Covenant Candidate Camacho's Spin

From Camacho for Congress Facebook Page
October 5, 2010

Covenant candidate Joseph Camacho suggested breaking federal law in his speech to the Saipan Rotary Club. Wouldn’t it be embarrassing to have a CNMI Delegate who advocates violating the law?

He also repeated the lie of the Fitial Administration and other anti-federal propagandists that the Department of Interior didn’t “properly consult with the CNMI” regarding the recommendations for status:
Interior, he added, “failed to have a meaningful consultation with the CNMI governor” before submitting its recommendation to the U.S. Congress.

He said 20 years ago, foreign workers supplemented and complemented the local workforce, but today, they have become the competition for jobless U.S. citizens.
“U.S. citizens in the CNMI are unemployed. They are lining up to get food stamps, and they want to work,” he said.

“The standard is not what foreign contract workers want or what they think they deserve because they have been in the CNMI for so many years,” Camacho said.

He noted that the U.S. does not have an open-door policy for foreign contract workers but instead limits their influx.

“The guiding principle of the CNMI as it relates to foreign contract workers is the same as the U.S., and that is whether there is a need for them,” he said.

Here is what federal law says regarding U.S. citizen job preference:
Title VII

Title VII prohibits not only intentional discrimination, but also practices that have the effect of discriminating against individuals because of their race, color, national origin, religion, or sex.

National Origin Discrimination

It is illegal to discriminate against an individual because of birthplace, ancestry, culture, or linguistic characteristics common to a specific ethnic group.
A rule requiring that employees speak only English on the job may violate Title VII unless an employer shows that the requirement is necessary for conducting business. If the employer believes such a rule is necessary, employees must be informed when English is required and the consequences for violating the rule.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 requires employers to assure that employees hired are legally authorized to work in the U.S. However, an employer who requests employment verification only for individuals of a particular national origin, or individuals who appear to be or sound foreign, may violate both Title VII and IRCA; verification must be obtained from all applicants and employees.
Employers who impose citizenship requirements or give preferences to U.S. citizens in hiring or employment opportunities also may violate IRCA.

Additional information about IRCA may be obtained from the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices at 1-800-255-7688 (voice), 1-800-237-2515 (TTY for employees/applicants) or 1-800-362-2735 (TTY for employers) or at

Camacho stated, "The standard is not what foreign contract workers want or what they think they deserve because they have been in the CNMI for so many years."

Mr. Camacho should know that the decision to federal grant status to noncitizens is not, and should not be a decision made locally.  The U.S. Congress will make that decision.  U.S. citizens were not consulted as to whether CNMI residents should be awarded citizenship, nor should they have been.    It is interesting that many CNMI leaders feel that they should be consulted as to whether the foreign workers in the CNMI should be granted citizenship!


The Saipan Blogger said...

I recant my previous comment. You were right.

Anonymous said...

Looking at all those picture I see are corrupted people. Joe is part of a corrupted party system and his going to lose for sure.