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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: No problem with fingerprinting

Rev Errington Massiah

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: No problem with fingerprinting

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And he said to them, “whose likeness and inscription is this?

“they said to him ‘Caesar’s” Jesus said to them “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” – Mark 12: verse 16 and 17


OVER THE PAST weeks there have been announcements through the Government Information Service on radio and television that a new immigration policy will be coming into effect from April 1.

The Immigration Department will be implementing a system where everyone entering and departing Barbados will be fingerprinted. According to the Chief Immigration Officer, Erine Griffith, this will be followed later this year with a measure of facially scan passengers.

It has been noted that the only exemptions to these regulations will be holders of diplomatic passports and children under the age of 16.

Personally I see nothing wrong with being fingerprinted and being photographed and I do support it. There are too many people who should know better and are just opposing for the sake of opposing.

We love America so bad that whatever they ask us to do; we just jump and do it. When we apply for an American visa we are fingerprinted and photographed and yet we do not object.

Also when we arrive at any port of entry in the United States, we are fingerprinted and photographed again although the records are there from the visa.

The more information a country has on travellers coming in and out of its ports of entry, is for the better, for security purposes.

In the past months we have seen that our country is now faced with ATM fraud of which those who have been caught are mostly foreigners. I am sure that these security measures that are being brought into being will bring Barbados in line with other international ports of entry and such measures are said to be mandated under Immigration Regulations 2015.