(Caribbean News Service) GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Feb 18 2017 – Leaders of the 15-nation Caribbean Community expressed concern Friday that US President Donald Trump’s immigration policies could lead to a slowdown in travel to a region dependent on tourism.
As Caribbean leaders wrapped up their mid-term summit in Guyana’s capital city Georgetown, incoming CARICOM Chairman Keith Mitchell — prime minister of Grenada — said the trade bloc has adopted a “wait-and-see attitude” with respect to America’s evolving migration policy and how it affects the region’s vital tourism industry.
“We must obviously be concerned with the recent issue related to immigration, and the impact it will have on our citizens and… on tourism,” Mitchell told a news conference at the close of the two-day summit, the first since President Trump took office.
Millions of Caribbean nationals live in the United State as permanent residents, naturalized citizens or illegal aliens.
Many travel regularly to their home countries, while others send remittances totalling hundreds of millions of dollars each year to relatives who remain in the Caribbean.