Some Views on CNMI Federalization

March 13, 2008

Chamberonomics 42...Yes

The Marianas Variety asked readers to submit articles on their stand on federalization. Theodore Roosevelt appropriately described our current crisis when he said:

“Never under any condition should this nation look at an immigrant as primarily a labor unit. He should always be looked at primarily as a future citizen.”

I support federalization of labor, immigration, and an immediate and continued increase in minimum wages here.

Ron Hodges

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Letter to the Editor: On federalization

Today's Marianas Variety carried a letter to the editor by Javier Atalig.

He stated:

"HOW DO I FEEL ABOUT FEDERALIZATION? IT’S OUR ONLY WAY TO ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND IMMIGRATION CONTROL...

...As for immigration status — those who comply with the rules and regulations no matter how long they have lived or worked in the CNMI should be granted green cards and let’s move forward. As for those who illegally stayed in the CNMI, they should be deported immediately. Afterward, phase out contract workers

Does it make any sense that every time the CNMI government wants something from the feds we insist on getting it, but when the federal government wants something from the CNMI government we flat out say, “No way USA!”

2 comments:

Saipan Writer said...

I was impressed with his letter, although I'm feeling disheartened that the present federalization bill seems to have been abandoned, and we have a new one in the mix.

Site Administrator said...

It is so depressing to see how our government works (or doesn't). I have been told it has nothing to do with this legislation, but is the way the Senate has worked for the entire year. It's the same bill, repackaged.