Delivering A Message in Washington, DC

June 10, 2011

Photo by W. L. Doromal ©2010

This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it. 
–President Abraham Lincoln, April 6, 1859 Letter to Henry Pierce

I am leaving for Washington, DC in a couple hours and will be there until Tuesday evening. For part of the trip I will be photographing some special students from Orlando as they visit the White House, Washington's historical sites and meet with dignitaries.

I will be able to spend time with a supporter and friend from one of my favorite NGOS to discuss a plan to promote U.S. status for the nonresidents on Capitol Hill and with the American public.

I will also be meeting with officials to deliver letters, including one I wrote and one from the United Workers Movement-NMI, and to share with them the law journal article entitled, A Lesser-Known Immigration Crisis: Federal Immigration Law in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands  by Robert J. Misulich a J.D. candidate at the University of Washington.  This in-depth analysis on CNMI immigration status for legal long-term workers stands as another important voice in urging the United States Congress to right the wrongs of the flawed CNRA that excluded the provision for permanent status for the long-term CNMI guest workers.

The article was published in January 2011. (See the January 1, 2011 post, A Welcome Voice Calling for Justice for the Long-Term CNMI Workers, for more details.) This well-researched and well-written article analyzes the provisions of CNRA, and actions and inactions of Congress and the DHS. It makes a strong and clear argument for Congress to pass additional legislation granting permanent resident status to long-term CNMI guest workers.

Read it here:

Read the letter from United Worker Movement-NMI President Rabby Syed based on the petition signed by over 7,000 nonresidents and supporters.  It will be delivered to the White House, Congressional offices, the DOI and NGOs.

My own  3-page letter is a plea to provide protections and enact legislation that grants an established U.S. status with a pathway to citizenship to the legal, long-term nonresident workers of the CNMI. That message will be expanded in written testimony I am preparing for the upcoming July 2011 House hearing on CNMI issues. (I will be attending that hearing.)

I am hoping that by carrying the message of the nonresidents to some new contacts on Capitol Hill, as well as some established contacts and old friends, we can identify a champion that will push for protections and legislation that will grant the CNMI's legal, long-term nonresident workers permanent residency with a pathway to citizenship!


Anonymous said...

Justice will be be done.Good Luck, Wendy. God bless you! God bless USA!

Anonymous said...

thank you Wendy!God bless us! the people of the CNMI.

the teacher said...

I know this letter is well intentioned but in my opinion it is not economically logical. The CNMI has more food stamp recipients than voters and this requested action of parole in place will freeze thousands of people here unemployed with no hope for employment, other than some possible slave labor situation, for the far foreseeable future and that was never the plan or goal of federalization or anything I ever supported. DHS has dropped the ball but if the regs do come out, it should answer how many legal workers we have quickly and enable the investor visa regs to work as well. We can’t be serious about allowing the illegal mom & pop operators to continue and freezing thousands of unemployed persons here.