Path to Citizenship for Immigrants

March 9, 2009

My husband and I get lots of union mail, but this flyer caught my eye. Thought I would share it here since there is some debate over whether or not President Obama's Administration supports a pathway to citizenship for "hardworking" immigrants. 

Yes, we can!

The letter writing campaign is continuing until the end of March.  See this post.


Anonymous said...

A ranking official of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirmed yesterday that foreign workers who exit the CNMI before the start of the transition to federal immigration would need a U.S. visa to be able to return for work purposes, and that no “green card” will be granted to foreign workers by virtue of their long stay in the CNMI.

Spin baby spin.

Ron Hodges said...

Wendy - The comments to the Q and A on federalization in todays paper do not express the same sentiments.

wendy said...

The article restated that on the effective date June 1, 2009, or whatever it is (The transition can be delayed to November 2009, or as a congressional staffer told me, any date in between) no one will be granted green cards or be given permanent status. We already knew this. The grandfathering provision of the law was taken out due to successful lobbying effort of the Fitial Administration, nativist groups, and Guam legislators (Resolution 80).

However, the issue of status will be decided within two years of the signing of PL 110-229. The Interior report to Congress on the Nonresident Guest Worker Program is due two years after enactment of Pub. L. 110-229. (48 U.S.C. § 1806(h), 122 Stat. 860). So this means the issue will be back before Congress no later than May 8, 2010. It could be earlier which is one reason why the letter campaign was initiated.

No spin.

Melberlin said...

Wendy's right, they taken out that provision that Cohen and Congress stipulated. The only thing to do now is to continue what guest workers doing... not only letter campaign, but a better plan that every group should agreed and not different from one another. Two years is short for every guest worker to unite and have one will to succeed. Within that period, I am sure Fitial is out and whoever Gov candidate who is with us should be supported in the coming election. Aliens may help indirectly as long as legal issues concerning political involvements is observed, such as... any suggestion? Remember the next Gov is the best person that can help aliens improve their status.

Anonymous said...

Juan Babauta will support improving status and rights for aliens.

Anonymous said...

Melberlin, whoever you are, thank you for what you have commented on Greg Cruz' letter. You are absolutely right when you said that have nothing to lose if we aliens are given a better status. AMEN!

Mam Wendy is also right when she said that we already know that there is no green card to be given. I'd been saying that for so long, "Fitial's Admin successfully removed the Grandfathering Provision".

Please remember that these local were not US Citizen before, they were just lucky to be given such status. Do you think they deserve IT, after all they hate Uncle Sam?

Anonymous said...

Actually, it was Delegate Madeleine Bordallo, and no one else, who removed the status provision.

Guam was afraid of being flooded by unemployed contract workers from the CNMI. Along with getting Guam included in an expanded visa waiver program, it was one of the critical concessions made to gain her support so the bill could get out of the subcommittee.

At the time, Fitial had no clout at all in Congress, and compared to Kilili, still has almost none.

As a smaller quibble, the only thing guaranteed is a report on status within two years of May 8, 2008. Whether or how Congress reacts is wholly up to them, and will likely depend on the larger national immigration debate.