There is a concern emerging from an Orange Walk resident concerning regulations at the Northern Border. Prominent businessman Rene Cuello says that he is completely against the system in place at Belize’s borders where Belizeans are requested by law to stamp their passports going out and coming into the country. Cuello says it is inconvenient and unnecessary.
Rene Cuello - Businessman
“It restrict you, sometimes you have to catch the line for nothing sometimes you only going to the casino going to spend some time you can’t casino is still Belize and what is ridiculous about it is that they want to arrest you and charge you, the law of the stamp is there because according to my understanding is that the law was there because of the Income Tax they use to ask you for when you leave Belize so you can’t go owing taxes that law has change they don’t ask you for that even if that is so you can’t go asking every citizen for income tax release we have no problem going across Mexico.”
Cuello adds that the people skills of some officers at the border are regrettable. He himself has had experiences which have left a bad impression of the border management.
Rene Cuello- Businessman
“When I reach at the Belize border there is the immigration officer right, everybody went out when you reach there they are searching your vehicle like a common criminal or whatever, where you going, I am not talking bad about officers there are some god officers that are reasonable but some that are not so when you get into Mexico only my wife took out the papers nobody came out and ask where you going or nothing right when we came back from Mexico the same thing there is a small booth you just give them and they are not watching how much people came into your vehicle now coming in to my country was an experience with the customs officer why treat people Belizeans that are coming into their own country like that, the officer at the checkpoint be the one to decide if you going to check treating you like an illegal alien.”
Cuello says he has personally seen other Belizeans go through unnecessary and sometimes even humiliating experiences at the northern border. We attempted to contact the immigration office for comment but have been unable to reach anyone so far.
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