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March 4, 2010

Finally, a conclusive statement from a federal official on the umbrella permits that were issued in October 2009. Photographer Itos Feliciano shared some images from last evening's forum where DIO's Ombudsman Pam Brown clarified the authority of CNMI DOL, DHS and answered questions about the permits. (See post below)

















12 comments:

Melberlin said...

Well! thanks Wendy and Pam! at least our economy will pick-up a little, from our spending a little % of our salary because this is still not improving foreign workers' status until May 11.
At least they answered to most of our questions that holding us back and keep in uncertain state; but still a problem to many because of current state of the economy and no jobs available around even you have umbrella permit.

I am sure there are still some questions that will be coming out because of too many and different cases that are going through by foreign workers/investors/students that are not publish in this blog and newspaper.

Still in my own opinion, only a permanent status to all foreign workers will ameliorate the economy.

Anonymous said...

I am trying really hard to save money because it looks like it will be us (CW) who will shoulder the fees for filing H1/L1 or whatever visa/permit needed to stay after Nov 2011.

malou berueco said...

@melberlin: i just want to correct you-there is no promise nor written in PL110-229 that states, that there will be an improved status for guest workers on or before may 10, 2010. this one really confuses many of the guest workers. the on or before may 10, 2010 date is a deadline set for sec.of DOI to recommend any improve status for guest workers. assuming the sec.of DOI made a recommendation-during the forum, i asked ms. pam if the u.s. congress has any obligation to act on the recommendation, she replied by saying "no, the u.s. congress has no obligations."...
though, they do not have the recommendation, i do believe as ms. wendy does too, they will pay attention on this matter because THEY know our situations for many years now...
my son who left for philippines last year to study college and had lived & studied here for 10 years tried to get u.s tourist visa to visit us this summer and was denied of his application. you know why? the consul told him that us, his parents should be applying for immigrant visa and petition him for we have stayed here for 15 years already...two things i am thinking for this: 1) they don't know our real situation here...2) do they have the knowledge that soon we could actually do that?....
i do wish for #2 of course!
god bless you melberlin...and it is always nice reading your comments and you are always helpful in all the discussions here...!

Wendy said...

Hi Malou

Someone needs to educate the folks at the Embassy. They probably said that because it is unheard of that a foreign worker could be on US soil the length of time you have and not have been given a green card. That is why I believe we need to constantly bring awareness to the plight of the long term guest workers and their children. Malou, email me the information about your son and I will help to get him a visa through congressional contacts.

Melberlin said...

Hi Malou, you are right there are no promises nor written in PL110-229. We know that the Sec of Int's report is due on May 2010 but status is an optional and the Sec is not required to address it.

There is also one included in the reports which is the "current and future req'mnts of the CNMI economy for an alien workforce", due to the present economy, this req'mts alone is inappropriate in improving our status.

And yes, even all the reports listed to be deem appropriate by DOI, DHS and CNMI, it is still whether or not the US Congress should consider those. But importantly this report requires them to submit not later than May 2010.

And the most important is both CNMI and Fed gov'ts have responsibilities under the law to implement its provisions w/in the CNMI. If the CNMI cannot provide some of this report, in my own opinion funding will have to be found to support the generation of some of the requirements in the report, because GAO need this report also as they are required to do no later than May 2010 that will assess almost the economy and needs of CNMI.

By people like Wendy and you Malou and others who are advocating tirelessly for the improvements is something that can be done. DOI, DHS, CNMI and Congress should act on it for the betterment of the economy.

Also, I have a story happened years ago about our friend who went to the US Embassy in Manila to obtain a visa. She was told why she need it? "CNMI will be federalized soon so just go back there and wait" as she was told. Anyway, she's now in Canada.

Keep going Malou for helping our kababayan, you are doing great.

malou berueco said...

thank you ms. wendy. i will.

malou berueco said...

thank you melberlin!

Anonymous said...

The people pictured here include many illegals and operators of businesses in Saipan, not contrct workers. Mr. Shin isn't a worker, he runs his own newspaper and sells real estate, others haven't had an employer, legal or otherwise, in ten years. The umbrella permit is only good until 2011 and this is why the US will not improve any status before that.

Anonymous said...

You say you have been on U.S. soil for 15 years. Great, you must have done the job you were hired for 15 times. Correct me if I am wrong here but weren't you hired on an yearly contract to work in the CNMI? At the end of each year, was the decision to renew or not renew your contract? Where in your annual contract did it say after 15 contracts you are entitled to a Green Card or Citizenship? How many of your family members are in the CNMI due to your annual contract and how many do you want issued Green Cards? How much of your income for the past 15 years has stayed in the CNMI or been sent off island? The big question--If issued a Green Card, do you plan on staying in the CNMI or fleeing to Guam or the States. I see this being the answer to many as if granted a Green Card, you will have the same conditions as a resident employee, No food allowance, no housing allowance, medical and dental coverage if you want to pay the premiums, no transportation, and stuck with minimum wage. You will be competing with non Green Card holding Guest workers. You would be just another unemployed living off food stamps, wic, and welfare.

The only people that will be offended by the above statements are those that know that are trying to get the free ride. Green card applications will be approved, but there will be many many more that will not qualify and will be denied.

Be careful how hard you push the Blanket Green Card issue. Those that would normally qualify for a Green Card might be denied simply by association with a group that is trying to scam the system and a blanket "NO" might be the end result.

Anonymous said...

To 4:45, your basis and logic for these conclusions are mindless.

“this is still not improving foreign workers' status until May 11.”

there will be no act of the US congress by may 11.

“no jobs available around even you have umbrella permit.”

because Fitial blanketed unemployed illegal’s to stall federalization and keep a restricted class of hopeless workers willing to work cheap. he legalized thousands of foreign nationals and the US will not grant status on that basis alone.

“only a permanent status to all foreign workers will ameliorate the economy.”

giving 10 or 15 thousand unskilled, uneducated, unemployed workers free status here to own businesses would not help the economy, it would make the line for public assistance seven miles long. the US will never give green cards in the CNMI unless that person is legally employed and meets all other requirements…including the cost of fees and medical.

Anonymous said...

To 4:45, your basis and logic for these conclusions are mindless.

“this is still not improving foreign workers' status until May 11.”

there will be no act of the US congress by may 11.

“no jobs available around even you have umbrella permit.”

because Fitial blanketed unemployed illegal’s to stall federalization and keep a restricted class of hopeless workers willing to work cheap. he legalized thousands of foreign nationals and the US will not grant status on that basis alone.

“only a permanent status to all foreign workers will ameliorate the economy.”

giving 10 or 15 thousand unskilled, uneducated, unemployed workers free status here to own businesses would not help the economy, it would make the line for public assistance seven miles long. the US will never give green cards in the CNMI unless that person is legally employed and meets all other requirements…including the cost of fees and medical.

Anonymous said...

To 4:45, your basis and logic for these conclusions are mindless.

“this is still not improving foreign workers' status until May 11.”

there will be no act of the US congress by may 11.

“no jobs available around even you have umbrella permit.”

because Fitial blanketed unemployed illegal’s to stall federalization and keep a restricted class of hopeless workers willing to work cheap. he legalized thousands of foreign nationals and the US will not grant status on that basis alone.

“only a permanent status to all foreign workers will ameliorate the economy.”

giving 10 or 15 thousand unskilled, uneducated, unemployed workers free status here to own businesses would not help the economy, it would make the line for public assistance seven miles long. the US will never give green cards in the CNMI unless that person is legally employed and meets all other requirements…including the cost of fees and medical.