Aruba decided not to dance to the erratic song of the Venezuelan despot and when he declared earlier yesterday that the border between Venezuela and Aruba is open Aruba’s MInPres took a decision in this island’s favor and said, no thanks, it is inopportune, inconvenient, we need to figure things out first, not now.
So why did the crazy bus driver turned disastrous head of state decide to all of a sudden ‘permit’ the opening of the closed-again border?
I asked around.
The Chavistas ran out of cologne and needed to go shopping. Panama is too hot!
They had a surplus of bananas
They decided to ‘punish’ Curacao for serving as a US hub, and demonstrate their fondness of Aruba’s so-called impartiality.
In support of Aruba Air that is making hand over fist money, running that route.
And the best was: Honestly Rona, I really cannot come up with anything that makes sense.
But all my friends agreed the border should remain closed. Less influx of people, and the threat of immigration. Less dependence on a capricious dictator’s whims.
Tourism from Venezuela? Those still coming here squirreled their money away in US banks, and travel via Columbia or Panama to get on vacation on their favorite island.
Produce? The Dominican Republic, Columbia and the US fulfil our produce needs, more expensively, but then what’s new, Aruba is an expensive island.
The core of the issue is immigration. As it stands right now, in accordance with international treaties, if a Venezuelan national lands on Aruba by plane or boat from that country it is within his rights to file a petition for asylum, at the airport or anywhere else, at anytime.
GOA is making good progress debating the issue, reportedly MinPres and MinJust are spending considerable time making progress in the right direction.
We are a tiny speck of a county and cannot be overrun by newcomers but there are things we can do, and the job-market could use an influx of qualified hands, so once they figure out the how, MinPres in her weekly news summary promised to let us know.
Breaking news: A press release that flew across my desk from the office of Prome Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes asked for a National Prayer Hour. We were all instructed to conduct a prayer session on Sunday from 9am to 10am, sixty minutes of reflection and positive thoughts towards four subjects: Family, Unity, Venezuela & GOA.
You can announce you will be conducting a prayer hour, you can invite us to join, but you can’t petition us to pray. I thought we lived under separation of church and state.