Don't Hold Your Breath

July 4, 2010

Governor Fitial seems to think that Secretary's Salazar should actually reply to his letter requesting that the DOI withdraw its mandated report to Congress concerning status for foreign workers.

The Marianas Variety reported:
“No response yet,” the governor said.

“I think I should [allow him to] give it serious consideration before I send him another letter. But I will follow it up,” he added.

The governor told Salazar that Interior’s recommendation was flawed mainly because it did not include his views as chief executive of the Northern Marianas as required by the federalization law.
Maybe no response is the response! Or maybe Secretary Salazar thinks that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico deserves more attention than a letter filled with half-truths and distortions.

At any rate, it seems odd that a governor who finds it so very difficult to answer Open Government Act requests should think that someone should actually respond to a letter from him.

Read also: The Lie.


Anonymous said...

Best not to respond to drunks, idiots and a--holes.

Anonymous said...

Now now let's be nice. We can draft a response for the Secretary like this:

"Dear Governor Fitial,

After reviewing your letter, the request is denied. The Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico is drawing my attention these days. I don't want to waste my time with your half-truths and distortions. If you have something important to discuss, like maybe improving your economy with something other than garment factories, peanut butter, shoe factories, feel free to give me a call.

PS... My man Jeff Schorr is there to assist you... you might want to talk to him sometime.

Best of luck to you (not),

Kenny Salazar"

Anonymous said...

See Jordan Fabian, “Department of Justice sues Arizona over immigration law,” The Hill, 07/06/10 02:47 PM EDT.

“The Department of Justice announced Tuesday it is suing Arizona over its controversial immigration law, saying it conflicts with federal statutes. . . .”

Id., available at (includes link to Complaint).

Who knows? It may indeed be easier for the U.S. to sue the CNMI over N.M.I. Pub. L. 17-1 than to draft those complex CW visa regulations!

It is interesting that this case is being conducted by the Federal Programs Branch rather than the Office of Immigration Litigation.

Let's put the OAG to work defending a lawsuit like Arizona's, rather than prosecuting rapists.