TAKE A STAND AGAINST PL 17-1!
















March 25, 2010

TAKE ACTION NOW AGAINST PL 17-1!

TELL THE WORLD WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE CNMI ON U.S. SOIL!

I invite you to join me in taking a stand against Foreign National Identification system that is part of PL17-1. Take a stand against the quota system for employers! Take a stand against the fees and fines! Take a stand against the propaganda! Insist that the disenfranchised foreign nationals be freed from this power struggle! Support the federal position on umbrella permits and control over immigration and the foreign national workforce!

Unite to send out an appeal for help in ending this discriminatory and outrageous law. It's time to tell the world what is happening to the foreign nationals in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and to ask them to help!

It is time to take the CNMI government to court to stop this law and the constant discrimination and retaliation of the foreign national workforce!

CONTACT HUMAN RIGHTS & CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS FOR HELP!

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SOUTHERN LAW POVERTY CENTER
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CONTACT FEDERAL OFFICIALS TO APPEAL FOR THEIR HELP!

CONTACT THE U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS TO FILE A COMPLAINT
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Phone: (202) 224-4971
Fax: (202) 224-6163

EMAIL THE STAFF AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Chairman Nick J. Rahall II
Committee on Natural Resources
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

(202) 225-6065 Fax: (202) 225-1931
Please direct all press inquiries to the Communications Office at: (202) 226-9019

List of Committee Members

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Delegate Gregorio Sablan (D-CNMI)
Washington, DC Office
423 Cannon HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202-225-2646
Toll Free Phone: (877) 446-3465
Fax: 202-226-4249

kilili@mail.house.gov
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Representative George Miller (D-CA)
2205 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
phone: 202-225-2095
fax: 202-225-5609

EMAIL REP. GEORGE MILLER
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Department of Justice Main Switchboard - 202-514-2000
Office of the Attorney General Public Comment Line - 202-353-1555

EMAIL USDOJ AskDOJ@usdoj.gov

USDOJ CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION
Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Office of the Assistant Attorney General, Main
Washington, D.C. 20530
Phone: (202) 514-4609
Fax: (202) 514-0293

From the USDOJ Civil Rights Division web site:
The Civil Rights Division is committed to upholding the civil and constitutional rights of all individuals, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division enforces federal statutes designed to protect the civil rights of all individuals and prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, religion, and national origin.
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Secretary Janet Napolitano
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528
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Secretary Ken Salazar
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240

Phone: (202) 208-3100
E-Mail: feedback@ios.doi.gov
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Assistant Secretary Tony Babauta
U.S. Department of the Interior
Office of Insular Affairs
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20240

Phone: (202) 208-6816
FAX: (202) 219-1989
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Secretary Hilda Solis
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210

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CONTACT THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA
Please join me in asking the news media to tell the world about this discriminatory law that VIOLATES CIVIL RIGHTS on U.S. soil. Links are provided below:

What to Say/Write to Federal Officials and Human Rights Groups

Here is a very basic sample of what to say or write when contacting the human rights groups, or federal officials. Add your personalized message. Keep your message brief, respectful and sincere:

My name is _________and I am a _____________(a foreign national, a foreign contract worker, a U.S. citizen, an employer, an investor, a foreign student) in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). I am appealing to you to help us to stop the discriminatory and unjust provisions in local CNMI PL 17-1, which became law last week.
I, and other opponents of the law, believe that some provisions of the law violate civil and constitutional rights of the foreign nationals. Especially troubling is the provision that requires all foreign nationals and their family members who have been in the commonwealth for 90 days or more to register with the local CNMI Department of Labor and to receive a Foreign National Identification Card. The provision states that any person over the age of 18 "shall keep their identification card in their possession or control at all times." The law states: "Any alien who knowingly fails to comply with this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or fine of not more than $500 or both."
No where else on U.S. soil does a local government attempt to pre-empt federal immigration law by imposing a registration of foreign nationals.
Please help us to repeal this unjust law.
Sincerely,
(Name)

What to Say/Write to the PRESS

Here is a very basic sample of what to say or write when contacting the press. Add your personalized message. Keep your message brief, respectful and sincere:

My name is _________and I am ____________(a foreign national, a foreign contract worker, a U.S. citizen, an employer, an investor, a foreign student) in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). I am appealing to you to help us to publicize the discriminatory and unjust provisions in local CNMI PL 17-1, which became law last week.
I, and other opponents of the law, believe that provisions violate civil and constitutional rights of the foreign nationals. Especially troubling is the provision that requires all foreign nationals and their family members who have been in the commonwealth for 90 days or more to register with the local CNMI Department of Labor and to receive a Foreign National Identification Card. The provision states that any person over the age of 18 "shall keep their identification card in their possession or control at all times." The law states: "Any alien who knowingly fails to comply with this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or fine of not more than $500 or both."
No where else on U.S. soil does a local government attempt to pre-empt federal immigration law by imposing a registration of foreign nationals.
Please help us to bring international attention to this unjust law so that we can get the help we need to get it repealed.
Sincerely,
(Name)

65 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are blowing this WAY out of proportion Wendy.

You almost make it sound like the Feds rescued the helpless and abused guest workers.

Human Rights Watch? Give us a break.

CNMI vs US? Please. The CNMI is the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in UNION with the United States. The United States gave the people the right to self governance and the right to make their own path. You spin so much with the vigils and candles it's disgusting. It seems that the Filipinos are the eternal victims of the evil Chamorros. Beaten and abused slaves that are shackled and humiliated on a daily basis.

To anyone reading this, this is a total and complete left wing hogwash dressed up to look like some humanitarian cause. Don't believe the hype.

If you think $500 is expensive wait until application fees etc. for your 'pathway' to citizenship.

Shut up already.

Wendy said...

Anonymous 5:33

So far, everyone I talked to saw a serious problem. Shut up already? No way!

electric chair lawyer said...

This is all well and good if you enjoy wheel-spinning, but who you should really be lobbying is USCIS to get their regulations out.

Once they do so, much or most of N.M.I. Pub. L. 17-1 will be pre-empted, depending on the content of those DHS regs.

It is actually quite helpful that the CNMI took this step first, in the absence of any action by USCIS. Now it is up to USCIS to draft their own regs accordingly.

One solution does not fit all problems, whether it be street marches, letter writing campaigns, or lawsuits. Responses should be carefully tailored to the immediate situation at hand.

I do agree that you are escalating things unnecessarily, to the possible detriment (again) of the very people you want to help. Who is going to want to invest here if you further malign the place?

Anonymous said...

5:52 Maybe you like to switch place with us "Mr. blowing out of proportion?" Maybe you see how it is to be harass and cheated? You like? You like to carry ID then YOU go to DoL!

won't shut up! said...

Noni 5:53 You can't tell m'am wendy to shut up! Too late cuz we got the address. I hope you work for fitial and you go when he falls. Thanks m'am!

Anonymous said...

Electric Chair Lawyer,

Wendy is anti-business.

The letter writing campaigns have hurt the CNMI's image considerably. Now with the over dramatized and wildly exaggerated claims of rampant abuse by the hands of the proud Chamorros and Carolinians, Wendy is scraping bottom.

Wendy said...

Electric chair:

Everyone knows the USCIS needs to get the final regulations out. However, that should not be used as an excuse to discriminate against the foreign nationals and to violate their rights.

That bit about "maligning the place" is pure and utter crap. Don't play the "kill the messenger" card with me. I've been there, done that for decades. Every time I call attention to corruption or injustice in the CNMI in hopes of instituting reform, someone throws the "you're hurting the islands" line at me. Who is hurting or maligning? Anyone who supports and promotes discriminatory laws, disenfranchisement, and charging the foreign workers and foreign nationals needless fees to fill the CNMI coffers. The CNMI government has drawn lines and taken a very confrontational stance. You prefer that this group of people allow their civil rights to be violated?

Everyone is free to contact and write to anyone they wish to for assistance. In fact, for a disenfranchised underclass, that is one of the only rights that they possess. I was asked to post these addresses and contact and I did. No one has to contact anyone, but anyone who wants to speak out against injustice or stand up for their rights is free to contact as many people as they want.

Wendy said...

Anonymous 6:39

Don't try to twist this and bully me. You like civil rights violations then you stay quiet. WE WILL NOT!

Anonymous said...

There is no reason to support PL17-1. It is worse than PL15-108. I am going to take the time to make contact with those on this list and encourage others to do the same. The ID is only a way to keep their thumb on the aliens to to steal more money from them. My only suggestion is to add the media contacts for the OCWs home countries.

Anonymous said...

Still waiting to hear them tell how they'll enforce the law. What will they do stop anyone who looks "foreign" and say they want to see their ID? "Oops, sorry tourists, we thought you were a foreigner who works here. We like foreign tourists. We only single out the foreigners who stay for over 90 days."

Anonymous said...

6:39 said, "Now with the over dramatized and wildly exaggerated claims of rampant abuse by the hands of the proud Chamorros and Carolinians, Wendy is scraping bottom."

No, the law speaks for itself. It is not overblown anything. It is a disgusting law that was written by Willens and supported by the AG. They are not proud Chamorros or Carolinians. They are butt kissing haoles and they can take a big chunk of the credit for it.

Anonymous said...

The law is a violation of civil rights whether or not USCIS has the final regs out!

Anonymous said...

However, the USCIS regs could easily render the entirety of N.M.I. Pub. L. 17-1 moot, so there is no point getting one's skivvies in a bunch over it.

Why waste time and energy over a footnote in history?

Now, if the CNMI actually attempts to prosecute someone for such a misdemeanor, a potential plaintiff would have a better case. Until then, it will mostly be the low-on-clients attorneys who jump on this.

The feds would make much better use of their lawyers drafting regs than suing the CNMI.

Anonymous said...

The members of the CNMI Legislature that voted for this law should be ashamed of themselves. The volunteer lawyers who drafted this legislation should be disbarred. The lawyers who told the House and Senate this was Constitutional should be fired. The CNMI Labor officials who urged its passage should step down. Why?

Because the people who will suffer over this blatantly unconstitutional law are the foreign workers who will be arrested, jailed, or fined all in the name of the CNMI pushing its anti-federalization agenda. The government officials and 'volunteers' are willing to violate the rights of the most powerless members of our community, to use them as pawns in their war against the United States.

I don't think you are overreacting, Wendy. Let the world know what is happening. Let the world know that the CNMI government, including its legislature, is racist and reactionary, and willing to terrorize workers they claim they need by threatening them with imprisonment if they do not kowtow.

BOYCOTT CNMI! SPEND YOUR TOURIST DOLLARS ELSEWHERE! CONDEMN THE JAILING OF WORKERS WHO REFUSE TO CARRY 'FOREIGN NATIONAL ID'!

Anonymous said...

Hmm, who is saying that Wendy is giving the CNMI a bad name? If all you defenders of this law think it is so good, why worry? WHY? BECAUSE YOU KNOW IT IS A TERRIBLE, ILLEGAL, SHAMEFUL LAW. And that, my friends is what makes the CNMI look bad. The law and it's defenders. Pull the law if you want to "look good."

Anonymous said...

If enough of us email to the news media we can get some publicity. Wendy made it easy for us and we can just cut and paste. Please let's get moving! Shout out to the world.

Anonymous said...

Noni 8:05 You would just love it if we waited. Neh? Was that the plan. Just put forth this garbage of a law and think we will sit and take it? Maybe all of the lawyers in the CNMI who support justice will come together and take this case. There are many decent lawyers in the CNMI who don't follow Fitial.

Anonymous said...

Most foreign workers will rather spend more than $500 for their pathway to citizenship because there is an advantageous choice of being beneficial than paying the ID or fine.

Go go Wendy, you are cleaning the CNMI because there are lots of oppressors in this island!

Anonymous said...

Instead of writing, protesting, or suing, the most productive expenditure of effort would be to help the feds draft their regs, since the DHS USCIS is certainly taking their sweet time over this!

That's where the focus should be.

Where are the CW regulations?!

All this other stuff is just a tempest in a teapot, easily pre-empted by some well drafted regs.

Anonymous said...

10:52 The comment period for the regulations ended in January. Maybe the feds are working as an interagency task force to write the regs. Maybe they are waiting for the report from DOI. We can't second guess this.

Regardless, PL17-1 has NOTHING to do with the lack of regulations. Why should anyone accept an unconstitutional law because they are waiting for the final regulations!? The CNRA already preempted the local law! REPEAL!

Captain said...

This place is starting to remind me of Myanmar or early Castro Cuba. If "let it be" by the end of this "clowns" run it may well get to it if the Feds weren't here.

I would think that once there are enough outside agencies that start to "rattle the cage" the Feds may have expedite a hard copy of the regs.
I am suspecting though that they are waiting for that report to be presented to Congress on the guest workers survey.

Anonymous said...

10:52 and all the rest that say until the final regulations are released we should wait and let our civil rights be trampled. Sorry, i don't get the relationship. What if the final regulations don't come out until November! If a pot catches on fire on your stove do you watch your house burn down until the fire department comes or do you put it out yourself?

Anonymous said...

"All this other stuff is just a tempest in a teapot, easily pre-empted by some well drafted regs."

Tempest in a teapot sound like something only Schemer would say. Ha ha Diane. Funny. I'm writing and calling.

Wendy said...

Read what Ruth Tighe says about PL 17-1. She is right on target!

Anonymous said...

"Tempest in a teapot" is a well-known English language expression. Ms. Seimer is highly unlikely to view N.M.I. Pub. L. 17-1 as "easily pre-empted" by federal regs.

But it looks like some additional regs, or amendments, may have to be prepared to address the challenge laid down by the new CNMI law.

Some commenters place way too much emphasis on personalities, and not enough on the substance of what others have to say.

Wendy said...

Anonymous 11:58

I think you are correct that Deanne Siemer would not make that comment. I also believe that there are already enough federal laws in existence that are in conflict with provisions of PL 17 -1 that it should be challenged immediately before anyone is adversely affected by it. It is primarily the foreign contract workers that will suffer from the outrageous law, both by having to pay for another unnecessary permit (ID) and by having their rights violated. There is absolutely nothing wrong with challenging this law right now! I also disagree that it is a tempest in a teapot. It isn't. It is a huge injustice to threaten and intimate the foreign workers to prove a point, which is why I believe this administration has proposed this law.

Anonymous said...

Noni 6:39 THE LAW IS ANTI-BUSINESS!

yho r. villavicencio said...

ms. Wendy,

it would be good to post this or place a link to facebook. i would if only i know how. cnn and other international media online can be good places too.

yho r. villavicencio said...

oops, i just reread and saw cnn, etc. in your list. sorry

Wendy said...

Hi Yho

I am not on Facebook anymore. I forgot to look at it all the time and because I spend so much time with this blog, I deactivated my Facebook page. Feel free to link anywhere you would like!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 5:33 AM
Paying fees for a pathway to citizenship is worth it. Paying fees for a foreign national ID is a joke! The USCIS already said they will consider forgiving fees for people who can't pay them.

The Saipan Blogger said...

Wendy, you should create a Facebook Fan Page for your blog and syndicate it. Most of my readers read my blog through facebook these days.

Anonymous said...

The two are not necessarily inconsistent. In fact, the CNMI ID could be viewed as a form of "insurance."

But it's your time and money. Have at it. Like this!

http://unheardnomore.blogspot.com/2010/03/take-stand-against-pl-17-1.html

RED OCTOBER said...

I'm in! I'm writing it now mam wendy and thanks a lot.

Wendy said...

Hi Angelo

I am pretty sure I tried to make a facebook page for this blog, but couldn't figure it out. Maybe when I get more time I will try to figure it out.
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Anonymous 1:27 You are kidding, right? Why on earth would anyone want to go to DOL to get yet ANOTHER permit, ID or whatever when the federal government officials have already said it is unnecessary? The CNMI needs to make some money another way and stop using the foreigners to fill their coffers. It's plain disgusting. Insurance? For what?

electric chair lawyer said...

No, Wendy, I'm not kidding. In most cases, the employer pays everything. Maybe not the $25, but a good employer would do even that, and also a hard-hearted employer if they really need a worker and the latter insists he has no spare cash.

Look at it as a form of insurance, or "evidence" to help get status. Even for a poor worker spending his own dime ($25) who would have to walk instead of drive 100 miles (20 m.p.g. x 5 gallons) or make five sacks of rice stretch what would normally be six over half a year.

I agree, this site is a better use of your time than Facebook. But a "fan" page that directs people here doesn't require any time.

Angelo, please e-mail Wendy telling her how to do that.

Lively posting rate you have today!

Anonymous said...

The CNMI ID would be a form of insurance against an adverse legal decision that the CNMI government does have some residual labor authority under the CNRA, at least during the dormant exercise of the USCIS power to promulgate preemptive CW regs.

It would also be a credential to present an employer to show respect for authority and compliance with reasonable requests. Or as some of your more extreme progressive ideologues might opine, that he is a good "card carrying indentured servant/slave".

It's a comptetitve world out there, and there are not a lot of jobs on Saipan.

A job applicant who presents his CNMI ID as a form of identification just might have an edge over a "rabble-rouser" who doesn't, whether that is a conscious part of the prospective employer's thought process or not.

Most contract workers are here to work, to support their families, to keep their heads down, and benefit from any positive status changes that come their way. Not all are focused on making some big "point" or denigrating the indigenous inhabitants of this island.

Go along to get along. (So long as nothing illegal or unethical is involved.) It's the island way.

Wendy said...

Electric Chair:

In most cases employers pay "everything"?! I have heard the opposite! Many employees were told they would not be renewed if they didn't pay for the renewal costs, physicals, etc.

No foreign national needs the ID, and no one needs insurance! It is a disgusting proposal to take more money from the workers and then police them to charge $500 and toss them in jail if they don't have the ID.
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Anonymous 1:53

No, no, no. The foreign national ID is outrageous, demeaning, unnecessary, unconstitutional, discriminatory, and needs to be challenged NOW! How dare you say, "It would also be a credential to present an employer to show respect for authority and compliance with reasonable requests. Or as some of your more extreme progressive ideologues might opine, that he is a good "card carrying indentured servant/slave". So you think the foreign workers need to get a foreign national ID to say,"yes masta?"

You say, "A job applicant who presents his CNMI ID as a form of identification just might have an edge over a "rabble-rouser" who doesn't, whether that is a conscious part of the prospective employer's thought process or not." Are you suggesting that those workers who follow the federal officials' advice and do not go to DOL are "rabble-rousers"? No, you are wrong!

You said, "Most contract workers are here to work, to support their families, to keep their heads down, and benefit from any positive status changes that come their way. Not all are focused on making some big "point" or denigrating the indigenous inhabitants of this island." Keep their heads down? Do you mean obey their mastas? By standing up for their civil, human and constitutional rights you think they are "denigrating the indigenous inhabitants of this island?" They are not!

Your comments are lower than dirt. They show a tremendous amount of arrogance and disrespect for the foreign workers. No wonder you are afraid to sign your name!

Captain said...

The "proud Carolinian" has already tarnished the NMI name and has many parts of the world laughing at us. Besides the things he (and his "puppets") have been into in the past, Massage Gate really got us on the map.
Then another "proud Carolinian" gave us a really good one with her excuse about the ink and saving costs by not putting a date on the "card".(along with the rest of the letter) I still hear them laughing from Honolulu.
This same "clown's" last "letter to the Commonwealth" was also another bad joke.
Then your proud "Haole AG" puppet agreeing with the puppeteer on unconstitutional laws and other areas.(along with the "volunteer att.)
This "Puppeteers" speech about the covenant was also notably negative. (sounded like he OD on painkillers)
Now this "new law"

The elected and appointed are the ones giving the CNMI a bad name and bringing adverse attention.

To all of the workers don't forget to pull up your newspapers from your respective countries on line and let them know what is going on also.
Maybe the Chinese and Korean tourists may want to hold of from coming here for awhile until this law is repealed.(or nullified)

If some of these newspapers do not have an email for news items, most have for "letters to the editor"
Manila Times has a "block" that you can "contact them" by typing in your message and sending it directly but not a published email.
Go for it, it is about time some of these "clowns start to feel some effects from their ignorant actions.
They do not take paycuts but take it from the low end "local" workers and "extort" money from the contract workers (and foriegn business owners)
This will force many more families to the mainland anyway.

Soon the only people left here will be the contract workers and the "Puppeteer" and his puppets anyway.

Capatain said...

BTW Wendy, you are very correct, many employers make the workers pay for everything in the front for the renewals and the medical charges in case of sickness, along with deduction cost for housing, power and water.(food also if provided)

I am interested to see what Cinta (Seimers) comments will be on Monday LOL.

the teacher said...

It is no surprise that our long lost Congress supported this "law" to restrict, or attempt to restrict, workers. They have always been told what to do and know no other, or perhaps someone explained it with pictures.

Anonymous said...

The locals are missing the good ole days of receiving blank checks from the garment factories for ghost positions. They hope that an increase in the local requirement will force employers to create fake positions for Chamorros. No work, free $$$.

Anonymous said...

The ID card is a great idea. A bit expensive but needed. There are hundreds of over staying (illegal) aliens that need to be documented for future deportation. I heard that the Feds were going to mandate a form of ID card as well but the CNMI will do it for them. I know that Mexican guest workers in San Diego are required to carry an ID card and yes INS or Police can stop them and ask them to show their ID.

Anonymous said...

1:26 The ID is an ill-conceived idea and the LOCAL government has NO authority to issues ID cards. As Wendy and numerous others have said, the federal government recognizes umbrella permits until 2011. Issuing ID cards to foreigners falls under immigration, not labor. As it has been said repeatedly here, the CNMI government/DOL no longer have control over immigration or foreign employment.

Mexican workers in San Diego do not have ID cards issued by the local government. They carry IDs cards issued by the Mexican Consulate as a form of identification since most do not have a drivers license. If the federal government wants to issue foreign IDs that is another matter. They have control over such issues.

Pam said...

Teacher, stop calling the NMI Legislature "Congress" There is only one Congress and it is in DC.

Also, for those who are not familiar with Federal I-9CNMI requirements, any worker who thinks a Foreign National ID card is a bonus for hiring is sadly mistaken. The only CNMI document that is recognized under Federal law for employment is one issued before November 28, 2009 that authorizes work. A Foreign National ID card is issued after that date and will NOT BE ACCEPTED under any circumstance as proof of legal status by the Feds.

Pam Brown
US Labor Ombudsman

Wendy said...

Hi Pam

Thanks so much for commenting and making this absolutely clear. I feel like I'm in twilight zone when I read some of this comments. I am sick of posting misinformation. It seems some people intentionally want to confuse the situation. If any of you other commenters want to argue this point, please do it somewhere else. The end. NO TO FOREIGN NATIONAL IDs. PERIOD.

malou berueco said...

Ms. Pam & Ms. Wendy:
Exactly the reason why the CNMI DOL has this excuse of saving INK for not putting on that Foreign National ID card the issuance date!
I have more questions to CNMI-DOL hopefully to be published tomorrow. Questions that WE know the answers!

ron hodges said...

Gee Pam, you mean they are not sovereign and can't seek a compact impact treaty with China like Stanley and Bruce Batman suggests?

Can I still refer to them as stupid shameless crooks?

Embarrassed Chamorro said...

Anonymous 6:39,

The CNMI governor is anti-business. The CNMI legislature is anti-business. Deanne Siemer and Howard Willens are anti-business. The Attorney General is anti-business.

Not Wendy.

Public Law 17-1, Massage-Gate, Abramoff, the garment industry, labor abuses, CUC-gate, rampant corruption, and the unbelievable arrogance of the Fitial administration and legislature have hurt the CNMI's image considerably.

Not Wendy.

The abuse that happens here is real. It's not "overdramatized." It's not "wildly exaggerated." IT'S REAL.

I am Chamorro and I am also an American citizen. My government and my community are scraping bottom. Not Wendy. Who can be "proud" of this mess we have made? Not me. Not anyone.

Wendy said...

Malou -YOU GO GIRL!

Anonymous said...

So if there is no CNMI Congress then who is Congresswoman Tina Sablan working for?

Anonymous said...

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unheard-No-More/108932565794079

RED OCTOBER said...

Embarrassed chamorro,

I feel sorry for you,and thanks for speaking out against your magnificent guv.The CNMI will recover soon,morally and economically,
Peace be with you.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 11:27

Former Representative Tina Sablan was a member of the CNMI House of Representatives.

BAROK said...

anon 11:27 am YOU ARE JUST CONFUSING YOURSELF! tsk! tsk!

The Saipan Blogger said...

In the mainland the lingo would be "state senator" or "state representatives" as members of the "state senate" or "state house" or the "state legislator."

In CNMI one could insert "commonwealth" for "state," but they don't because they think they are an independent nation in political union with another nation.

Anonymous said...

What a spot on letter in the Variety.

“can hardly do more for a child than make him or her an American citizen, entitled to all the advantages of the American welfare state.”

“It is difficult to imagine a more irrational and self-defeating legal system than one which makes unauthorized entry into this country a criminal offense and simultaneously provides perhaps the greatest possible inducement to illegal entry.”

If the CNMI had done this in 1986 we would not be in the situation we are today. Guest workers would simply not have babies to better their economic and immigration status. I mean, how many guest workers in Saudi have children? - ZERO.

Wendy said...

The letter was not "spot on". It was more anti-foreigner conservative hype. Remember the Woody Guthrie song: "This Land is Your Land, this land is my land..."? Those who believe foreign workers and their families should remain always disenfranchised and should be viewed as disposable are singing, "This land is my land, this land is my land" and that song is waaaaaaayyyyy off key.

You are also comparing illegal aliens to LEGAL aliens, as is the case in the CNMI, which is not a fair comparison.

You said, "Guest workers would simply not have babies to better their economic and immigration status." What a sick comment and waaaaaayyyy out of line. So what is the reason that U.S. citizens having babies? You are terribly off-base.

I question your statistics on foreign worker couples who have "ZERO" children in Saudi Arabia. Where did you get that fact?

Anonymous said...

With 9 of 10 births in the CNMI being non local births, it is obvious that there is and has been a problem. Guest workers were not recruited to have babies, but to perform a given job for a 1 year period.

I have been hearing a lot of chatter underground about a scheme to try to get improved status prior to Nov 28 2011. Guess what that is. Yes, it to have delivered a U.S. legally born child in the CNMI prior to the Umbrella Permit expiring. Don't get me wrong, I am sure that not all have this in mind, but I am sure by the amount of talk, that many do have this in mind. Check the numbers of births for the last few years (or the last 20) by parents nationality for yourself and then check on the number of current pregnancies and their parents nationality's. Then dispute this statement.

I have also heard that many want the green cards so they can travel to the mainland for work. They also understand that if they get improved status but it is restricted to the CNMI only, they their quality of life would go down as they would be equal with the locals and have to pay 100% of their way. I don't believe they will be entitled to food stamps with exception to their U.S. children and that would hard to sustain a family.

On the other side of the coin, I am hearing a lot of chatter amongst Local Employers. Many are not pleased with the changes and are looking to replace their current guest workforce with local workforce. With minimum wages going up and additional costs associated with guest workers, the concept of hiring guest workers over local is losing its appeal.

From what I have seen on the upcoming guidelines, only a very small percentage (maybe 8 to 10%) of guest workers will be eligable for improved status. In order for all others to stay and remained employed, they must possess a skill that is not available within the local workforce, i.e. medical, specialty fields, etc.

Knowing that time is critical and running short, what action(s) are guest workers taking to qualify for improved status???

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:13am,
The problem in you is you keep on believing what you hear underground! can you not charge up your brain and study what you just said... or maybe clean your bed under, it might be dirt that making sounds, LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

Noni 4:31 Oh, you hear lot's and lot's of chatter? Maybe you need to get help from a shrink. Clean out your ears and mind. You didn't hear anything like that. With people like you in the CNMI who wouldn't want to get far away. Your saw guidelines like that? Ha,ha, ha! You hear things and are psychic too? You read here and you don't know what action workers are taking? You are full of it!

Captain said...

Anon 4:13, without checking on your "statistics" on births, you may be correct on the percent of the births.

JFYI,In the past with respect to Guam on the "H" workers that we solicited "green cards" for, exactly, there is only at present, working with the company,from the past, three out of 17 that stayed with the company. (from 4 years ago)
This will not happen again for us to "sponsor a request" for any employee again as the rest went on to the mainland and elsewhere, within a few months of receiving the card, at "company expense".

Now in the NMI it might prove to be about the same story.(if the status is given.
I know for a fact that the majority here will leave for Guam.(and elsewhere)
Many have their apps in on many places and are awaiting confirmation for employment.

I (and others companies)will be bringing the best workers in to Guam, under the "H" visa.(and the respective visa for the dependents)

Many Guam based companies are paying for the future employed workers trips back to Manila to the US Embassy for the Visa.
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Most of rest of the workers from other countries are not permitted to work in Guam.(or the US)There are many US mainland workers coming in also.

Now, the reasons (according to my workers)that they want to leave Saipan, is that this NMI Govt. and many employers are so abusive and degrading.

As "H" workers, they can get visa for their families with less "hassle".
I and other companies will just "go dormant" for the duration,( maybe 4 years or more ) and go to Guam, until the people of the NMI get rid of this "Virus", starting with this Gov. and the rest of this admin and so called "lawmakers"

Many of our leases on property have many years left,(and paid upfront)(30 or more years) so best to close our "yards" keep security and "maintenance"people around.

In case of a possible contract, or rental for equipment, it is cheaper to fly some of our people back to Saipan to handle it.
We will supply jobs to our local worker from here to Guam.
At their option)as a single status)
We will continue to hire any local that has work ethics, expertise and loyalty at the "AWD" wage for Guam.

Let this Govt "reap what they sow".

This place will become a "ghost town" until they get the message.

So many "locals" are/will continue to leave to the US. (especially if this recent "austerity" passes.

TO All, search the internet and the PDN (online) for present jobs which will give you "prosperity" for you and your family.
"Take care of your family as this NMI Govt will not help anybody but themselves"
Si yuese maase. take care one and all.

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:13am,
Go with Stanley and have a spot with him and let him hear what you heard!

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:13 AM
You really made my day! People like you cannot influence U.S. decisions with this kind of buzz about chatters, rumors and even humors. I hope this stage play, soap opera, Chatter got talent, OnlineI best chatter crew, Chatter in Wonderland, Twilight Chatter etc. etc. will be over soon. One place, one people, one direction, one faith, one love, peace to all!!!!!

RED OCTOBER said...

Anon 4:13am Your illusion is blowing on the wind.Keep on dreaming and rumors hunting.