Statement by Interior Assistant Secretary Tony Babauta
on the Federal Labor Ombudsman’s Public Comments Regarding Alien Employment
During this past week, the Northern Marianas Labor Department has taken great liberty in its public criticism of Federal Labor Ombudsman, Pam Brown, for guidance she provided at an open forum to educate the public on the impact of P.L. 110-229 on employing aliens in the Northern Marianas. In preparation of this forum, Ms. Brown and I discussed the issues in great detail with the Department of Homeland Security to ensure there was a consensus between our respective Departments on the implementation of Federal law and local law. I am confident that the guidance provided by the Department of Homeland Security, has been properly expressed by Ms. Brown during her forum. I am further encouraged that in the very near future, the Department of Homeland Security will issue its guidance on employing aliens in the Northern Marianas. I expect that the information which Ms. Brown has thus far conveyed, along with the guidance, will provide a greater measure of clarity to the Northern Marianas government, local employers, and aliens.