Stop the Nonsense: Fix H.R. 1466!

August 16, 2011

Congressman Gregorio (Kilili) Sablan told Rotarians yesterday, "We need to stop all this nonsense." The delegate was complaining about the governor's questioning of Sablan's 4,000 estimate of foreign workers who would be "protected" under H.R. 1466.

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.

“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.
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!


See also:
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
H.R.1466: More Spin, July 20, 2011
More on H.R. 1466, July 19, 2011

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

All the talk about numbers and still Sablan doesn't tell why he screwed the others. Why doesn't the press ever ask him? Isn't his wife a former CW?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Fitial and Howard are trying to help these people. Sablan has written legislation to get rid of most of them.

Wendy Doromal said...

No, Fitial and Howard don't want to help them at all and never have.

Why Congressman Sablan has written this legislation is not clear because he will not explain his reasons. (Except for the claim that it is to help or "protect" families, but we all know it helps only a very limited amount of families.) He will not state the rationale of omitting 12,000 equally deserving LEGAL, long-term, foreign workers. He will not state WHY he proposed a backward non-U.S., CNMI-only status that perpetuates disenfranchisement. I have only heard political arguments from a rude staff member that explained no rationale for the bill, but instead attacked me for not supporting it. Ditto for Rabby who has the courage to speak out against this bill and try to get the other 12,000 legal, long-term foreign workers included and get the status upgraded to permanent residency.

Letters to the editors of the co-sponsors' newspaper go out next week. Maybe it will inspire one of the co-sponsors who claims to be a champion of immigration reform to think about the injustice of this bill and substitute a bill to make it right.

Anonymous said...

Wendy, you said the Congressman does not "explain his reasons" or "state is rationale" for leaving out the all the workers.
There can be alot of reasons
1) Political suicide to say you want to give improved status to workers. This is indisputable.
2) He does not think they really deserve improved status.
3) Knows there is no way the bill will pass with everyone involved.
4) Even if he had the political "courage" (if you want to cal it that) it would probably not pass and he would have live, nobely in your world, with his actions.
Remember, he did not create this mess in the first place, you can blame the CNMI govermnent of many years ago for even giving these CW's a chance to come here.
You are asking him to jump into a volcano on a fools errand. Don't expect him to do exactly what the people that voted him are asking him not to do.
Doesn't matter anyway. In this immigration climate and the upcoming election no politician is going out on a limb unless they can clearly see the advantage in it.

Wendy Doromal said...

Well, we won't know until he states the facts!

Wendy Doromal said...

Yes, it would pass. These are LEGAL, foreign workers, not illegals and there is sure nothing controversial about that in the U.S. In fact, the Akaka Murkowski bill passed previously in the Senate. So a bill for illegals can be introduced by members and not one for illegals? Ridiculous!

Anonymous said...

9:07

Are you suggesting that our leaders should only introduce bills that will get them re-elected? Hmmm. That may be what's wrong with our political system. Our so-called leaders lack the coconuts to do what's right. They'll do anything to get re-elected. Even screw 12,000 innocent people for no reason. Sick!

By the way, I recall he did help create this mess when he was a member of the NMI House.

You know so much, explain why he tossed 12,000 in a volcano, smartie.

Anonymous said...

9:07:
You said, "1) Political suicide to say you want to give improved status to workers. This is indisputable."
One person's political job is worth more than 16,000 peoples' survival and future? How do you balance this? No strength of character.

You said, "2) He does not think they really deserve improved status." You're saying slaving away for the NMI for years means nothing to him. No moral compass.

You said: "3) Knows there is no way the bill will pass with everyone involved." You're saying he tried to introduce a bill that would have provided status and it didn't pass, or he's a mind reader? How many people said the federalization bill wouldn't pass? It passed under Republicans. The old saying, "You won't know until you try." applies here. Just another excuse to avoid doing what's right in the grand scheme of things.

You said, "4) Even if he had the political "courage" (if you want to cal it that) it would probably not pass and he would have live, nobely in your world, with his actions." Or he can live knowing he ruined the lives of tens of thousands of innocent people without trying and carry that burden and karma to his grave until he answers to a higher being after that.

You said, "Remember, he did not create this mess in the first place, you can blame the CNMI govermnent of many years ago for even giving these CW's a chance to come here." If you're a person with political power and haven't done something to help, then you're as much responsible for the mess as the people who "created" it. He was part of the CNMI government for 30 plus years. He could have stopped the wrongs when he was a NMI legislator or community member. He's got a mouth. He can't claim he couldn't do nothing. That was his decision.

You said, "You are asking him to jump into a volcano on a fools errand. Don't expect him to do exactly what the people that voted him are asking him not to do." Sometimes doing the right thing takes courage, and a moral compass. He asked people with IR family to vote for him. He asked CWs to get bosses and friends to vote for him with his promises. After he gets elected he turns his back on them. He made the CWs the fools.

You said, "Doesn't matter anyway. In this immigration climate and the upcoming election no politician is going out on a limb unless they can clearly see the advantage in it." Yep, to Kilili it's about him and his election and not about doing what's right. He's no different than Fitial or any other of our NMI politicians. They're all made from the same cloth. He'll go down in history as betraying the CWs he asked to help get him elected.

Anonymous said...

9:07
How did the CW's help get Killi elected? They can't vote.