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We are used to seeing the Traffic Wardens set up traffic checkpoints along different streets on the island, surprising unsuspecting motorists who do not have their driver’s license or have their insurance expired! Yes it comes as an inconvenience, at times, but it’s their job to keep us in line.

To the surprise of others, the Traffic Wardens were joined yesterday, Wednesday, July 27, 2011, by the Immigration Department that was conducting documentation checks on visitors and immigrants. It was part of their random and routine check-ups that they conduct on the island to assure foreigners have the proper documentations.

They check for ID’s, passports, legal documents and keep an eye on for foreigners and suspicious characters. Those who cannot provide proper proof or reasonable identification are taken to the Immigration Office from further interrogation.


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Dorian Nuñez


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    Do they get a percentage of the profits from fines?

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    um, but it is unrealistic to expect a tourist to walk around with their passport.

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    I agree that there should be check points and Immigration should check for Documents.  But why should we insult people by telling them aliens????  I bet that if you dont have a JOB that can support ur family you would go to the END OF THE WORLD to fine one.  Many "BELIZEAN" have gone to the states to work! Do you BELIEZEAN like if they treat them bad???? If the American insult them??? GUEST not right well lets just be polite to HUMAN BEINGS.... O n I am BELIZEAN by the way.

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    it is standard procedure for immigration to check for legal status in a country... in the United States it is done, in Mexico it is done... so y not do it here in Belize... Just recently a wanted individual was caught in San Pedro... so these immigration checkpoints will definitely help in the minimization of criminals using our jewel as their escape. Kudos to the immigration office... I would like to see the traffic department having more checkpoints and arresting drivers under the influence...

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    Sounds to me like a very good way to annoy the very tourists that the island depends on. I personally never carry my passport around with me and would consider it a curtailment of my civil liberties if I had to.

    Should I have been stopped by these people, and then detained further because I wasn't carrying a piece of paper that even the law doesn't say that I have to carry, then I am pretty sure that this would be the very last time that I went to that country. I would also tell all of my friends not to visit that country.

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    Why are some of the comments against the emforcement of a good and necessary law?

    I am a Belizean who has been aroundl. I visited Mexico, USA, and Canada; and they all do the same thing - the USA being a little more intrusive.

    I did not get upset because I could not see myself running around without any form of identification document in a place where no one know me.

    If you are a tourist or visitor running around without any document to prove your identity, how are the people and legal authorities going to identify you and call your family if something happens to you on the road or street where no one knows who you are?

    The fugitives need to be hunted down. The economic immigrants who are living and working here illegally can also be fugitives. I know of one fugitive who was working as a security supervisor at a resort in the middle of town. He was using a purchased passport with a new name but I don't see him on the Island anymore.

    Some residents of the island and some visitors like to put their untrained little children to drive golf carts on the streets. Such irresponsible practices endangers the lives of everyone on the streets. I don't know of any other place in the world where this is allowed.

    So, yes, the police, immigration, and traffic personnel need to do more checks to keep the island under control.

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