May 3, 2010

30 years of immigration issues

OUR IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT last month marked its 30th anniversary as a stand-alone institution in an environment far different since it ceased being an appendage of the Royal Barbados Police Force.

Over that time, the department has had to face its share of challenges as the nation's growth and development brought with them increasingly complex issues of national, regional and international dimensions.

That first generation of issues would have severely tested the resilience of the department, called upon in recent years to play an increasingly vital role in safeguarding Barbados' national security and sovereignty. These have been relentlessly threatened by such nefarious forces as the illegal drugs trade, money laundering, terrorism, illegal firearms, human trafficking and other seamy and dangerous aspects of modern life.

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