60 Minutes spotlights on Caribbean ‘Passports for Sale’

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NEWS AMERICAS NOW – The controversial practice in some Caribbean nations of Citizenship By Investment was in the global spotlight Sunday as CBS’ 60 Minutes put the focus on what it called simply: “Passports for Sale.”

Steve Kroft along with producers Graham Messick and Evie Salomon, interviewed Lennox Linton, a Member of Parliament in Dominica, who talked  the option of getting a passport there for as little as US 100,000.

“You don’t even have to come to Dominica to get the citizenship. You pay the money from wherever you are,” Linton stated.

The show’s producers also spoke with international lawyer Sirous Motevassel, a Middle Easterner from Iran who lives in Dubai but travels on a CARICOM passport from St. Kitts and Nevis. The passport allows him entry to more than 100 countries without having to get special permission. Motevassel reitereated that the St. Kitts passport is available for a real estate investment of  $250,000 or a $400,000 and is a legal way to circumvent visa controls that some nations set up.

In St. Kitts, the report said, 40 percent of the government’s revenue came from selling passports.

Apart from Dominica and St. Kitts, Grenada, St. Lucia, and Antigua have also adopted the program as well. Antigua & Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne, told 60 Minutes that the revenue from the country’s three-year-old program has kept the government from defaulting on its international loans and has turned the economy around.

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9 comments

  1. I support unreservedly the CIP. I voted against the former gov't because there were too many hangers-on just waiting for any opportunity to squeeze a dollar out of the govt, my any means necessary. I started off listening to the opponents of the CIP as proposed my the UWP but the more I listen, the more convinced I am that they are just empty vessels. They are making noise for the sake of making noise. One thing is clear, the former PM referred to the present PM as, the Donald Trump of St. Lucia. He was correct because the present PM will make St.Lucia great again. And that is want the noise makers fear.

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  2. I support unreservedly the CIP. I voted against the former gov't because there were too many hangers-on just waiting for any opportunity to squeeze a dollar out of the govt, my any means necessary. I started off listening to the opponents of the CIP as proposed my the UWP but the more I listen, the more convinced I am that they are just empty vessels. They are making noise for the sake of making noise. One thing is clear, the former PM referred to the present PM as, the Donald Trump of St. Lucia. He was correct because the present PM will make St.Lucia great again. And that is want the noise makers fear.

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  3. Sometime last month, I read 2 CIP applications were rejected. I laughed so hard. These two had to be the scummiest. This entire program should have been decided through a referendum. Let the people decide. By now it is clear, St. Lucians detest that slimy program. There are fundamental questions. Who is a St. Lucian? What it means to be a St. Lucian? The most disrespecting thing is that they are not even required to take an oath.

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  4. When and where do we the people come together to demonstrate our displeasure and demand an immediate Halt to the SELL OUT of our birth right.

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  5. At least before Chastanet and his bunch of clowns laid hands on the program and lowed costs and made other checks much more easier, it was that bit more difficult to acquire St Lucian passports. In the face of these revelations Chastanet will have to justify his wisdom. In doing so will he please don't tell us SLP forced him to do anything

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  6. This is why I strongly support Ralph's move not to sell SVG

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  7. I wish this cip was not in existance...I am of the opinion that one day born and blood st lucians will pay for the sins of criminals who only gave politicians kickbacks.....

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  8. This is what we have reduced to
    A mockery of the world

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  9. view it for yourself,

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-citizenship-passport-international-industry/

    I'm personally not supportive of this move for the sale of our P

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