The Ministry of Human Resources and Immigration today (Wednesday 24 October 2018) gazetted for public consultation a number of bills central to the proposed creation of two new Government agencies on 1 January 2019.
The public is advised that the Immigration (Transition) Bill, 2018, Customs and Border Control Bill, 2018 and the Advance Passenger Information (Amendment) Bill, 2018 are now available for a 21-day public consultation period.
Published with Issue 81 of The Extraordinary Gazette, the bills and amendments to legislation, seek to establish in law the future operations and the statutory framework for Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman (WORC) and Customs and Border Control (CBC).
In addition to a number of new responsibilities, WORC will deliver functions currently provided by the administrative arm of the Department of Immigration (DOI) and National Workforce Development Agency. Meanwhile, CBC will unite the Customs Department and the Border Control and enforcement sections of the DOI.
Following the 21-day public consultation period, the bills will be discussed in the Legislative Assembly before the vote is taken.
Future amendments to legislation are expected the first quarter of 2019 as WORC begins to implement online and automated information systems.
Interested persons can review the bills in full at www.gazettes.gov.ky.
The Cayman Islands Department of Immigration’s (DOI) Enforcement Division continues operations to tackle illegal immigration and bolster compliance with the country’s immigration laws.
Through proactive patrols and operations, DOI officers enforce the law to enhance public safety, border security and the integrity of the immigration system.
After reviewing the final data collected from the department’s recent Immigration Amnesty campaign, officials report that a total of 185 overstayers fled the Cayman Islands during the month of August 2018.
“The revised number of 185 includes the previously reported 14 persons that voluntarily turned themselves into the Enforcement Division,” Deputy Chief Immigration Officer, Gary Wong, explained. “The additional 171 individuals are comprised of those that simply left via airlines without notifying the department, and were identified as part of the post-amnesty assessment.”
Reports show that Jamaican nationals accounted for the highest number of overstayers with a total of 75, followed by Americans with 55 overstayers. A breakdown of the data by gender, age and nationality shows:• 91 males and 96 females• 179 adults and eight children (under age 18)• one Belizean national• one British Overseas Territory Citizen• two Barbadian nationals• five Canadian nationals• two Swiss nationals• two Chilean nationals• one Colombian national • four Cuban nationals• two Czech nationals• nine British nationals• 16 Honduran nationals• one Hungarian national • three Indian nationals• 75 Jamaican nationals • one Filipino national• three Swedish nationals• one Trinidadian national• 55 American nationals• one South African national
The longest period of overstaying was found to be 13 1/2 years, with 122 individuals found to have overstayed for less than one week.
“This year’s immigration amnesty was a component of a wider effort by the Cayman Islands Government to reduce crime as well as criminal activity,” Mr. Wong noted. “The successful campaign also allowed for employers and the public to play a critical role by providing information to help officials locate wanted individuals.”
Throughout the month of August, officers with the Enforcement Division continued to actively pursue those persons in breach of the Immigration Law, and those who did not take advantage of the amnesty period.
On 16 August 2018, enforcement officers carried out a targeted operation in the vicinity of Spotts, Newlands. The suspect, a male Jamaican national, was found working at a residence in the area, and was arrested on allegations of working outside the terms and conditions of a work permit.
On 23 August 2018, another targeted operation was conducted at a local business in the George Town area. Upon arrival, enforcement officers issued a search warrant to the business owner on suspicion of illegal employment. After officers proceeded to search the building, the female Jamaican national suspected of working illegally at the location was not found.
On 4 September 2018, an operation was executed to locate a Saint Lucian national in violation of the Immigration Law for allegedly overstaying on island.
Based on information received by enforcement officers, a search warrant was issued for a residence in the West Bay area. After reviewing the premises, the suspect in question was not discovered. On 10 September 2018, enforcement officers continued their search in the Midland Acres area of Bodden Town, but with the same result.
On 13 September 2018, after receiving new information, officers carried out an operation at a compound in Bodden Town. The Saint Lucian national was successfully located and was arrested by the Enforcement Division.
“When officers are unable to locate a suspect, our efforts don’t simply stop there,” Mr. Wong said. “The division continues to actively pursue all leads, in addition to information provided by the public, until the individual is identified and subsequently arrested.”
He added: “We thank the public for their ongoing support, as enforcement officers will continue to crack down on illegal immigration and bring all offenders to justice.”
Prohibition & Restriction
· Any illegal drug or utensils are absolutely prohibited.
· Any illegal drug, pipe, utensil or thing used in the preparation or consumption of any illegal drug is prohibited.
· Any controlled drug is prohibited without lawful authorization.
· The import of any goods depicting or bearing any reference to marijuana in any form is prohibited.
· Counterfeit coins and notes are prohibited
· Instruments and appliances for gambling
· Unless they are transit goods, the export of lobster, conch or conch meat in any form is prohibited.
· Firearms, Ammunition and Bullet proof Vest unless accompanied by a permit and firearms license signed by the Commissioner of Police.
· Weapons: *Machine and Sub-Machine guns, *Automatic rifles, Any weapon of any description or design, adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid or gas, Black jack, Bludgeon, Flick knife, Gravity Knife, Knuckle duster, etc., is prohibited.
· Explosives other than gunpowder and blasting powder
· The import of Bows, pellet guns, catapults or other manually operated weapons which are capable of projecting arrows or other missiles is prohibited unless they are accompanied by a permit signed by the Commissioner of Police, by a person in connection with his competitive sporting activities or for activities relating to the cultural or historical aspects of weapons
· Spear guns and Hawaiian slings are prohibited under the marine conservation law.
· The import of rice, sugar and cement is prohibited, except with the permission of the Governor, from countries of origin other than: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Israel, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Republic of Honduras, United Kingdom and Commonwealth Countries, United States of America, Venezuela
· Caravans and prefabricated buildings other than storehouses and aircraft hangers
· The import of any model of the Hummer motor vehicle which exceeds 6.8 feet in width is prohibited.
· No vehicle of a type known to the motor vehicle trade as “moke” or “mini-moke” or any similar vehicle or vehicle commonly known as a “beach buggy” or “dune buggy” or any similar vehicle. No parts for any such vehicles may be imported into or used in the Islands without the permission of the Governor.
· No Double-decker omnibus shall be imported into or used in the Islands.
· No person, without the prior permission of the Governor or Public Transportation Board, may import into or use in the Islands any motor vehicle which is constructed for the carriage of more than nine persons excluding the driver. Vehicles of this type must have the passenger door opening on the left side of the vehicle.
· No motorcycle may be used in the Islands in combination with a sidecar and no sidecar may be imported into the Islands.
· Any vehicle imported into the islands in contravention of any of the above will not be accepted for registration.
· Obscene writings, drawings, prints, paintings, printed matter, pictures, posters, emblems, photographs, cinematograph, films, discs, tapes, or other obscene objects is prohibited.
· Publications contrary to the public interest, which are the subject of an order made by the Governor in Cabinet
· Other prohibitions and restrictions arise from The Animals Law, The Endangered Species and Propagation Law, The Plants Law and any other law that prohibits or restricts the import/export of certain items or anything that maybe prescribed by the Governor from time to time. Copies of all Laws can be purchased from the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly building.
Radio and Transmitters Restrictions
VHF RADIOS, RADAR AND CB RADIOS
Importers of radio or radar apparatus must be in possession of the relevant license permit or certificate, except where exempted. Please contact the Cayman Islands Customs and Border Control Service for further information.
The import of marine radio transmitting equipment for operation in the A.M. mode only within the bands 1605 and 4000 kHz is prohibited.
The Cayman Islands Department of Immigration (DOI) has confirmed that the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) has reopened to accommodate the arrival of 11 Cuban migrants.
The individuals were transferred from Cayman Brac to the Grand Cayman facility on Thursday, 4 October 2018.
The group, which consists of nine males and two females, arrived in Cayman Brac on Friday, 28 September 2018, after their broken vessel was sighted by Immigration and Customs officers.
Due to safety concerns, the boat and its occupants were towed to shore, and the group was assessed by local physicians.
Since the closing of IDC, after a group of migrants was released and relocated to approved DOI accommodations, officials have conducted repairs and renovations as necessary to ensure the facility is a safe, suitable, clean and a healthy environment for all occupants.