Leaders representing the 15 nations of the Caribbean community are concerned over US President Donald Trump’s immigration policies for their believe that the policies could have a detrimental effect in the tourism industry of the Caribbean nations.
The concern was expressed at the mid-term summit of Caribbean leaders in Guyana’s capital city Georgetown on Friday. Currently the trade bloc has adopted a “wait-and-see”attitude” as far as America’s migration policy is concerned and how it affects the region’s vital tourism industry.
The leaders said that they are concerned with what has been going on in US as far as immigration policies are concerned. Millions of Caribbean nationals live in the United State as permanent residents, naturalised citizens or illegal aliens. Many travel regularly to their home countries, while others send remittances totaling hundreds of millions of dollars each year to relatives who remain in the Caribbean.
Leaders say they understand why some Caribbean residents in the US are not ready to leave the country. Trump’s recent attempt at banning immigrants from some majority Muslim countries has raised concerns that the US President may try to impose harsher travel restrictions on Caribbean residents as well.
The leaders are hoping that US Congress would temper Trump’s executive actions on immigration.
Trump said on Thursday he will announce a new executive order on immigration next week, after his original, much-criticised travel ban was blocked by US courts.
The January 27 order was widely criticised as amounting to a ban on Muslims, and also for being rolled out sloppily—with virtually no warning to the public or preparation of the agencies tasked with enforcing it.