United Workers Movement-NMI to Hold Pocket Meetings

February 2, 2010

Press Release from the UWM:

The UNITED WORKERS MOVEMENT - NMI is going to hold pocket meetings every first and third Friday of every month until May 2010.

The objective of the meetings are to meet the classified alien people in the CNMI. We are requesting that all of the alien workers and community members who support the plight of the non-residents groups that are appealing for improved status to join, support and express their concern.

It will be held in front of U.S. Department Homeland Security office at TSL Bldg., Garapan between 4:00pm - 7:00pm.

Foreign nationals can express their comments on video-tape that will be submitted to different federal agencies including the U.S. Interior Department to give them a clear understanding on the issues before they submit their recommendation to the U.S. Congress.

Please join us with a unified voice for an improved immigration status for all workers.


the teacher said...

The US has federalized the CNMI. How can we ask for green cards until we would know who should get one? This is very simple to determine. When the umbrella expires, everyone will need an employer to sponsor them in the CW program. After several months the problem will be solved.

The problem with a unified statement is that there are so many sides and interests to address in an extremely complicated situation. Other than the CW program, how could we possibly separate workers from scammers? The CW program will do that within months of the umbrella expiration. The US will never give green cards to every foreign national here, if they did, it will be an ongoing nightmare and the welfare state of all time. I have never heard of one suggestion to resolve this other than the CW program in conjunction with the investor visa regs. Anyone thinking the US will green card all foreigners is day dreaming. Think of how many scammers we have here…came to work, wouldn’t leave, started their own business, had citizens “fix” their papers for pay, brought relatives here for pay, have their kids drawing subsidies (if a foreign national parent has US citizen children and are drawing aid, then that is an admission they would jump straight into the welfare line as soon as they could…or it is a confession that they can’t support their own child here).

Newsflash…we have way too many people here and do not have employment for thousands of people. The simple fix is keep your job if you have one, find one with a real (not bogus)employer, or you have to go home. The major hotels and our other largest companies employ 2k people. Pam got 22k signatures. There are 20k people here with unknown employers, or small employers, or self employed, or freelancers.
The CNMI CW transitional worker program will work with our transitional investor regulations. They were well thought and answer our complicated economic issues. It is a win for all citizens of the CNMI and a win for contract workers that will guarantee justice and fair play from the broken and corrupt system operated by the CNMI DOL. The CW program is not only an improved status, it will lead to permanent residence for legal workers, and is certainly an improved status from the CNMI system and it will be fair and just for workers.

Melberlin said...

The Teacher,

I am one of the few contract workers who is currently employed by one of the biggest company in the US and have a real employer; but don't agree with you.

Since 1986, Congress passed a total of 7 amnesties for illegal aliens; the "one-time only" blanket amnesty for some 2.8 million illegal aliens; the amnesty of 1994 for 578K illegal aliens; the extension amnesty of 1997; an amnesty for nearly one million illegal aliens from Central America; the amnesty for 125K illegal aliens from Haiti in 1998; the amnesty of 2000 for approx 400K illegal aliens who claimed they should have been amnestied under the 1986 amnesty; and the the Amnesty of 2000 that reinstated the rolling amnesty to an estimated 900K illegal aliens.

Those amnesties for illegal aliens forgives their act of illegal immigration and without doubt or questioning forgives other related illegal acts such as working using false documents. The US gave them with legal status for their breaking the law.

In 2004 Pres Bush proposed another legalization program for illegal aliens under another name. And now another proposal with the Hispanic leaders.

And those granted amnesty have brought in an additional thousand of dependents to join their family members.

Yes, you are right that an amnesty does good neither US society because in the US these are mostly uneducated that cannot support themselves even though they are amnestied.

Compare to CNMI almost these people came here as a worker and while in the US came through the backdoor illegally.

It just happened that some in the CNMI are scammers but they will discontinue that because they know that they will be deported even though they are green card holders and will probably take legal jobs again as what they are before.

I believed that there are worse scammers from those millions amnestied in the US than alien scammers in the CNMI.

Captain said...

In regard to what "teacher" has stated.
In the past, in Tinian, almost all of the workers with US children, are drawing food stamps and Medicaid and whatever benefits they can get.
They are very smart on what they can get.
One of the problems that allow this is the wages they are getting paid. The low wages make them illegible for these benefits.
And since many are not married to each other (because they are married in the Phil. and China)
They do not claim their combined income.
As the minimum wage continues to rise this should help illuminate many of these people collecting..

The rest of his statement is on the mark also.

Anonymous said...

way to go Melberlin!

Anonymous said...

I agree with the Teacher. You should always listen to your teachers.

Melberlin, this is not about amnesty. It's about what's good for the CNMI and its economy in the long term. Immigration policy--letting people come to stay as permanent residents or citizens--should be based on the skills and benefits the immigrant brings. For those workers with jobs, and those investors with legitimate businesses, by all means, give them green cards. But for the scammers and the chronically unemployed, what benefit would the CNMI or the U.S. derive from naturalizing them? They add nothing to the economy, cannot or will not find jobs, and live off public assistance.

the teacher said...

So now we are asking for a blanket amnesty for every foreign national here, even the illegal recruiters and those involved in the sex trade industry? Well…not me. I am a supporter of immigration reform but if the Democrats give blanket green card amnesty to all, they will not be re-elected in pivotal states with high unemployment like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Texas.

And the commonwealth will be a welfare state for generations.

Wendy said...

I must weigh in here. I do not support any alien who has been a labor abuser, illegal recruiter, human trafficker, has run a scam, has a "fake" business or has been involved in similar illegal activities getting a green card. However, for ALL law-abiding long-term workers and permanent nonresidents, whether they have US citizen children or not, I support a green card and a pathway to citizenship. They already have exceeded the time limit they would have had to have reached to qualify if they had been working in the US mainland. They already are permanent nonresidents and many have no "home" to return to! The time they have lived and worked in the CNMI should be considered.

Furthermore, if the long-term workers are all given green cards, those without jobs will find a way to move on to where there are jobs or they will pool resources and start legitimate businesses. I do not see granting green cards being the cause of the CNMI becoming a huge welfare state, or should I say any more of a welfare state than it is. And what does that mean? Aren't the US taxpayers funding most every program in the CNMI? Do CNMI residents have property tax, sales tax or collect any substantial revenue? What exactly is meant by welfare state?

Please do not use that welfare and food stamp card. Who wants to keep the wages so low that the majority of the population qualifies for federal assistance? Certainly not the workers who are earning minimum wage! If their children qualify for food stamps or medical benefits, then they should receive them. Why is it okay if "locals" get food stamps, but not US citizen children of foreign nationals?

Anonymous said...

So now the folks who were all in agreement that the CNMI should be stripped of all power to set immigration policy are arguing among themselves over what that policy should be.

You are like riders in a rowboat who agreed to throw the oars into the water, and now have taken to arguing over which direction you should go.

It would be hilarious if you were in the boat all by youselves. Since the whole Commonwealth is in there with you, however, I'm having a hard time laughing.

the teacher said...

There is no question why legal workers here don't already have green cards and that is because thousands of illegals are trying to ride their back for the same status. The case here has always been to improve the status of legal workers, or those with real employers, to put all aliens in the same group kills the chances for legal workers. The CW program used with the investor visa program will sort them out.

A further problem is that guam doesn't want their status improved because Guam doesn't want thousands of our unemployed residents lined up for jobs and aid there. Team GUM would prefer H1 highly skilled workers with no rights to US aid.

the teacher said...

The term welfare state means 95% receiving public assistance in our public schools, many of them foreign nationals or with foreign national parents, and that is my definition of a welfare state. The problem is so many unemployed people and nickel dime businesses that are harming tourism by their presence. If we improve the status of unemployed persons whose children already draw public assistance, we will need the ready ships returning to import aid on a monthly basis. Making us a beggar state would harm tourism here, as Japanese and Russian visitors will not like dealing with the rampant poverty.

the teacher said...

I’m not arguing with anyone Noni 7:59, my opinion has never changed or waivered. I am for improving the status of legitimate workers, but I don’t make the rules and grandfather was pulled out of the bill. A reason it was rejected was because of the catastrophic effect of thousands of unemployed aliens residing here without any hope of work. I agree that is sound economic logic and reality. Legal workers with real employers at the end of the transition period will be made permanent residents if immigration reform doesn’t prevail before that date. Illegals have been a primary cause that workers haven't had their status improved already. I would like to see unemployed workers here allowed a Guam only status to help support the build-up, but that has been rejected so far and could possibly be revived. The only people spinning in a row boat are status quo supporters concerned that they are about to lose their restricted cheap labor.