Legislation Sets Foundation for New Unified Border Agency

09 November 2018, 8:00 AM
Politics & Government

Recently proposed legislation by the Ministry of Human Resources and Immigration aims to provide the legal framework for the establishment of a new intelligence-driven border control agency.

The Cayman Islands Customs and Border Control Department (CBC), a merger of existing customs and immigration entry and landing functions, will commence operations on 1 January 2019.

The tabled Customs and Border Control Bill, 2018 and the Advance Passenger Information (Amendment) Bill, 2018 will facilitate the Government’s policy objective of modernising the country’s national security strategies as it relates to border protection and public safety.

“Security is a key policy priority for the Government” Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin stated. “Integrating border security services will allow us to establish a more unified force when protecting our Islands from criminals and crimes that put at risk the safety of our community and the reputation of our country. This draft legislation is an essential early step in helping us to achieve this goal and will only become stronger as we move through the legislative process.”

The CBC’s Director (Designate) Charles Clifford explained the CBC’s intelligence-led, risk management approach will incorporate various methods and technologies to strengthen security measures, and streamline current business processes for travelling passengers and all persons who utilise the agency’s services.

“Collaboration is key to ensure this merger is effective and beneficial for all residents and visitors of the Cayman Islands,” he noted.

The Customs and Border Control Bill, 2018 seeks to move legal authority related to border control management under the Immigration Law (2015 Revision) from the Department of Immigration to CBC. The legislation for the functioning of CBC also incorporates all provisions of the Customs Law (2017 Revision).


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