Legislators of the National Democratic Party and Progressive Virgin Islands Movement in particular used the matter to villify the VIP administration, while trying to score political points ahead of the general elections just days away.
“It makes people feel that somehow something sinister went on… and then my colleague was talking about too fast, well I don’t know any right pace for anything,” he added.
On the advice of Governor John J. Rankin, CMG, in consultation with Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Whealtey (R7), the 4th House of Assembly (HOA) was on, April 17, 2023, recalled by Governor Rankin to validate the status of 688 persons who were granted simultaneous Belongership and Residency Certificates under the Government’s "Fast Track’ process when they did not qualify for both.
“I agree with the Governor to some extent, let's put it to rest… let all of those persons who got status know, you’re ok. No one can come and question it,” he added.
“It’s not about VIP, it's about people’s lives and families, persons who are trying to make this place their home.. finally felt like that they are part of a community,” he added.