President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Submits Immigration Act For Enactment
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe, LINA
MONROVIA, Sept 8 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has submitted a bill titled the Liberia Immigration Service Act 2015 to the House of Representatives for enactment into law.
In a letter to House Speaker J. Alex Tyler dated August 21, 2015 and read in session Tuesday, she indicated that the Act shall enforce all laws and regulations relating to immigration, citizenship, naturalization and related matters.
Pres. Sirleaf explained, “as Liberia commits to transition its system with that of its international partners, and its membership in the United Nations’ standard pattern of governance within the security apparatus, the Ministry of Justice has embarked on reforming the Liberia Immigration Service, formally the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization in consultation and collaboration with all of the relevant stakeholders and security sectors in Liberia.”
According to her, the Liberia Immigration Service Act addresses policy issues that need to be in conformity with international standards.
The Liberian Chief Executive named some of the cardinal points considered in the Act as providing a clear hierarchical structure, decentralization of the Liberia Immigration Service, respect of law, discipline of immigration officers, immigration officers or civilian personnel being subjected to civilian authority of a Civilian Complaints Review Commission, among others.
“Mr. Speaker, in fulfillment of Liberia’s commitment to maintaining a secure and stable country in the absence of UNMIL, and considering the improved governance and hierarchical structure outlined in the Act, the Liberia Immigration Service will integrate and transition into international security standard in performance of its required immigration duties,” President Sirleaf emphasized..
She therefore requested the Lower House’s timely enactment of the Act into law in order to fulfill the government’s national and international commitment of being capable to maintain the peace and security in the absence of UNMIL.
Following the reading of the communication, Plenary forwarded the Act to the joint committees on Judiciary, National Security and Foreign Affairs for review with a recommendation to report within two weeks.
The BIN was established within the Ministry of Justice under Section 22.11, Sub Chapter A, Chapter 22 of the Executive Law, Title 12 of the Liberia Code of Laws Revised and Section 2.2 of Title 4 of the Alien and Nationality Law of Liberia.