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“I think it is true to say that it is the region in the world with the most territories still under colonial overrule — in whatever form”– St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves talks about the Caribbean.

Maureen Hayden Carter“We should be willing and prepared to design products and services that are exclusive to Jamaicans overseas; and provide the avenues that allow them to further contribute to the development of the country” - Maureen Hayden-Carter, managing director of Jamaica National underscores the importance of investment opportunities for the nation’s diaspora.

Keith Rowley“Caribbean cricket has been hijacked by a small clique of people who are hell bent on destroying Caribbean cricket and my position (is), unless the question is answered as to who owns that asset, we’re spinning top in mud” – Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley explains the region’s cricket team’s problem to CNC 3’s morning television show recently.

United States President Donald Trump recently signed executive ordesr banning travel to the U.S. from several Muslim-majority countries. Trump’s order sparked outrage. It was blocked by multiple U.S. courts. Below are some of the reactions from the Caribbean American community:

 

“We have to change how people feel about Trump and his attack on immigrantsEvery xenophobe also voted for Trump, and we’re seeing it play out”Jumanne D. Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants and New York State Assembly member.

Bichotte Rodneyse“I know this is not the end, and we need to prepare people for what is to come” - New York State Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte, daughter of Haitian immigrants.

 * “Make no mistake, this ban is only the beginning. If we do not take a stand now, the state of immigration in this country will only become worse and soon it will not just be refugees and people from a certain region getting barred; it will be everyone who does not fit the criteria of the Trump administration” - Ritha Pierre, president of the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York.

* “As leaders in a city that has welcomed immigrant communities for hundreds of years, we need to fight back, and reassure our immigrant friends and neighbors that we stand together in protecting them” – New York state legislator Jesse Hamilton, who declared his Brooklyn district a “Sanctuary Senate District” following Trump’s executive order.

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