Fingerprinting delayed


The  Immigration Department has deferred plans to introduce fingerprinting at Barbados’ ports of entry from April 1. Accordingly, until further notice, no passengers, whether Barbadian or non-national, will be required to be fingerprinted.

This was announced in a statement issued by the Government Information Service a short while ago in which it quoted the Acting Chief Immigration Officer, Wayne Marshall, as saying the decision to defer the start of the biometrics screening programme was taken to allow the department more time to re-examine some of the issues, especially the legal issues, raised in the public arena, both orally and in writing, and to increase public awareness about the initiative.

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Marshall made it clear that all legal procedures previously undertaken in adopting the Immigration (Biometric) Regulations, 2015, will be revisited, and any irregularities found corrected. This review is taking place in collaboration with the Solicitor General’s Chambers and the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel.

Marshall noted that the benefits of fingerprinting were national in scope and included enhancing the level of national security; identifying individuals travelling with fraudulent identification documents; strengthening border control; reducing crime; improving investigation of crime; and preserving the high international ranking of the Barbados passport.

He also revealed that, to date, fingerprint readers have been installed at 20 desks in the Arrivals Hall at the airport. Special arrangements are also being put in place to ensure easy accessibility to the readers by wheelchair-bound passengers.

Additionally, kiosks are being installed to permit Barbadians and other select categories of persons to benefit from easier, smoother and faster passage through Immigration at the Grantley Adams International Airport. (BGIS)


11 Responses to Fingerprinting delayed

  1. Santini More
    Santini More March 18, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    This Government is so frigging useless. How could they be telling the world they were going to be fingerprinting from April 1st when they had not thoroughly explored the legal ramifications?…This country has some genuinely intelligent people and yet those in power making decisions appear to be complete buffoons, and just keep embarrassing our country.

    • Arturo Edward March 18, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Wish there was a like button

  2. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar March 18, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Barbados is only place that citizens must be finger printed to enter or leave thier Country of birth. This is total madness. Let the Immigration tell us the Countries that subject their citizens to such madness.

    • Arturo Edward March 18, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Wish there was a like button

  3. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore March 18, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    It is ironic that i was just listening to Miss Mia Mottley in Parliament on Monday in her contribution to this year’s Estimates on this very issue. What was made clear in her analysis was that it is an illegal act, not in accordance with Parliamentary or legal statutes. Being only now aware of their error, we are now advised that this policy will be postponed. This DLP govt is consistent in one thing each & every time, the art of getting every thing wrong.

  4. harry turnover March 18, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    When I first heard about this finger printing issue the first thing that came across were delays upon top of delays at the points of entry and departure, BECAUSE Government is expecting the procedure can be implemented with the same staff levels.

  5. Alex Alleyne March 18, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Thought it was “done and dusted”, as soon as s SPECIAL GROUP open their mouth, you guys run .
    BDS is seen as easy pickings for crooks and you can walk the streets in short time if caught. The lawyers will just keep busy.

  6. Harry March 18, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    why am i not surprised…………..

  7. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty March 18, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I don’t care how much the government is guarding againt the potential threat of terrorism by implementing the fingerprints checks. This is one more example of government overreaching the scope of its authority, in the name of national security. Benjamin Franklin said: ” Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” And how can you challenge the constitutionality of a law that has not yet been ratified/ implemented?

  8. Arturo Edward March 18, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Of the one thousand lawyers knocking about here only one was prepared to stand up and be counted … then the rest thought it safe to follow. The person responsible for passing this thing thru Parliament is also a lawyer and should have known better … Something is woefully wrong with that fraternity

  9. Frank Gilkes March 18, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    I am no lawyer neither do I claim to have any knowledge of legal matters, however I was prepared to challenge this fingerprinting requirement, not on exiting Barbados but on returning to my homeland, where not even a prime minister can refuse me entry. I hope that common sense, which seem not to be too common among a certain class right now, would prevail and an amicable solution will be reached. yes we need to keep our country safe for all our citizens and our many visitors who come here to enjoy the pleasantries of our fair land but we must do so without infringing on the fundamental rights of our citizens, let us not put the cart before the horse or throw out the baby with the bath water.


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