August 16, 2011
The governor claims that 11,000 will be covered by the bill. Fitial's special advisor Howard Willens sent a letter to the House Committee requesting that no action be taken on the bill until after CNMI census figures are released.
The Saipan Tribune wrote:
Sablan also asked the delegate about his HR 1466, which proposes a “CNMI-only resident status” for a limited group of people.Why if this CNMI-only status is a mere "protection" and not meant to provide a decent U.S. status, were equally deserving foreign workers omitted totally from the bill? An estimated 12,000 of 16,000 were deliberately left out and are in a very precarious position because the congressman proposed that only foreign workers with a U.S. child or spouse deserve the "protection" status. What about the 12,000 LEGAL, long-term foreign workers not ever mentioned in the bill or in any of his statements? Stop the nonsense, indeed!
“Those who will be affected are already here, and how could somebody who is already here would have additional devastating effect if 1466 passes?” the Rotarian asked.
The delegate said that contrary to elected officials' and other community members' beliefs, his HR 1466 will not provide eligibility to affected individuals to own land in the CNMI, vote in the CNMI, or participate in social services.
Sablan also reiterated that there are only some 4,000 parents of U.S. citizens who will be affected by his bill, and not 11,000 as the Fitial administration had said.
But Sablan said the Fitial administration is not sure about its figure of 11,000 when it said it wants Congress to hold off action on HR 1466 until after the 2010 Census data are released.
Message to Foreign Resident Workers, August 13, 2011
Unresolved Immigration Issues, August 11, 2011
Shameful Legislation, August 9, 2011
Written Testimony of W. Doromal, July 14, 2011, July 28, 2011
Fitial-Willens on H.R. 1466, July 26, 2011
H.R. 1466: Stepping back in time to a time that we want to forget, July 20, 2011
Immigration is an Issue That Belongs to Every American, July 3, 2011
Hearing for H.R. 1466 scheduled for July 14th, June 22, 2011
Delivering A Message in Washington, DC, May 10, 2011
CNMI Status Debate Continues, May 5, 2011
Let the Games Begin...or continue, April 28, 2011
Some Thoughts on Status, April 25, 2011
Sablan Introduces Immigration Bill, April 21, 2011