Children Ask Others to Join United Voice Assembly Sunday
















August 5, 2009

U.S. citizen children of guest workers and nonresidents are asking other U.S. citizen children and their families to join the assembly scheduled for Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 3:00pm at the Fishing Base across from the Kristo Rai Church.

From the Marianas Variety:
Hundreds of children of migrant workers who automatically became U.S. citizens having been born here are seeking improved status for their parents.

The group said it would be “devastating” for them, if their non-U.S. citizen parents are forced to go home if they fail to keep employment in the CNMI which continues to struggle with economic crisis.

The group also fears their parents are especially vulnerable once the U.S. immigration law is applied to the CNMI starting Nov. 28.

Hazel Marie Doctor, one of the hundreds of children of migrant workers here, is asking others like her to join the scheduled meeting with the United Voice for Improved Status with the U.S. Delegates on Aug. 9 at the Garapan Fishing Base.

“They should know that their parents are working hard for them,” Doctor said, as she expressed apprehension that some of U.S. citizen children would rather remain silent than get involved themselves publicly.















The Variety reported that the United Voice for Improved Status group met to finalize plans for their meeting with the Congressional delegation scheduled to visit the commonwealth this weekend:
Jan Santos, a local resident married to a Filipino worker, said she doesn’t want her three children to be separated from them.

“The US government has been noted for giving equality. They talked about equality, freedom and rights. They should show to us that equality by giving improved status to the non-resident guest workers, especially those with US citizen children,” Santos said.

A member of the Chinese community who identified himself only as John told the Variety how he values the democratic process of the U.S. government.

He said he admired the freedom, the US government has propagated and they should show that good essence to the immigrants in Saipan.

He said the US government “should not treat us as a second-class citizen.”
Leaders from various guest worker groups including Boni Sagana, Rabby Syed, and Yho Villavicencia are in agreement that the visiting CODEL can be influential in helping them to to obtain permanent status and a pathway to U.S. citizenship according to the Variety.

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Press Release from the United Voice for Improved Status

There will be an assembly on Sunday, August 09, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at the Fishing Base in front of the Kristo Rai Church to hold an audience for the visiting delegates belonging to the Committee on Natural Resources. Expected to arrive are CNMI Congressman Gregorio (Kilili) Sablan; Representative Nick Rahall, Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources; Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo, Chairwoman of the Sub-Committee on Insular Affairs, Oceans & Wildlife; staffer Brian Modeste; and other respected members of the Congressional Delegation.

Various groups consisting of nonresidents and U.S. citizens, are currently working together to gather all guest workers, FAS citizens, U.S. citizen children of nonresident parents, members of the business community, CNMI permanent residents, stateless children born in the years 1974 to 1978, immediate relatives, locals and all others who sympathize with the plight of all nonresidents here in the CNMI.

The regulations for the implementation of CNMI federalization are to be published soon, and we can be heard before November 28 comes. We will request the members of the Congressional Delegation to push for the implementation of regulations that will stabilize our presence here and keep our families together. We will also ask them to support improved status for us, either in stand-alone legislation or within a comprehensive bill for national immigration reform.

Many have asked how many guest workers and other nonresident permit holders are presently in the CNMI. We can show our numbers by attending this assembly. We can also show that there are many people supporting each other for the betterment of this community!

Free transportation going to this assembly will be provided. Pick up points are in front of PIC and in front of Aqua Resort at 30 minutes intervals starting from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.(provided by Saipan City Taxi Association). Please call 989-3306 for pick-up. Carpooling is also encouraged. Donations of drinking water will be highly appreciated.

We are asking everyone to wear white and bring umbrella during this assembly.

Please BE THERE AND BE COUNTED!

29 comments:

binadu.nana@gmail.com said...

Our Father’s, who art in Washington, DC,
hallowed be thine Congress.
Our Delegate Kilili will come,
and so will his boys,
to Saipan to show us how it is done in Washington, DC.
Give us our Green Cards.
And allow us to live with our children,
as we continue to remit.
And lead us not into desperation,
but deliver us a Green Card.
For thine is the United States, the passport and prosperity, forever and ever.

Amen

cactus said...

The line between some of the real federal-status-seeking contract workers and the harshest caricatures of them has become so blurred by this point that, as I read the "prayer" above, I cannot tell whether it is meant sincerely or sarcastically.

Criminal Defense Lawyer said...

Touche!

And nice to see you posting again, my friend.

Anonymous said...

There are American children born to Americans that need help as well. Where are the tears for them? BTW those kids holding those signs looks desperate and somewhat pathetic.

Anonymous said...

1 in 50 American Children living in the US are homeless. I've spoken with many guest workers who admit that they had kids to obtain the holy grail - The American Passport.

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1883966,00.html

give them green cards said...

Nonis 11:49 and 12:19

There are children all over the WORLD in need of help. READ THE ARTICLE. SHE IS WRITING ABOUT U.S. CHILDREN OF NONRESIDENTS IN THE CNMI. Tell us right now who "admitted that they had kids" to get a U.S. passport. Maybe they look pathetic and desperate because they worry every day about their parents and their future. What is your point exactly?

Anonymous said...

Cactus

Ask the writer the intent. There is an email address there.

Anonymous said...

No, do not give their parents green cards. They want green cards for economic reasons only, nothing more. Not all but a great many of them had children for this very reason, it's borderline fraud. Any Federal money that may go to setting up staffed offices to deal with this should be diverted immediately to house, clothe the 1 in 50 homeless American children who need it more. There are no homeless guest worker children in the CNMI. Please help the US based children first.

the teacher said...

The US will have a tough time time sorting the labor and immigration mess. Saipan will be a better place because of federalization though and our kids will see the result of this action. I hope federalization leads to justice for all.

Wendy said...

Cactus, I missed you!

Anonymous said...

Pathetic and sad.

To put these kids out there with signs that read: 'If a helpless child cannot break your heart...' The contract worker parents of these kids still think they live in that hell hole Manila and can send their begger kids out to get some money for them. Pathetic. They are far from being "helpless". Protected, clothed and fed by US taxpayers these 'helpless' kids have much more than a lot of those on the US mainland. This post has been sent to various FOR AMERICA groups and hopefully we can put a stop this madness, and help those who truly need help right now.

Anonymous said...

anon above: you can start NOW-help those who truly need help right now...
i hope your actions are louder than your writings....
if you don't want to start helping first within your community, then go ahead....that is called---freedom!

ginoong.pasawaY

Anonymous said...

anon above: you can start NOW-help those who truly need help right now...
i hope your actions are louder than your writings....
if you don't want to start helping first within your community, then go ahead....that is called---freedom!

ginoong.pasawaY

the teacher said...

Noni above - What if the CGWs called the bluff and returned to PI leaving their US citizen children here until the eldest child is old enough to petion their parents...then what?

Many of the kids are 15 or older. The CNMI has made no preperations and has no facilities or qualified personel to cope with 10 children here...much less thousands.

I am not fan of banner waving or using children but the more closely this case is reviewed, the more likely reason will prevail.

Wendy said...

Anonymous 7:44

The message of the nonresidents requesting just treatment and status has been sent through reports, testimony, and thousands of letters to members of Congress, U.S. officials and NGOs across the U.S. It will be received by visiting Congressional delegations and U.S. officials this month in Saipan.

You said, "The contract worker parents of these kids still think they live in that hell hole Manila and can send their begger kids out to get some money for them. Pathetic. They are far from being "helpless". Protected, clothed and fed by US taxpayers these 'helpless' kids have much more than a lot of those on the US mainland." Who are YOU, anonymous commenter who doesn't even have the courage to identify yourself, to tell us what the contract workers think?! Get your facts straight. The children are being cared for by their parents who are LEGAL foreign contract workers and LEGAL nonresidents. The children qualify, like all U.S. citizens, for U.S. benefits.

These children face an extremely unstable future where they could be separated from their nonresident parents or exiled to foreign countries. Most of these children only speak English and the CNMI is the only home they have ever known. Most of their parents have worked LEGALLY 5,10, 20 or more years in the CNMI.

The only "madness" is coming from people like you who don't have the facts and make irrational claims. ALL U.S. children, regardless of the status of their parents, should be given the SAME rights and opportunities. There are not two sets of rights for U.S. citizens -one for those born of U.S. citizen parents and one set for those born of nonresident parents. The United States has an obligation to protect ALL of its citizens, especially the most helpless and vulnerable.

Fed Lover said...

The right to be with one's parents should be a fundamental right, even if it isn't currently recognized as such by US law.

At the very least, if the US is going to be deporting people after November 28th, they should offer free airfare to the US citizen children of the deportees.

Many cannot afford to bring their children back home with them.

Anonymous said...

Free plane tickets home? Give that right to US children living in the United States right now who need plane tickets to see their parents.

To Wendy: 1 in 50 US Children are homeless. There are no homeless children in the CNMI. Yes I do know what the parents of these kids are thinking: 'Parade my sad looking kid with a sign so Washington law makers will feel sorry for them and give me a green card. Then I can finally move to the US.' That is what they are thinking Wendy.

Fed Lover said...

Yes, free tickets for the children of deportees to accompany their parent home, on a voluntary basis. That's the least the Feds can do.

It's certainly a lot more humane than leaving 500 children of OCWs in the custody of the CNMI DYS. That would truly be a humanitarian tragedy of federalization.

Anonymous said...

Noni 11:44

I am a long-time worker. You do not know what I think or what I want. I want a green card because I worked here 23 years and want my family to stay together on Saipan. What we are thinking is bring our case honestly to officials and they will do the honest and right decision for our families.

Anonymous said...

noni 11:44

i want an improved status because i want to stay here in the CNMI to work for as long as i could to be able to support my minor children. it’s true, we can not speak in behalf of other non-immigrants. like when we were back home we moved here in search of greener pasture, that is human nature.

but should guest workers like myself be sent home, by the time my 16 year old son come of age, he could petition for me so i would eventually become a green card holder and be able to come back later or move to the US mainland.

CNMI needs workers like myself RIGHT now to supplement the work force need. why then should locals want parents like myself be sent home only to be petitioned later and be able to come back to the CNMI or to the mainland?

You need us now, we are here, and we are willing to stay and be productive workers.

***yho villavicencio***

Anonymous said...

The sad reality is that the current economy does not need as many foreign national workers (or U.S. citizen workers) as the CNMI currently has. That is why so many are leaving.

Guam has better prospects for the next few years than the CNMI.

Anonymous said...

These children can all go back home with Mommie and Daddy. Who said that they will be left behind?

Federalization, you asked for it, you got it!

Anonymous said...

The Feds killed our garment industry by their refusal to lower the local content requirement from 50% to 30%, and by their absurdly vindictive and economically unsustainable minimum wage increases.

All these departures were sadly predictable.

Thank you, Congress!

P.S. The greener pastures are now in our guest workers' homelands.

the teacher said...

Noni above...was this comment satirical?

" absurdly vindictive and economically unsustainable minimum wage increases."

The garment industry could have survived had they not been so greedy and had better advisement.

They laughed about an ability to pay 10 bucks an hour 15 years ago but lobbied to freeze wages to unlivable level. They should have trained locals to takeover every position in a ten year plan but instead flooded the island with an unsustainable force. They used a disingenious propaganda campaign to garner local political support while running the NMI's reputation into the twilight zone.

China's entry into the wTO did Saipan and the garment industry a favor.

Anonymous said...

Some people here seem to think that it is okay to leave minor children by themselves.Where I am from we call that abandonment and is a crime. Responsible parents who are affected should hope for the best but prepare for the worst

Fed Lover said...

It is not exactly "abandonment" when the federal government is kicking you out of the country. In fact, the parents don't want to go! So no way could they be convicted of child abandonment or anything of the sort.

I actually think most of the kids would be better off returning to their parents' homelands for a few years, learning (or practicing) a "second language," experiencing what life is like for the 95.5% of the world who aren't Americans, and preparing for their eventual return to the U.S.

Those older ones who are in high school may indeed choose to place themselves on the mercy of relatives, friends, or the CNMI DYS. I can't say that I'd blame them or that choice is "wrong" (it is their right), even though it might not be best for everyone -- depending on their maturity levels, etc.

This is the same choice contract workers face every day who leave their kids back home, or that the CNMI used to face before we had high schools here. Many CNMI youth went to high school on Guam.

yho said...

noni 6:52

let us be realistic here, we know that most would like to stay here because life is hard in the parents' homeland. just because you do not feel for their parents, you would rather see these kids be removed from the only place they call home "to learn or practice a second language and live the life for the 95.5% of the world who are not americans" - you mean let them suffer, don't you? why would you want to wish less for another human being? why, why, why?

you know that they would eventually return with their parents as soon as they are able to petition for them. you are just trying to delay change that would inevitably happen, that of having more non-indegenous chamorro/carolinian citizens in the cnmi.

the choice contract workers face everyday who leave their kids back home is between to continue to live together the life of the 95.5%of the world who are not americans or to go find better opportunities overseas so as to improve their lives and their future.

what you are suggesting in your comment is the reverse - better to worse. why? why? why?

Anonymous said...

Mr. FedLover. Call it what you like. Leaving your children behind no matter who you are or where you are is a no no! Be responsible!

Fed Lover said...

As difficult to believe as it may be for some people, the United States of America is not the only place in the world to have "better opportunities . . . so as to improve their lives and their future," nor are the 4.5% of the world who are Americans immune from suffering.

Just ask the indigenous people of the CNMI, whose only homeland, culture, and job opportunities are being obliterated by an invading force of outsiders, leaving them poorest of the poor, destitute in their own islands, unable to compete against an onslaught of scheming aliens.

It is a crying shame that the energies of these would-be immigrants are not applied toward their own countries and societies.

The insensitivity of the immigration activists and what they are doing to their poor hosts is absolutely astonishing!

But no, I don't blame any deportee who chooses to leave his kids here. Each of us has to make his own choices, even if we disagree with them and they are not in the best interests of their homeland.

Likewise, while pushing for just laws overall, we must remain compassionate to those suffering in our midst, regardless of whether they are overstaying illegally.