Hearing on H.R. 1466 scheduled for July 14th

June 22, 2011

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The House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs will conduct a hearing on H.R. 1466, a bill that addresses status for only select and limited categories of LEGAL, long-term nonresident workers.  It also would not only disenfranchise the select long-term, LEGAL nonresident workers, but chain those who elect to stay (or have no homeland to return to) to the CNMI.  Other legal, long-term nonresident workers such as those not married to a U.S. citizen or are not the parents of a U.S. citizen child are totally excluded from the bill!

Astonishingly, some pro-immigration rights leaders who are members of the Hispanic and Asian Pacific Caucuses have co-sponsored this un-democratic and apartheid-type legislation that will only prolong the agony of many of the nonresident workers and perpetuate abuses by denying of them of movement, political and social rights, and a voice.  Letters to the editor of major newspapers in the co-sponsors states will be released before the hearing.

One co-sponsor of H.R. 1466 is Congressman Luis Gutierrez, who is known as a champion for immigrants. This week he announced that Latinos should not vote for President Obama in 2012 if he doesn't move to stop deportations.  How can this Congressman, known and respected as an advocate for immigrant rights, continually support illegal immigrants' rights, yet turn his back on the well-earned rights of the LEGAL, long-term nonresidents of the CNMI by co-sponsoring a dangerous and inferior piece of legislation? Gutierrez is touring the country under the banner, "Change Takes Courage" –a wonderful sentiment that those who support this racially and poltically-motivated bill should consider.

The hearing will be held on July 14, 2011. I will attend the hearing, and I am preparing written testimony.

I invite all concerned legal, non-resident workers and their supporters to express their concerns with the bill, make suggestions for what a fair and just status bill should look like and relate their individual circumstances.  Previous petitions and letters requesting green cards and a pathway to U.S. citizenship for the legal long-term nonresident workers who have resided in the CNMI for five or more years will be attached to my testimony. Human rights and pro-immigration groups will also be asked to submit written testimony.

Justice for the LEGAL, long-term nonresident workers is long overdue. The United States Congress has failed to address the wage theft and other routine abuses that have occurred for three decades and continue today! Appropriate legislation that reflects American principles is the only legislation that should be introduced.

18 comments:

Wendy Doromal said...

Thanks for the corrections anonymous! (Should drink coffee before posting!)

Anonymous said...

I got a U.S. citizen child born on October 2008 and I am legally working and residing in Saipan for almost 20 years....so I am not a beneficiary of HR 1466? The good Congressman should reconsider and broaden class on non-residents who will benefit from his [unfair] Bill.

the teacher said...

We will not know how many legal workers we have, how many overstayers, or how many illegal business operators we have until the regulations come out and are enacted, the Governor's umbrella permit expires, and then we will quicky put business owners, legal workers, and scammers into classifications. I expect that will work as fast as signing up for the umbrella permits or registering at the Ombudsmans office, and I do think that is what will happen here.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Cong. Gutierrez is not well-informed of real CWs status here. He may only know what Cong. Kilili is feeding him.

Wendy Doromal said...

Anonymous 10:44 That has always been our problem. Lobbyists fed the Republican leaders a line too in the 1990s and early 2000's. Of course, Gutierrez does not know the real situation. We must educate the members of Congress.

Anonymous said...

i am emailing my concerns to you and all my friends are. tell congress we are like shriveled leaves ready to fall from the tree. no one i know is getting paid right wages now. they are going to steal every last penny and send us home. thank you for helping us.

Wendy Doromal said...

TO ALL THE WORKERS WHO ARE EMAILING ME WITH CONCERNS:

Thank you for the emails. I am taking all of your concerns and comments straight to the U.S. Congress through my written testimony that will be given to the committee members, all of the bill co-sponsors and all of the members who support human rights and immigration reform. I am also bringing your concerns to the national press and to the President. I am shocked at what I am reading. I knew that the nurses and casino employees were and are not being paid, but so MANY others! Please keep emailing me with your concerns, including if you are not being paid, have illegal deductions or other problems. I will include the body of your email in my testimony and if you want to be anonymous, I will remove your name and email address. If you want me to forward your concerns to friends in Congress, or the the US Department of Labors and Justice, I will do that also.

I also appreciate all of the emails from the long-term, LEGAL workers who have been in the CNMI years (most over 20) and are not covered by this bill. Please ask your friends and co-workers who are not included in this bill (single people, those with no US spouse or children) to email me with their circumstances.

doromal@earthink.net (If you have not emailed me previously, your email will go to my spam blocker and I will pull it out to answer you. You will receive an email requesting to ask me to accept your email. Respond and I will find your email faster.)

Anonymous said...

Wendy, somewhat related:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/magazine/my-life-as-an-undocumented-immigrant.html

"I’ve tried. Over the past 14 years, I’ve graduated from high school and college and built a career as a journalist, interviewing some of the most famous people in the country. On the surface, I’ve created a good life. I’ve lived the American dream. But I am still an undocumented immigrant."

Also: http://defineamerican.com/

Wendy Doromal said...

Anonymous 1:35

Thank you for the links. Yes, I read that article and I have friends in similar situations. I have concluded that the U.S. is no longer the country that I want to live in. Each year our lawmakers have taken us further from the ideals on which our nation was founded and way, way further from my own beliefs. I am looking for a new home...

the teacher said...

Never quit Wendy, chip away chip away, besides the world economics combined with overpopulation in the third world are making other places hard line also. Every industrialized country is reviewing their own immigration practices. The American Dream is just that, a dream. If you want to see bad, and I mean unimaginable poverty, try Bangladesh, or even worse, the Philippines, where begging children dart in and out between cars and garbage piles.

Wendy Doromal said...

Hi Ron:
I am not saying I am quitting. I will continue to work on justice for the nonresidents until they receive it.

I am saying we want to live in a country that shares our values and ideals. The U.S. is no longer that country.

Anonymous said...

Kalili is done representing the CNMI if even one contract worker gets improved status

Anonymous said...

Kilili's bill doesn't disenfranchise anyone, because aliens aren't eligible to vote.

Wendy Doromal said...

Nice try. Actually the bill is a "status" bill that proposes that the U.S. FEDERAL government create a new CNMI-only status that would continue disenfranchisement AND restrict the travel. It goes counter to the intent of the CNRA.

Most officials in the CNMI are either racist and want to hang on to their political power, or both. They like the nonresident workers as long as they are in the master-slave relationship, which they are in now. This bill supports that and everything wrong with the former CNMI guest worker system and everything wrong with attitudes of greedy CNMI power grabbers. It takes many steps backwards for a nation that pretends to support human rights, democracy, equality and on and on....

Anonymous said...

7:47, Wendy when you find that place let us know.
I have lived and worked all over Asia and the Pacific.
As much as I do not really care for the Phil.
I have built up there, it is where I most likely will end up permanently as it is the cheapest place to live with a US Embassy and VA connection.
They have continually relaxed the immigration for foreigners and have made much allowances.
There are many Foreigners from other Asian countries living there along with US Cit. as the third largest number.
Phil. education system in the private areas are very good and improving.
Also anything can be accomplished with money.
Japan is probably the best but expensive and operates on a much faster pace, higher education standards and ethics than most other places.
Japan Immigration is not that easy.
New Zealand and Australia seem to be extremely good, according to other friends (all nationalities) that have moved there.
Immigration is easy,(if you have a needed trade) but there is an age cap of 54 yrs for permanent immigrant.

Anonymous said...

thanks Anon 7:47, the Teacher is idiot enough to understand Phils. I can't understand him. He may try to travel to India and other countries

the teacher said...

Noni above - I have been to numerious regions of India and the only countries that I have not entered in south or east Asia is Butan and Bangledesh. I just left PI yesterday, so that comment is current and accurate. I don't call you or any other civilized people names no matter how ignorant the political views and affiliations are. I have little or no nationalism but your undying love for PI has blinded you to reality there(see UN letters related to kleptocracy and unsolved political murders over the past 15 years for starters and then look at the abused children running and begging in the street). Even if you hate me I can tell you that if I had the nationalistic love for PI that you do, I would try my best to do something about it. Perhaps your anger would prove more productive if you directed it toward improving your homeland instead of demanding of America in anonymity.

America has many obligations and faces economic challenges and I believe all nations owe their tax paying citizens first.

Wendy Doromal said...

Ron is not an idiot. I agree that there is terrible poverty in the Philippines and many other countries. We do not expect the USA to allow our nation to slip further and further into that direction, but that is exactly what is happening. We have almost no middle class left. By the time partisan right-wingers destroy public education, medicare, social security; put an end to federally funded research, PBS and finish destroying other beneficial social program, we will be more like the Philippines than like the America that Ron and I grew up in. In Orlando there are over 4,000 HOMELESS STUDENTS! Yesterday I went to a store and saw a co-teacher working as a clerk. It was not her second job, but her third. But the economic disaster is not the worst problem. The partisan officials are killing our country with bigotry, hatred and un-American ideals that they stubbornly push. We no longer have a democracy in the US. It takes money to even run for office and the millionaire Congress does not even care about the masses, but are concentrated only on their own re-election.