Rep. George Miller's Statement on the Passage of S.2739

April 10, 2008

Chairman George Miller’s Statement on Senate Approval of Northern Mariana Islands Immigration Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC – 4/10/08 – U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee who has sought reform of the laws governing the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) for more than 15 years, issued the following statement today on the Senate’s approval of S.2739. That legislation, which was approved by a vote of 91-4, incorporates a provision that will bring the CNMI within the federal immigration system:

“Today, the Senate passed a bill to end the broken immigration system in the CNMI and help begin to restore human rights to individuals working there. The Senate’s good work today marks the first time that both the House and Senate have approved legislation closing the legal loopholes that have allowed some of the poorest men and women in the world to be lured to the CNMI, abused, and exploited in sweatshops in this American territory.

“For more than a decade, a lobbyist by the name of Jack Abramoff joined then-Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX) and others in Congress to block our reform efforts. We sought these changes so that we could put a stop to the well-documented and widespread abuse of poor men and women in the garment and tourism industry in the CNMI and to better secure America's borders.

“Jack Abramoff is now in prison and Tom Delay has resigned in disgrace. Very few people would defend the status quo in the CNMI, which has done such damage to workers and their families over the years.

“Coupled with the increase in the minimum wage that we enacted last year, this bill will help put an end to the old practices and, I hope, will help the CNMI open a new chapter of economic prosperity in compliance with American law.”


Ron Hodges said...

George Miller for President!!!!!!!

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