Bodden Town MLA Alva Suckoo said the country’s permanent residence (PR) backlog is a blossoming public relations nightmare for government.
The former government back bencher told Cayman 27 the elephant in the room – a stack of some 900 untouched PR applications received under the 2013 Immigration Law – has been on government’s radar for quite some time.
Mr. Suckoo said he fears without some resolution the country could be heading toward another round of mass status grants.
He said before his departure from the progressives bench, he complained that cabinet should have more involvement with the immigration process, but he’s not expecting a solution under this administration.
“Some action has to be taken, some decisions have to be made. Perhaps look at those who qualify, and it’s quite obvious that they would qualify, and go ahead and grant this and deal with the other ones later on,” said Mr. Suckoo. “I suspect the government is gonna kick this one down the road a little bit.”
He said there was talk of the premier making him the Councillor for immigration at the end of 2015, a position Mr. Suckoo now refers to as a “poison chalice.”
He told Cayman 27 government should have been working to address this issue from long ago.