Petitions Are Online

May 15, 2010


Two petitions are on-line for residents and business members of the CNMI.

The faith-based community of the CNMI has the following petition:
WHEREAS, through the Consolidated Natural Resources Act, U.S. Public Law 110-229, the United States Congress directed the United States Department of Interior to submit recommendations related to whether or not Congress should consider permitting lawfully admitted alien workers lawfully residing in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to apply for long-term status under the immigration and nationality laws of the United States; and

WHEREAS, on April 2010 the U.S. Secretary of the Interior accordingly submitted a Report on the Alien Worker Population in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and has recommended that consistent with the goals of comprehensive immigration reform, Congress should consider permitting alien workers who have lawfully resided in the CNMI for a minimum period of five years to apply for long-term status under the immigration and nationality laws of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior has further recommended five possible status options under the Immigration and Nationalization Act that could be considered for long-term alien workers, with three options entailing a pathway to U.S. citizenship, and two options entailing a special status similar to that of the citizens of the freely associated states; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the undersigned leaders and members of the faith-based community in the CNMI, having carefully reviewed the Secretary of Interior's report on alien workers in the CNMI, strongly support and endorse the Secretary of Interior's recommendations for long-term status for legal alien workers; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that as leaders and members of the faith-based community we most strongly support and endorse a pathway to U.S. citizenship for legal alien workers who have lived in the CNMI for a minimum period of five years; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that copies of this petition and the signatures contained herein shall be transmitted to U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi; U.S. Congressman Gregorio Sablan; U.S. Congressman Nick Rahall; U.S. Congresswoman Madeline Bordallo; U.S. Congresswoman Donna Christensen; U.S. Congressman Eni Faleomavaega; U.S. Congressman George Miller; U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez; U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd; U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman; U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka; U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye; U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski; Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas Anthony Babauta; U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar; U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden; and U.S. President Barack Obama.
You can sign the petition here.

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There is also a petition for the business community of the CNMI here. It reads:
WHEREAS, through the Consolidated Natural Resources Act, U.S. Public Law 110-229, the United States Congress directed the United States Department of Interior to submit recommendations related to whether or not Congress should consider permitting lawfully admitted alien workers lawfully residing in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to apply for long-term status under the immigration and nationality laws of the United States; and

WHEREAS, on April 2010 the U.S. Secretary of the Interior accordingly submitted a Report on the Alien Worker Population in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and has recommended that consistent with the goals of comprehensive immigration reform, Congress should consider permitting alien workers who have lawfully resided in the CNMI for a minimum period of five years to apply for long-term status under the immigration and nationality laws of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior has further recommended five possible status options under the Immigration and Nationalization Act that could be considered for long-term alien workers, with three options entailing a pathway to U.S. citizenship, and two options entailing a special status similar to that of the citizens of the freely associated states; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the undersigned owners, managers, and investors of duly licensed businesses in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, having carefully reviewed the Secretary of Interior's report on alien workers in the CNMI, strongly support and endorse the Secretary of Interior's recommendations for long-term status for legal alien workers; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that as business owners, managers, and investors we most strongly support and endorse a pathway to U.S. citizenship for legal alien workers who have lived in the CNMI for a minimum period of five years; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that copies of this petition and the signatures contained herein shall be transmitted to U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi; U.S. Congressman Gregorio Sablan; U.S. Congressman Nick Rahall; U.S. Congresswoman Madeline Bordallo; U.S. Congresswoman Donna Christensen; U.S. Congressman Eni Faleomavaega; U.S. Congressman George Miller; U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez; U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd; U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman; U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka; U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye; U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski; Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas Anthony Babauta; U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar; U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden; and U.S. President Barack Obama.
Members of the CNMI business community can sign the business community petition here.

MOTORCADE AND ASSEMBLY TOMORROW!

What: “Yes to Improved Status” Unity Movement Motorcade & Assembly
When: Sunday, May 16, 2010 starting at 2:00pm
Where: From Kilili Beach to American Memorial Park
Why: To show support for the U.S. Secretary of Interior’s recommendations of long-term status for legal aliens who have resided in the CNMI for five years or more, and to urge U.S. Congress to act quickly on the recommendations.
Who: All members of the community are invited

All the people of the Northern Mariana Islands are invited to join in the Unity Movement Motorcade & Assembly on Sunday, May 16, 2010 beginning at Kilili Beach at 2:00pm and ending at American Memorial Park at 5:00pm.


The purpose of the Unity Movement Motorcade & Assembly is to show support for the U.S. Secretary of Interior’s recommendations for long-term status for legal alien workers who have resided in the CNMI for five years or more; to urge U.S. Congress to act quickly on the recommendations; and to bring the entire community together in support of long-term status for legal aliens in order to stabilize the workforce and keep families together.

The May 16 Motorcade & Assembly program will include inspirational messages, cultural entertainment, and the launching of several petitions that will showcase community-wide support for long-term status for guest workers, including support from local businesses, faith-based organizations, and residents across the CNMI, including Rota and Tinian. Sample letters and addresses of members of Congress will also be distributed.

All participants are asked to wear white on May 16, symbolizing both peace and hope, and are invited to bring their own signs and banners showing their support of long-term status.

For more information about the Unity Movement Motorcade & Assembly, contact Rabby Syed at 285-3306 or Boni Sagana at 989-4844. Businesses or individuals interested in making in-kind donations of water, trash bags, banners, placards, paint supplies, printing and copying services (for letters and petitions), and other materials may contact Ronnie Doca at 285-9255 or Yho Villavicencio at 285-8769.

37 comments:

the teacher said...

Petitions from church leaders are strong, but there are many for immigration reform in the US and it doesn't carry much weight (with Congress)with so many Americans out of work. From a marketing angle, it is like putting magazines with advertisements in your own restaurant, and that isn't effective.

From a battle strategy standpoint, workers had no ammunition before federalization, a little after being freed in the work place, and much more after the DOI report. It is a great time for workers to come with a unified position with the CNMI government. It is a good time to compromise because number 1scares local leaders to death, although it has next to zero chance of becoming law.

The motorcade was a bad strategy and it is certainly antagonizing many locals who were for an improved status...that’s were for and now aren't. If the administration fights, and I am sure they will, CGWs will be lucky to get number 4 or 5, and that will not be any time in the near future, but perhaps by 2014.

I would bargain and not be greedy. I would ask to split the recommendations up, meaning allow 5year workers with real employers and steady employment to apply for permanent residence status, and let those hopelessly and chronically unemployed file for 4 or 5 statuses at the end of the transition period. That answers the complicated question of what to do with US citizen children, and allows their parents to work as FAS citizens. This appeases locals because they would never vote while securing the workforce and caring for the kids.

Tell me what CGW who has not worked steady here in years, has US kids, and could now freely work here or the US, and possibly travel both, would ever say no to that deal?

Remember that while bears get fat,
Hogs get slaughtered.

Wendy said...

Teacher

While I respect your right to voice an opinion, I disagree with you. Petitions do carry weight. Letters carry weight. Phone calls carry weight! Organization is key. We have support now from Filipino and Asian groups, religious groups and human rights groups. We have support from immigration reform groups and people of all ethnic backgrounds who support American values and have moral compasses.

The motorcade was not a "bad strategy." While Fitial, CNMI leaders and US citizens can go to Washington and speak, guest workers have no opportunity to express their views there. While CNMI workers pay taxes, contribute to the economy and fill thousands of needed jobs, they have no political power. That is EXCEPT they have the freedom of speech and the freedom to assemble. Yes, they should absolutely express those freedoms and make their voices heard!!!

Furthermore officials in Washington, DC are watching. Judging by who reads this site (I can see where the readers are located and what agency such as House of Representatives, GAO, and the US Depts. of Justice, DOI, Labor DHS etc. by sitemeter) there are hundreds who read it every day who work or live in the nation's capital. (Greetings to you and thank you for reading my blog!)

The motorcade antagonized locals? What? Locals were in the motorcade! Those who support American values and ideals and support status for the workers supported the motorcade; those that want to keep them under their thumb and maintain the broken system don't. A motorcade should not have antagonized any person who supports the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and the freedom to assemble. In fact, many locals were involved in it showing their support!

"Bargain and "not be greedy?" Seriously, people who lived and worked in the CNMI and gave and gave and gave (and remember many did not received proper wages) should have has status YEARS ago. Like in 2000 when the first reform bill passed unanimously in the Senate and Abramoff-Fitial-Delay etc blocked it. That bill contained a provision for status! If the foreign workers were living and working in the mainland for 5 years they would have qualified for green cards already.It is wrong to call the foreign workers greedy.

Furthermore, anything less than a direct pathway to citizenship is not reflective of American values. I have spoken to many federal officials who agree. Members of the US Congress agree. Why should long-term foreign workers not have the right to vote? They are good enough to provide the workforce but not to vote? Really? Disenfranchised for MORE years. They have already served their time! That is not an acceptable concept! Un-American and un-democratic.

When deciding what is just and what is morally correct should appeasement of a group of people be a consideration? If most of the people of the CNMI supported letting the lt. governor off for his Rydlyme-CUC crimes should the judge have let him off?

I assume when you are saying "While the bear gets fat, pigs get slaughtered" you are referring to the fact that greedy CNMI leaders brought in tens of thousands of workers, cheated and abused many, and created a disenfranchised underclass with no political and social rights? A system that conflicts with American values. Yes, the greed must stop. The system must end. PEOPLE need to be looked at as future citizens and not as commodities.

Anonymous said...

Criminals who serve half of their sentences get paroled, but foreign workers who have served half their lifetime are to be subjected to more years before they get status! Uh, no.

equal rights is a good thing said...

Teacher, Would you like to live in a place and have status equal to FAS status? How would you like it if the people who cheated you got to elect corrupt leaders and you can't vote? Living as an outsider instead of as a true community member with equal rights is not my idea of a good deal.

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness those who supported freeing the slaves didn't stop speaking out to appease the plantation owners. Sometimes you have to say what is unpopular and take a stand. People who have a conscience do that for others who are oppressed also.

Anonymous said...

It is not greedy to want to be an American citizen!!!!!!

the teacher said...

“The motorcade antagonized locals? What? Locals were in the motorcade! Those who support American values and ideals and support status for the workers supported the motorcade; those that want to keep them under their thumb and maintain the broken system don't. A motorcade should not have antagonized any person who supports the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and the freedom to assemble. In fact, many locals were involved in it showing their support!”

I am a strong believer in freedoms to speak and assemble. I respectfully believe it did antagonize many locals who were generally for improved status of some sort. The CNMI legislative joint resolutions bare that and were unanimous to fight against improved status. Both that resolution and the motorcade further divide the community. As for locals in the parade, if 1% percent of locals attended and 25% the 20k workers attended, there would have been a lot more people.

"Bargain and "not be greedy?" Seriously, people who lived and worked in the CNMI and gave and gave and gave (and remember many did not received proper wages) should have has status YEARS ago. Like in 2000 when the first reform bill passed unanimously in the Senate and Abramoff-Fitial-Delay etc blocked it. That bill contained a provision for status! If the foreign workers were living and working in the mainland for 5 years they would have qualified for green cards already.It is wrong to call the foreign workers greedy. “

All of the above is why a strongly supported federalization, I did not call any person greedy, I simply stated as a fact that I believe to be true, that for illegal workers, and we don’t know how many that is until the regulations are enacted and the umbrella permits expire, To demand blanket citizenship, is greedy, from a strategy standpoint, in my opinion.

“Furthermore, anything less than a direct pathway to citizenship is not reflective of American values. I have spoken to many federal officials who agree. Members of the US Congress agree. Why should long-term foreign workers not have the right to vote? They are good enough to provide the workforce but not to vote? Really? Disenfranchised for MORE years. They have already served their time! That is not an acceptable concept! Un-American and un-democratic.”

And I have written such in dozens of letters, but the concept of cleaning up the CNMI is complicated and there are not simple solutions to complicated issues. There is a former garment industry recruiter who regularly attends CGW functions, do you think he disserves, or should demand US citizenship with millions of Americans unemployed? This is why we should execute the regulations in September, let the umbrella permits expire, and let the worker regulations and investor visa regulations work the way they were supposed to before the Governor tried to block federalization with his umbrella. After establishing who is a rightful worker, then, and only then can justice prevail in this matter, and those workers should get permanent residency status with a full right to travel and an unobstructed path to US citizenship. Time is the people of the commonwealth’s best friend, and legitimate workers best friend.

the teacher said...

cont

“When deciding what is just and what is morally correct should appeasement of a group of people be a consideration? If most of the people of the CNMI supported letting the lt. governor off for his Rydlyme-CUC crimes should the judge have let him off?”

No, of course not, in America a person needs no supporters, groups, fans, or a majority, and each individual can plead their case without fear on its own merits. That is exactly why each worker should have nothing to fear from federalization of labor and immigration.

“I assume when you are saying "While the bear gets fat, pigs get slaughtered" you are referring to the fact that greedy CNMI leaders brought in tens of thousands of workers, cheated and abused many, and created a disenfranchised underclass with no political and social rights? A system that conflicts with American values. Yes, the greed must stop. The system must end. PEOPLE need to be looked at as future citizens and not as commodities.”

That sounds like it could have been from dozens of my letters, and I doubt many charged abusive employers here in print more than I, but the textile industry is long gone and aliens, specifically illegal aliens, are the primary cause of all of our remaining labor abuse and they are calling themselves workers now, because they may have a better angle with that story. There are many issues to consider and justice takes time. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of local citizens here unemployed as well, so is making a former garment recruiter or a long time illegal a citizen so they can continue to work in place of an unemployed local kid justice? Time should resolve all of these complicated issues.

I am for improved status and always have been but think a distinction must be drawn between legal workers and immigration scammers who played the broken CNMI system to keep a perpetual “case” going. I don’t not think America owes anyone citizenship, especially with millions of unemployed Americans. Scammers have always held back legitimate workers and that is still happening today. If it were not for the high number of cheats here, workers would have had their status improved a long time ago. The US should employ the CNMI only worker regs in Sept. in conjunction with the investor visa rules. That is a brilliant plan that will work for the CNMI and answers all our complicated issues.
In one of Gemma recent articles, and four times in a row from the crowd at AMP speaking to DHS, people operating businesses that came as tourists, started a business, hired themselves, and took an umbrella to be on the safe side, all confessed immigration fraud…so now are the all contract guest workers? I think not. What really happened is many business operators and workers had US citizens “fix” their papers in the NMI broken system, and have now bailed their support because of federalization. We wanted the US to straighten out the mess here, so they should wait until 2014 to review who exactly has real work and who is chronically unemployed. I hope they can improve the commonwealth.

Personally, II would split the DOI recommendations up and let workers with real employers (like IT&E, Duty Free, and the hotels) that can produce tax returns and normal paperwork for five years, file for the permanent residency status immediately after the September regulations are enacted.

Unemployed persons and illegal businesses that can’t qualify will not be deported unless they commit a crime. That is a viable a solution for citizen children. Those illegal persons could not operate businesses though per US investor visa guidelines. Time is the solution to our complex immigration and labor issues.
Protecting immigration fraudsters is the main reason legal workers have no status in 2010, and may, or may not achieve it. Some here want blanket citizenship here for all to destroy the local dominance of the electorate, but I don’t think that much change is good.

Wendy said...

Teacher

I do not support illegals or criminals gaining status. I know no one who does. That is NOT the issue. There is nothing in the recommendations that even suggests that this will happen. Are there records to determine who is "legal" and who is not? Yes, there are! Of course if status were to be granted there would be a screening process for each and every individual to determine if he/she qualifies for status. This should not be the main issue. I am sad that you have made a non-issue the issue and are taking away from the real issue -should people who have dedicated 5, 10, 20 or more years of their life to working and serving in the CNMI be granted a legitimate U.S. status?

Captain said...

Teacher what is your point.You are out of your regular "norm" on your present statements.
I think I have to "analyze" more closely your statements here before I can comment.
On the first "read" you seem to be getting far away from your past usual opinions.

Anonymous said...

I think the motorcade was a great idea, and many workers from different groups came together and sent a powerful message.

There are many posts about scammer/illegal marriages which I can't understand how that relates to status. The CNMI government gave out umbrella permits, and I don't think they even know if the workers are employed or not.

Anthony Pelligrino has some of the most insightful comments about the CNMI economy, but unfortunately all he is doing is training local workers for the U.S. mainland and Guam. The only people that are willing to work skilled labor for $4.55/hr are desperate foreign workers (not workers with status). Giving status by itself will not solve any economic problems for the CNMI. The purpose of the transition period was to slowly eliminate reliance on foreign workers. What did the CNMI government do? They gave out umbrella permits to keep the current system of depressed wages and desperation of foreign workers in place.

The Federal Government currently has visa categories currently available that would provide for the labor needs of 90% of the CNMI workforce that would protect foreign and local workers alike, but instead of utilizing the visas, the CNMI, Chamber, and HANMI keeps the current system in place. The CNMI government's opposition to the CW-visa, which was for their benefit may backfire. If I were DHS, I would drop the CW-visa and tell the CNMI government status for workers or nothing come Nov. 28th, 2011, their choice.

The Saipan Blogger said...

The CNMI government is losing this latest fight because they didn't enact the reforms they promised to enact 15 years ago. The chickens are coming home to roost.

the teacher said...

Odd quote Angelo, its the one that got Malcomb X in trouble when we lost JFK.

For the twentieth time, I am for improved status with an unobstructed path to citizenship, but no one has ever explained how we could sort the mess out here better than the CW transitional workers program used in conjunction with the transitional investors progra. Time is the legal workers best friend and his or her case gets better daily.

I don't want to name names here but I could rattle off businesses that pay citizens to operate, have foreign nationals operating and employing themselves as contract workers all afternoon...so tell me why we shouldn't consolidate this problem to help the NMI and America?

Anonymous said...

Wendy, those federal government workers reading your blog most likely do not all work in Washington.

When employees from the CNMI or elsewhere use their government computers, their connection to your blog is through the government server in Washington, even though they are not physically there.

Why are so many employees reading your blog on government time and equipment?!

This is one of the things your readers used to love to lambaste Fitialites for in the run-up to the election.

Wendy said...

Anonymous

Yes, while that is true, I also know who in Washington (not federal officials in Guam or the CNMI) reads my blog because many correspond with me. Who else in Washington? Attorneys, courts, media, and some of my personal friends. And maybe they are reading it because it is part of their job to be informed.

Anonymous said...

Teacher, you do not have non-resident worker/s before and after the inception of your business so please do not talk too much.

Anonymous said...

Teacher it's like you’re new in the CNMI. Fitial, current and future lawmakers will block any improved status for GW because of greed, fears etc. Fitial once said, I brought them here and I’m the one who will decide what to do with them, do I need to elaborate the rest?

“And I have written such in dozens of letters, but the concept of cleaning up the CNMI is complicated and there are not simple solutions to complicated issues.”

Oh yeah, what happened to your principles why a sudden change? Let me guess you’re scared because Stanley is now a Covenant very close to Ben, you’re afraid to lose your job? You chicken out?

You OWE us an explanation…

Tom Cruz

Anonymous said...

If I understand the Teacher's comments correctly, we should sort out all foreign owned businesses without a 1/2 million in investment and we will check the accounts. If the business doesn't have the required investment all workers for that company, even if they worked 20 years and paid taxes cannot get status. IRs who own businesses will have to undergo a lie detector test to determine if they are legitmately married. If you pass the lie detector, you can get status and a pathway to Citizenship. Employees of those busineses who have been working and paying taxes for 20 years under an IR in a sham marriage will not receive their status. Employees who have been working at ITE, or the Hyatt can apply for green cards in September.

Somehow that doesn't quite seem fair.

Anonymous said...

Teacher and Ed Poops are basically the same personality. There are both heroes of unity march. After the election Ed shut down his web site and disappear due to his candidate (Heinz) lose to Ben. Remember, Ed always attack Ben & his cronies before the election. Ed join the unity march and pretend he is pro GW improved status but, the truth he has his personal agenda.

I really admire the courage and dedications of Glen Hunter & Tina Sablan. Although, Tina lose the election she did not change still see her in every GW forum.

Hats off to you Glen & Tina, we wish you all the luck in the world.

Tom Cruz

Anonymous said...

Everytime I see the name "Teacher" I skip reading his comments, because it makes me disgorge. This guy is a double-dealing, don't trust him, he is filled with bewilderment. I never seen pros and cons agreed or corresponding with his point.

Anonymous said...

Teacher you don't "want to name names?" You just want to screw all of the foreign workers because there could be some bad ones? What kind of logic is this?

the teacher said...

You name calling nonis are LOL, if you had any nuts you would stand up and say something in your own country.

A poll of 100 (99 plus I voted for #2)MHS students had some surprizing results. After discussing the issues and breaking down the likely effects of the DOI recomendations, the students, averaging 16.5 years,had this to say

1. 3 students,none of which were US citizens (US citizenship.
2. 18 students(17 plus me)
(PR/green card for 5 yr workers)
3. 4 students
(CNMI only PR/green card)
4. 57 students
(FAS status w/travel and work priv)
5. 6 students
(CNMI only FAS status)

12 students said no status to even 4 and 5, commonly citing, "they came to work not to increase our numbers of, or demographics of aliens…some plan huh".

Plans 1, 3, and 5 were not supported because workers can't travel or leave, students overwhelmingly preferred 4, and cited that it "answers all the questions for US citizen children but doesn't give the right to vote to overstayers".

Not one US citizen, of about 80, supported US citizenship, even citizen childen of guest workers, citing competition in the future job market here and depressed wages. Most non-citizens choose number 2.

the teacher said...

The last six comments here target and belittle me and this issue has nothing to do with me. My last response on this post was not even posted. A post above says the Governor lied about not being consulted or informed, and I believe that to be true, as I am sure DOI informed and consulted with the Governor.

By the same token, it would also be a lie to say there is wide sweeping support among US citizens in the CNMI for granting US citizenship to guest workers, as there is almost none. There is a little more support for some type status improvement, but not nearly a majority of voters’, and I voted for number 2. I supported this with a MHS student poll (of bright informed young people almost old enough to vote that are the largest stakeholders in this matter). We broke down causes and effects of each possible action and there was four times the support for “none of the above” than there was for citizenship.

1.US citizenship 3
2.PR green card w/5 yrs 18
3.PR status CNMI only 5
4 FAS status w/travel 57
5.FAS status CNMI only 5
6, No status and go home 12

Anonymous said...

High school students lack of maturity especially especially dealing with the production and consumption of goods and services and management i.e. economy. Why don't you write why they voted and let's analyze their ground and understandings.

Anonymous said...

Teacher, now I confirmed that you are high school level. Gee! who's paying taxes? who's running the economy? who's planning for everything? high school life is an high school life, that's what it is. You based your study from high school mock vote? You're LOL!!!

Bob Barker said...

I took a random survey myself today. During my normal routine of servicing accounts I asked any individual I met first if they knew of the DOI recommendations and second which of the 5 choices if any they agreed with.

Of the 63 people I asked all but 2 knew of the DOI recommendations. The 63 people I asked should all be "represented" by our government. They are all tax payers and they were accounted for when redistricting occurred 2 years ago.

Of the 61 ALL agreed to the DOI recommendations.

41 wanted #1
13 wanted #2
7 wanted #3 or 4


I am a US Citizen. I choose #1. Of the 63 peoples I asked more than 50% were US Citizens. As for ethnicity I did not care.


Teacher,

Your survey is warped. It is like a priest asking his parishioners if they believe in God. They were all YOUR students.

Anonymous said...

And of course God is a myth.

Citizenship or green cards for all!

Anonymous said...

im with the teacher on this one. please remember that those children are the "offsprings" of their parents. apple will not produce orange. it is their upbringing that influenced their state of mind.

the teacher said...

Mr. Barker's survey is a ridicules lie. Noni 8:33, I didn't call it a study, you did, and I just polled 99 HS students almost eligible to vote. 97 of those students have been here ten years or more. I would agree with noni 12:44 that HS student’s lack in depth economic understanding, but they are considerably better educated than our general populace because they have attended a US accredited school their entire life. I did have them write a rationale with their vote but that would total nearly 100 pages. Virtually no citizens supported citizenship and a small number voted for improved status. I questioned two students that are US citizens and children of CGW’s about opposing status and to combine and paraphrase their sentiments, it was something like “it’s real simple Mr., I don’t want 20k competitors in the job market or I will be forced to move. As for my parents, I could petition them in 4 years anyway”.

Anonymous said...

I questioned two students that are US citizens and children of CGW’s about opposing status and to combine and paraphrase their sentiments, it was something like “it’s real simple Mr., I don’t want 20k competitors in the job market or I will be forced to move. As for my parents, I could petition them in 4 years anyway”.

Hear, hear! From the mouths of babes. I am married to a former guest worker, but when I oppose status for those with less than 10, 12, or 15 years residence here, I am accused of being a racist or hypocrite by the likes of Glen Hunter and his cronies.

Wrong. As president Clinton famously said, “It's the economy, stupid!”

Anonymous said...

i will be insecure too if im not well equipped, like the majority. it is the "INSECURITY" that don't want them to give aliens the status.

what do you expect? not as educated, not as experienced, not as presentable, not as qualified. how can they compete?

need to add more?

Anonymous said...

Teacher & Glen Hutner's # 1 fan above,

“it’s real simple Mr., I don’t want 20k competitors in the job market or I will be forced to move."


It is sad that you are teaching if you accept this logic and go a step further in promoting it.

Are you kidding me?

Have you been in a vacuum these last 30 years?

Are you just blind, deaf and dumb?

"i don't want competitors in the job market"? "I might have to move"?


WAKE THE HELL UP!

WE, that is to say, your uncle and his brother and your dad and anyone else that has lived out here in the CNMI for the last 5+ years HAS ALLOWED many more that 20,000 COMPETITORs to flood our shores. And to top it off they were foreigners that should never have been allowed to "compete" for jobs.

You, teacher, and howard, and fitial, and baka, and seimer, and cinta, and joe camacho, and the rest ALL allowed foreign workers to come here in droves and COMPETE for jobs and chase away local, US citizen employees.

The feds did not do that. And granting status to those that have been ALLOWED by our locals to compete for the last 5+ years will not CHANGE A DAMN THING in that regard.

It will change the face of the labor market here. it will allow TRUE competition. It will help your students and it will help this damn economy.

You need to stop TEACHING your nonsense!

Anonymous said...

So anyone who was a CNMI registered voter is to blame. Fine. Capital letters and all.

Does that mean it goes on forever? No! It is you who needs to wake up.

Blaming anyone and everyone does nothing. What is needed are solutions that will work and not further punish U.S. citizens.

Lawful Permanent Residence for those in the CNMI over 15 years might be a good start. If Interior or DHS will stop hiding those numbers.

Anonymous said...

Noni 2:26,

Yes. Most voters are to blame (not all).

Does it go on forever? NO!

It ended in Nov 2009.

I say US citizenship for anyone here legally if they want to apply for it.

Compromise with me?

Pathway to US Citizenship for anyone legally here for the past 5 or more years? Deal!

Well, whadda ya know. DOI and Obama agree.

Celebrate. We are done.

Anonymous said...

Local graduates will never be able to compete for private sector jobs. An average walmart worker in the mainland makes 10/hr., wages in china and bangladesh for walmart subcontracting factories are as low as .17/hr. Very few realize that wages are the culprit to private sector employment. Local employers have trained workers for years and are expected to hire a recent college graduate for $4.55/hr. Why train the new worker when you have already invested so much in the non-resident, and besides, the new worker will probably demand more wages or leave for the mainland to make 2-3 more than they are paying. Due to the business communities powerful incentive to keep supressing wages and maintain the current system, the only choice local residents have for private sector employment here in the CNMI is for the majority of the non-residents to leave.

the teacher said...

If my opinions support any one group, it would be the group of 2k former students of all nationalities, but sadly, they are destined to leave the CNMI due to suppressed wages here.

The mean spirited comments here likely stem from the fact that some "leaders" here have been meeting with the Fitial A team to increase support for extending the umbrella permits, which is a terrible plan designed to stall/block the federalization law. I would guess some guest workers are being used like pawns to give the impression of worker support.

Anonymous said...

Teacher, Why would you have to "support" one group or the other? Is one group of people better than another? We support everyone getting along and having rights. Would it benefit your students to have every worker who does not qualify for an H-2 visa leave? To see every hotel, business, car repair shop and parlor close down? Your students have more rights to a job than someone who has held it for 25 years? Why? Your students can vote when they are 18 but someone who lived in the CNMI 25 years cannot and you are okay with that? Alot of the mean spirited comments come from you. No leaders are meeting with Fitial people. You want to make statements like that then you should name names. Your survey means nothing. No one knows what you taught before you made the children take it. You are biased and trying to keep your job. Good luck to you.