As the conversation surrounding immigrants and employment in the Virgin Islands (VI) continues, the 'Honestly Speaking' radio show moderator and pastor, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, is calling for the deportation of unemployed expatriates residing in the territory, as a matter of priority.
"If these people are not working, they need to be deported out of the territory," he said unapologetically on the Tuesday, October 15, 2019, edition of Honestly Speaking.
'Not the best talent' - Skelton Cline
"You can't have a situation where you continue to grow the population with not some of the best talents, not some of the best gifts, not from people who are making a contribution who will advance this territory," he said in promising to increase pressure and 'pound the table' to bring the issue on the forefront.
According to Mr Skelton-Cline, he expects that the topic will generate some type of controversy; however, he said the issue continues to be disturbing to not only him, but several others residing in the territory, especially women.
"The place needs to be cleaned up, the town looks dirty, it feels dirty," he pointed out to his listening audience regarding the state of the main business areas.
"Everybody and their mama selling something... everybody all throughout the place setting up a stand. That is not Virgin Islanders, we ought not let people come and so drastically change the contour and character of our country," he uttered in pointing out an influx of vending in certain parts of the territory.
Further highlighting social issues that may come as a result of the influx of men in the territory, he said, "then the next thing will happen, they are going to start having children by somebody, that's more lights and more classrooms needed, more this and more that... more health service to be provided, we have to manage our growth," he underscored.
However, even as Pastor Skelton-Cline has called for the deportation of unemployed immigrants, Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) said his administration is willing to give some time for those unemployed on a work permit to find another job.
Yet, according to Hon Wheatley, those categories of immigrants should have to leave the territory as per the laws.
Mr Skelton-Cline, in touching on the perceived change in culture brought about by immigrants residing in the territory, said: "We as a people have to do a far better job as Virgin Islanders in promoting our own culture and insist that certain things happen, and not just allow everything, a free for all in this country."