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Exactly what does Deanne Siemer (through Attorney Teresa Kim) think will be accomplished by pursuing a Freedom of Information Act request against the Federal Ombudsman's Office? It looks like the flying monkeys have been released once again.
The Fitial Administration already knows that the documents that they are seeking do not exist. Is this another Siemer vendetta, this time masked as a FOIA request? How incredible that she can pour so much poison and effort into pursuing records of aliens that the CNMI Government claimed to already have. At the same time Siemer and the Governor's Office refused to release the invoices and documents related to her "volunteer" pay. These documents were requested by Tina Sablan in an Open Government Act request, but the CNMI Government will not turn them over.
Is this just the latest chapter in never-ending line of attempts of the Fitial Administration "to go after" the Ombudsman Office? The Fitial Administration seems to fear the office because it that protects the foreign workers' rights including from mean-spirited actions of the CNMI DOL, Siemer, and it also has exposed the CNMI's propaganda and spin.
Why does the CNMI government need intake papers that were used to create a federal report? With Siemer's history, most likely for some wicked Fitial Administration-backed plot to further stick it to the aliens.
Documents filed in the District Court seem to suggest just that. Kim states, "Because the Commonwealth is very small, both in land mass and number of residents, this change in status for a such a very large number of aliens relative to the U.S. citizen population would bring economic, political, and social changes that the Commonwealth government opposed." Really? No changes have been brought over that last three decades, but because these nonresident workers could conceivably get green cards and have some social and political rights, let go after the report and the person who helped to collect data for it? WICKED! It's all about maintaining that power and control over the disenfranchised underclass.
The DOI status report was compiled for members of Congress and satisfied the requirements under the CNRA. No members of Congress are requesting information or complaining about the report.
Today there is another story in the Marianas Variety debating the act of the Ombudman's Office's shredding the unneeded intake papers that were used to compose the tables for the report.
The Fitial Administration filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. How much is it costing the cash-strapped CNMI Government to pursue nonexistent papers? The Court will decide whether nonexistent papers can be provided under the FOIA and if the DOI can be sanctioned for destroying documents before a request for them was made.
See also Much Ado.