"The lack of federal worker regulations is being exploited by some federal employees and advocates for U.S. citizenship for all aliens in the Commonwealth, who are encouraging foreign workers to violate local law during the two year period ending November 27, 2011."What federal official or advocate ever encouraged anyone to violate the law? It is only the CNMI government that is violating the law and the constitution with PL 17-1. The CNMI no longer has authority over the foreign workforce, but wants to continue to exploit the workers to keep minimum wages low and to fill their coffers.
Ogumoro had a run-in with the DEA last Wednesday after DEA agents took custody of a Tinian police officer and two other men who were arrested by a joint DEA-Tinian police after a meth buy-bust operation.Another statement that is untrue from Governor Fitial's testimony:
Ogumoro, who appeared upset, was seen talking to DEA's Marquez for a few minutes outside the main entrance of Horiguchi Building in Garapan.
After his conversation with Marquez, Ogumoro told Saipan Tribune he does not need the DEA. “Mr. Marquez thinks he can come in and push people around,” he said.
He also accused a Tinian officer, who later came out of the Horiguchi Building, of betraying DPS and violating Gov. Fitial's order by leaking information to the DEA. Ogumoro threatened the officer with sanction.
“That officer is subject to reassignment. He betrayed DPS. He will be identified. I know the name,” he said.
He also branded Tinian Mayor Ramon Dela Cruz and Tinian DPS resident director Rey Pangelinan as incompetents.
"... I was not consulted during the preparation of this report by Assistant Secretary Babauta or the staff in Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (“OIA”) that prepared the report."Then why is there documentation about a February 2010 meeting between Governor Fitial and DOI Asst. Secretary Babauta?
Public Law 110-229 authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to impose an annual supplemental fee of $150 per alien worker on employers under the CNMI transitional worker visa program, which shall be paid to the CNMI Treasurer. However, the fees can only be used for the purpose of funding ongoing vocational educational curricula and program development by CNMI educational entities. Unlike the supplemental fees above, the CNMI imposed a $300 per alien worker fee that deposited into the general fund used partly for vocational programs and for the operations of the government. I recommend that the US Department of Labor grant the Governor of the CNMI authorization to certify temporary foreign labor certifications and provide funds and technical assistance to the CNMI Department of Labor to carryout the US Department of Labor responsibilities. This will ensure the continuity of the department and the employment of its employees.The CNMI needs to identify other sources of revenue. The U.S. DoL will never grant the CNMI governor the authority to oversee the foreign workforce. This is a governor who has condoned and made excuses for labor abuses and millions of dollars in unpaid judgments owed to cheated workers.
Senator Paul Manglona stated:
I recommend this subcommittee to direct the Department of Interior to consult the Governor of the CNMI on matters pertaining to Public Law 110-229 and collaborate with the Governor in preparing and submitting to Congress a report that includes the Commonwealth government’s position and recommendations as to the future status of the alien worker population in the CNMI.The law does not ask for a report to be prepared and submitted by the governor, but from the DOI and Obama Administration. That report was submitted as the law required. The governor was consulted as was outlined in the previous post, Lies.
The testimony of Frederick P. Deleon Guerrero also had a claim that I would challenge:
The recent report by the Department of Interior recommends a more permanent status for foreign workers who have been in the Commonwealth for 5 years or more. The report has caused confusion and misunderstandings in the community. A number of foreign workers have the misconception that an improved immigration status will in fact take place and have taken actions which may jeopardize their eligibility for any U.S. immigration status. Some foreign workers believe that they need not comply with their existing employment contracts, breaching their contracts and engaging in unauthorized employment.I have heard nothing of the sort. He needs to produce documentation to back this outrageous claim. In fact, all of the undocumented allegations need to be retracted or proven.