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Why bother with CARICOM?

Published:Monday | April 11, 2016 | 4:00 AM


I am responding to a letter from Hilary Robertson-Hickling ('Anti-Trinidad sabre-rattling is immature') in The Gleaner of April 9, 2016.

I wonder why Mrs Robertson-Hickling is going off on a tangent about Europe and the United States. We are supposed to be part of an alliance, that being CARICOM. Why do we persist with CARICOM when it seems not to work in so many ways. Do Jamaican immigration officers treat Trinidadians and Barbadians the way immigration personnel in those countries treat Jamaicans?

As far as I am concerned, a person from one CARICOM country entering another cannot be doing so illegally, unless it can be proven he or she is entering with criminal intent. If there are restrictive conditions for entering some CARICOM countries, they should be made public.



Christ Church, Barbados