In last night’s newscast, we showed you snippets of the Senate Special Select Committee hearing on the Auditor General’s special audit into immigration department. Tonight we continue to air several aspects that caught our attention.


Firstly, in the second session held on December 7th, Auditor General Dorothy Bradley made a critical concession in the eyes of her detractors when she corrected a statement in her report that Ministers signing recommendation letters for the processing of visas, nationality and passport documents were irregular and not illegal. This concession meant that the controversial actions from Ministers who issued letters directly to Immigration officials was perhaps less controversial than suspected. Yesterday, however, the Auditor General cited illegality when the Committee discussed the approval of visa applications that were backed by unauthorized sponsors.


Carla Faber, Head of Audit Team


“On the financial support letter you have the section that says that the person who is the sponsor solemnly declared that they are a Belizean National.”


markSenator Mark Lizarraga – Representative for Chamber of Commerce and Industry


“And of course having, Permanent Residency Status it does not make you a Belizean National, so clearly the persons that attempted to sponsor in this instance couldn’t have, is that correct?”


Carla Faber, Head of Audit Team


“Yes”


Senator Mark Lizarraga – Representative for Chamber of Commerce and Industry


“I need to hear an answer.”


Dorothy Bradley – Auditor General of Belize


“Yes, could you repeat that question?”


Senator Mark Lizarraga – Representative for Chamber of Commerce and Industry


“I said, so then clearly persons that actually sponsored these individuals for their VISAS in their VISA application were not entitled to do so, on the law?”


Dorothy Bradley – Auditor General of Belize


“Yes”


Senator Mark Lizarraga – Representative for Chamber of Commerce and Industry


“But yet we see that there is a column that sys Minister’s request or Minister letter, so is it your believe that these people in fact got these VISAS only on the strength on the minister’s request or the minister’s letter then?”

 

Dorothy Bradley – Auditor General of Belize


“I don’t know, we found letters from the minister but I think it is a question for the immigration officer so we thought it was irregular so we brought it to the fore front.”


Senator Mark Lizarraga – Representative for Chamber of Commerce and Industry


“Now madam, auditor General, in these instances was the issuing of VISAS irregular or illegal?”


Dorothy Bradley – Auditor General of Belize


“It would appear that it was illegal.”

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