April 28, 2011
The phrase, "good luck" is being used sarcastically by both elected officials. The Saipan Tribune reported:
Fitial said he wishes Sablan “good luck” on his H.R. 1466 which he said he would want amended, while Sablan also wished Fitial “good luck” in amending his bill.I would have thought the governor would have embraced this legislation. It contains everything he supports: continued disenfranchisement of the majority of the adult population of the CNMI; no green cards or pathway to citizen for those who worked in the CNMI for years and even decades; no mention of the theft of wages or reparations; the continuation of the dysfunctional, undemocratic CNMI system under the federal label; no loss of power for the corrupt elite; the retention of the problematic two-tiered society; and no political, social or economic advancement for the nonresident workers. In fact, if I didn't know who wrote it, I would have thought it was drafted by the Fitial Administration.
“That bill will never fly, or will never be considered by the U.S. Congress. The U.S. Congress is not stupid to enact a new law when they already have an existing law that would address those issues,” Fitial told reporters in an interview at his newly renovated office on Capital Hill.
But the governor also said he will offer an amendment to the bill, specifically removing the retroactive date of May 8, 2008 in connection with the fourth group of people covered in Sablan's bill.
This fourth group is the immediate relatives-such as parents of U.S. citizens regardless of the age of the U.S. citizens as of May 8, 2008-and who have been in the CNMI until the bill's enactment into law.
“In other words, it will be prospective, not retroactive,” he said.
Initially, Fitial said his amendment is “only to chastise the author” of the bill, which turned out to be a joke. He then proceeded to his proposed amendment.
“My amendment is to make sure that that act, if it is ever enacted, will be effective on the date it is enacted. In other words, anybody before that date is not entitled to (the proposed status),” Fitial said.
There is too much rhetoric, and too little fact in this discussion. Who in Washington, DC ever said that the subject of less than 18,000 LEGAL nonresident workers was a "toxic" subject? What is wrong that those in positions of power cannot distinguish between legal and illegal nonresidents or aliens? Are we to believe every person who has been elected is incapable of making this simple distinction? This is extremely hard to believe. Again people LEGAL, NOT ILLEGAL. School children can understand the difference, but we are to believe that politicians in Washington, DC cannot? Pathetic.
Other statements are also conflicting and confusing. Congressman Sablan stated that H.R. 1466 would provide security and stability for nonresidents with families and has expressed his concern with "keeping families together." Of course, he means only certain nonresident worker families that have a U.S. citizen among its members. All other families of nonresident workers are excluded.
Yesterday Congressman Sablan was quoted in the Saipan Tribune as saying that "there would be no mass deportation of workers":
“Workers will be fine,” he told reporters yesterday. “DHS will have no reason to send everybody home.”Good luck is indeed needed, but not to pass a faulty, discriminatory bill that promotes disenfranchisement, and the perpetuation of a two-tiered society. Good luck is needed to ensure that the hardworking long-term LEGAL nonresidents of the CNMI are granted green cards with a pathway to citizenship.