Humane Treatment for Guest Workers?

June 1, 2011

KSPN 2 quoted Congressman Greg Kilili Sablan as saying that "DHS assured him that guest workers and long–term residents will be treated “humanely” if the agency fails to issue formal regulations by the November immigration transition date."

KSPN said, "Sablan's office says such assurances may not offer much protection to those affected. Sablan has introduced legislation to prevent homeland security from deporting CNMI permanent residents and immediate relatives of U.S. citizens."

Seriously? DHS assured him humane treatment?

DHS is suggesting that the department may not even have the regulations by November 2011? That is not only unacceptable, but is inhumane!

The U.S. Congress should issue the legal, long-term (5 or more years) nonresident workers green cards and then no one will have to worry about status, lack of a needed workforce, or humane treatment!

The nonresident workers' ill and unjust treatment has been routinely and consistently disregarded by the United States Congress and federal agencies.  Whether the cause has been the lack of funding for agencies to pursue nonresident workers' constitutional and legal rights on U.S. soil, ignorance to issues, political excuses, or complete callousness to their abusive treatment, for decades the United States Government has failed to ensure humane treatment of the nonresident workers and their families.

Over the years, the United States Government has tossed out a few hollow warnings, but has generally stood by and watched the injustices. The United States Congress failed to address the unstable position of the tens of thousands of de-facto citizens of the CNMI - the nonresident workers - when PL 110-229 was passed without providing a provision for status and eventual U.S. citizenship.

 "Humane" treatment may depend on DHS' definition of "humane". Besides regulations won't provide a "humane" solution  -they are merely regulations for the guest worker program.  True justice and humane treatment must come from the United States Congress. Anything less than reparations for the millions of dollars in wages and illegal deductions that was stolen from the cheated workers as well as granting an unobstructed pathway to U.S. citizenship would not be "humane".  It is inhumane not to have issued regulations. It is inhumane to have introduced discriminatory legislation that fails to address protections and U.S. status for ALL of the legal, long-term nonresident workers.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

HR 1466 favors selected people especially those with U.S. citizen children on or before May 08, 2008. Those who will benefit from the Bill are non-residents who are married in their native soil, have family but somehow made a family of his own in the CNMI. I don't think giving them "a CNMI-resident status" is fair but unjust. There are also non-resident individuals who follow not only the humane principles of the so called family but the law of God as well. If they only knew that having US citizen children on or before May 08, 2008 regardless of age will be the basis for improved status, they may thought of having an extended family in the CNMI.

Anonymous said...

I have commented on this blog before stating that DHS is not really interested in releasing anything. They are in no rush to handle the illegal problem in the US and I don't think they are in any rush to do anything here. I think they will simply extend the time for, oh, let's say another year so they can "study" the situation more. Got to do that studdi'n. And after they study and study and study and more and more people are economically deported they can come in with some regulations to handle the 1,500 or so CW's that are still here.
Green cards? No. More like a one-way ticket back home. I'm not saying it's right, but it looks more and more like the way it's gonna be.

Anonymous said...

A study made by a University of Washington law student Robert Musulich for the U S Congress to amend the EB4 Visa category to include CNMI legal long term non-resident workers is a excellent idea.

Anonymous said...

According to today's Marianas Variety:

USCIS still processes applications for advance parole, parole, and parole-in-place documents.

Haith said, “Our office has currently received 7,000 requests for advance parole documents.”

Their goal, he said, is to expedite processing of applications in 10 working days.

He also told Variety that their office has processed 360 parole-in-place documents.

He said the parole-in-place document is for CNMI workers who failed to secure their umbrella permits when these were issued before Nov. 27, 2009.


Seven thousand is a huge reduction in the guest worker population, which will grow smaller once the federal version of the CNMI's system is implemented -- with far higher costs.

As the CNMI economy continues to plunge, most Chinese are returning home to participate in the economic opportunity there.

However, those many Filipinos with one older (or possibly estranged) family back home and a newer "family" here in the CNMI are hanging on until the bitter end.

Anonymous said...

No one should be surprised if the regs are not issued by November. It may even by the feds' approach to delay their issuance in order to 'wait out' the guest workers and have a large number of them simply leave. The US gov't knows that once they're gone, they can lock the door shurt behind them.

I'm not saying I agree with this, but I doubt the Feds ever really wanted to deal with our situation head-on.

Anonymous said...

We are ready to help our home country again. So much help for the CNMI, see what we've got.

Green Cards for All! said...

Most Bengalis will not leave unless the U.S. Government provides free air transportation back to Dhaka.

Does Kilili have the clout to arrange a military transport there, perhaps with a stop-over in Manila?

I don't think the U.S. is inclined to spend the money on CNMI problems, but perhaps if we raise our voices loud enough it will be done.

The economic situation here has declined severely in the past twelve months, so even those who want to leave the CNMI usually lack the resources to do so. Many of us are trapped!

Also, I agree that H.R. 1466 punishes those Christians and Moslems who remained faithful to their spouses abroad, or practiced premarital chastity. Instead, it rewards a random fraction of those who engaged in promiscuity (especially without condoms). Is this what we want the CNMI to become, a haven and center for loose sexuality, prostitution, infidelity, fornication, sex-tourism, abortion, human trafficking, child abuse, and perverted kidnapping?!

Kilili should withdraw his bill and instead help those "temporary" guest workers who want to leave to do so! With their families, including children born here. The right to family unity is an inalienable right under natural law!

Anonymous said...

The host countries should foot the repatriation bill for their own citizens. Not the United States taxpayers. The Philippine government needs to open a fund account before November 2011, not after. DHS has money to deport anyone "not wanting" to leave. This happens all of the time. Kilili mentioned humane treatment. Humane treatment from the DHS will consist of a Diet Coke and a sandwich in coach.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 7:26 and 9:23 No legal nonresident worker should be deported. No legal nonresident worker should have to pay for the airfare to his/her country of origin. It is not the responsibility of the country of origin to repatriate their citizens. It is the responsibility of the last employer of record to repatriate those wishing to leave. Unfortunately many criminal employers have not only refused to pay proper wages, but have refused to pay medical expenses and repatriation costs.

Anonymous said...

We can already see the abuses of the China/Russia visa waiver in Saipan in Tinian, as (despite record unemployment) employers are trying to recruit desperate workers from off-island. When the CW visa regulations are issued allowing off island hires, there will be a continuation of exploitation and abuse. DHS is trying to prolong being the cause for the upcoming exploitation.