Message to the Nonresident Workers

July 7, 2011

©2011 W. L. Doromal
Next week the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs will hold a hearing on P.L. 110-229 and H.R. 1466. The hearing will be held at the Longworth House Office Building, Room 1324, Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

I will be submitting written testimony on behalf of myself and the United Workers Movement-NMI. All nonresident workers who support permanent residency status for all categories of legal, long-term nonresident workers or wish to detail their personal situations can send me  letters and/or statements that I will hand-carry to the committee next week. (Please include your full name, mailing address and email address on the correspondence.) I must receive any letters or statements by Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Send all correspondence to my personal email: .

The UWM will be sponsoring a gathering for workers in front of the Homeland Security Office at the TSL Building in Garapan on July 14 beginning at 7:00pm.  They are inviting all nonresident workers and their supporters to join them in a conversation to share ideas on strategies to push for permanent residency status for all categories of legal, long-term nonresident workers.

Two important CNMI-related issues will be discussed at the hearing:

P.L. 110-229, the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA), which contains provisions "to implement further the Act approving the Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union with the United States of America, to amend the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003, and for other purposes" and 
H.R. 1466, a bill "To resolve the status of certain persons legally residing in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands under the immigration laws of the United States."
See these previous posts concerning H.R. 1466:

Hearing for H.R. 1466 scheduled for July 14th
CNMI Status Debate Continues
Let the Games Begin...or continue
Some Thoughts on Status
Sablan Introduces Immigration Bill