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As a nation, we stand by the principle that we were “forged from the love of liberty…”. We believe that every “creed and race can find an equal place…”
Most of all, we stand for ‘tolerance’.
One is forced to ask the question, is it possible that Trinbagonians are capable of such unwelcoming and inhumane treatment? Do we not have a responsibility to help those in need?
The reality of the situation is that regardless of what we attempt to do as a means of avoiding more Venezuelans entering into our country, the fact of the matter is that our geographical location and overall limited border security makes it almost impossible to remove ourselves from the overall situation. Venezuelans will continue to come in their numbers for the foreseeable future! Our responsibility is to place upon our politicians the necessary pressure to create a framework so that the process is smooth. The European Union affords us a great example of what to do and what not to do in dealing with a migrant crisis.
SO WHAT CAN WE DO?
As much as we are Trinbagonians, we are first and foremost human beings. And human beings ought to be treated as such, with a level of dignity. On the state level, quite frankly it’s the government’s job to ensure that they take the necessary measures to prevent human trafficking and prostitution among Vene-dadians or Trini-zuelans. Like it or not, they are becoming part of our national fabric.
IF THE SHOE WAS ON THE OTHER FOOT
Over a ten year period, say 2008 to the present, oil prices have plummeted from a high of around $150 to the present low - a 50% drop. The US has now become a major oil producer, Hugo Chavez is dead, and Donald Trump is US President. Trust me, circumstances can change fast.
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The fact of the matter is that in the overall arch of history, we’re all really travelers in the end. We came from some place, and we’re going some place, so let’s approach our moment of reckoning with bravery and compassion. The world is watching, and our history is being recorded.
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