An anonymous CNS reader writes an open letter to Cayman Islands lawmakers: Since you are once again attempting to fix the immigration law, may I suggest a change that will actually benefit Caymanians. Please fix the law so that Caymanian mothers are not discriminated against. Caymanian mothers who give birth overseas are denied the right to give their Caymanian nationality to their child. This sexist denial of a woman’s basic human right glares at you, and yet you have not addressed it.
There are Caymanian ‘children’ in their 60’s who are discovering that, after being recognized as Caymanians all their lives, suddenly the government (you) requires an application and birth certificates and affidavits and money (have I hit on the reason?) so that a paper can be issued — so they can be Caymanian. This blatant sexist discrimination and denial of a woman’s basic human right is screaming for a fix.
In 1981 the Honourable Dennis Foster CVO CBE, then head of government, advised many Caymanians born overseas in the 1940’s and 1950’s (as was quite common) to apply for and pay for the paper being issued at that time to “prevent problems in the future”. Those who followed his advice are now discovering that it didn’t work. These Caymanians are having the problems that Mr Dennis predicted, despite his best efforts for his people. The Honourable Mr Dennis would be ashamed of you all.
A Caymanian mother has a Caymanian womb, no matter where she is at any moment in time. Her womb does not become a Jamaican womb if she is in Jamaica nor does it become a Canadian womb if she is in Canada. A baby born from that Caymanian womb, is a Caymanian. What part of this do you not understand?
A little piece of advice for lawmakers who would like to be re-elected: help Caymanians while you still have a chance. Human rights can no longer be ignored.