Hispanic community raises concerns

MyVueNews Staff-writer

Many in the Hispanic community turned out to the town hall meeting to hear how Government could assist with their concerns.

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 23rd March, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – In a town hall meeting at the Newtown Community Centre, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris told members of the Hispanic community of St. Kitts that he wanted them to feel welcomed and safe in the federation.

The 22nd February meeting was arranged to hear the specific concerns of the Hispanic community, with the intention of resolving issues that were raised.

Speaking to the audience in Spanish, Prime Minister Harris said, “We are happy on this occasion to welcome you to our country, remembering with fondness and gratitude that one time, long ago, our people, too, visited your country for improved opportunities. We are happy now to be able to reciprocate, and we want you to feel welcomed and safe in our country.”

Many in attendance used the opportunity to raise pressing concerns being experienced. Such issues included discrimination, employment, citizenship, social security, residency, social safety nets and housing.

Responding during the question and answer period, Prime Minister Harris said, “It is interesting to hear the many issues that you have, and we are going to work hard as a government to bring solutions to your problems… Some of the problems would be easy to resolve and some will take more time, but we will work on all of these, and we will keep you informed.”

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards, the parliamentary representative for East Basseterre, Ian Patches Liburd, and several other members of the Team Unity Cabinet.

Key leaders in the Hispanic community seated at the head table were Heriberto Torres, Gilberto Pie and Alexander Mitrell.

(Photos courtesy SKNIS)

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