Changes to the Immigration Regulations, proposed by the Government will not receive any support from the Opposition.
Speaking at the United National Congress' Monday Night Forum at the Aranjuez North Secondar School, Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said that the Government filed "something known as Immigration Regulation".
"And we have applied to annul those regulations," she said.
"On May 24, a few days before the registration process began, they published these Immigration Regulations. It was only brought to our attention a few days ago because the way the law is framed they have to lay it in Parliament. These regulations took effect immediately upon publication in the Gazette," she said.
"We have the opportunity to file a motion to annul it – which we have done – but they just need a simple majority," she said.
She said it was "frightening" that changes to the Immigration Regulations sought to give the minister in charge of immigration the "power to regularize and naturalize aliens - non-Commonwealth citizens".
"If you are a Commonwealth citizen there is a certain process to become a resident and or to become a citizen, but if you are an alien such as those from Venezuela, in the law," she said.
"This is giving power to a politician and a member of the present government, the power to make one of these or the 14,000 or 20,000 Venezuelans to give them the residency then the citizenship," she said.
Persad-Bissessar cited an interview with the Venezuelan ambassador who said that legally registered Venezulans could apply for residency or citizenship in T&T.
"If they are given residency they can vote in a local election and after that if they are granted citizenship with the stroke of a pen they are going to be allowed to vote there is no way, we in the Opposition can support that kind of law," she said.
The UNC deputy political leader Jearlean John also questioned whether the registration process was being used by the Government to bolster votes in the upcoming elections.
She said the registration of the Venezuelians had nothing to do with compassion, it was not as a result of humanitarian effort on the part of the Government.
"Most likely friends of the Government told them their businesses were understaffed, because Trinidadian and Tobagonians, only want handouts, and don’t want to work, you know the stereotype that is put out there," John said.
Reporter: Renuka Singh