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Prime Minister concerned about backlash from new immigration rules

Published:Thursday | November 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM
File Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Perry Christie ( at left)

PM concerned about backlash

from new immigration rules

NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC):

The Government is prepared to start damage control as criticism mounts about the new immigration restrictions that took effect on November 1.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Perry Christie told reporters that while he stands behind the policy changes that were implemented to tackle illegal migration, he admitted that he was worried about the firestorm of international criticism.

He said Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell is expected to travel to Washington, DC, shortly to explain the changes.

His comments came as international human rights watchdog Amnesty International expressed concern about the impact the changes will have on immigrants and their children, particularly those of Haitian origin.

According to Christie, the government had to do what was best for its citizens by clamping down on illegal migration.