Rabby is Leaving for the States Tomorrow!

September 27, 2010

Rabby Syed, President of the United Workers Movement-NMI is leaving tomorrow for the states! He will be in New York and then we will meet in Washington, DC to urge policy makers and members of Congress to grant permanent residency to all of the legal, long-term foreign workers of the CNMI.  We will also relay concerns that we have received from foreign contract workers. Many expressed concern that they were left out of HR 1466 and request that the Congress act upon the DOI report to introduce legislation that will grant all of the legal, long-term foreign workers permanent residency status, not a CNMI-only status that will merely maintain the status quo for a select group.

Other workers have expressed concerns over wage theft. They fear that they will be deported without receiving what is owed to them. Some have questions about CW travel restrictions. Still others are expressing concerns that employers insist that the employees must pay their own fees for CW permits. Most expected that Congress would have acted on the DOI Report by now to introduce a bill for status for all legal foreign workers. They are trying to deal with the instability and fear that their families are suffering as a result of Congress' failure to act.

The United States officials must  work together to end the uncertainty and fear that is increasing in the foreign worker community and act to stabilize the workforce and the CNMI economy.

I will be leaving for Washington, DC on October 11th and will post any news here. All foreign workers and their supporters are welcome to continue to send letters and emails for me to hand carry to members of Congress and officials.  My email is doromal@earthlink.net  I will answer all messages.

See you soon Rabby! Godspeed!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

God Speed Bro.Rabby-

the teacher said...

Good luck on the lobby trip.

The US is not going to change much on immigration, no citizenship, no green cards, little enforcement, and only a few deportations for criminals,

I don't expect immigration here to change. I don't expect Kilili's bill to pass.

There is no way a blanket improved status or path to citizenship provision will be added by the markup committee, if anything, they would be more likely to strike one or more of the four groups than to add a new catagory. With US unemployment near 10%, immigration issues aren't passing anytime soon. Should the President win big in November of 2012 and the Dems retake the House, reform would be high on the agenda, but NMI reform will depend on a broad national policy. Should the President lose or the GOP keep the house, everyone can forget the Democratic view of immigration reform for a long time. The GOP concept of reform is "letum all come, they will have few rights or protections and can't ask for civil or legal assistance because they themselves have broken the law...much like a CNMI situation when workers willingly work ONE YEAR without pay and don't do anything about it until they are fired.

Anonymous said...

The rules are out and will not be changed. This is what every one of the lobbyists wanted - FEDERAL IMMIGRATION TAKEOVER. They praised it while holding hands and waving them in the air. If Rabby were smart he would stay in New York with his family. I question why Rabby is going in the first place. US Federal Taxpayers have spent tens of thousands of dollars for Congressional Staffers to fly their junket trips over here to tell everyone exactly what the regulations say and remind everyone that by November 27 many thousands will have to leave. So what is the trip for? It would take an act of Congress to change these regulations and that will not happen. Remember, this is exactly what the far left liberals and anti Republican lobbyists wanted.

Anonymous said...

Go ahead Rabby, God bless you.

Wendy Doromal said...

Anonymous 3:03

What are you talking about? It would be better if you read and understood before you commented. PL 110-229 is flawed because it lacked a provision for permanent residency. Any guest worker program that regards foreign workers as labor units rather than as future citizens is unjust and will not work. Employers that know that workers are disposable will abuse them. Governments that regard people as replaceable objects, rather than as valued employees and equal human beings, will not spend time and money to enforce laws and protect them. We need a bill in Congress that will provide for permanent residency for the foreign workers. That alone will provide stability, security and protection not just for the foreign workers, but for the employers and all of the people in the CNMI. People can complain, or they can take action. It is better to do something (write a letter, write testimony, call and visit congressional offices) to try to convince policy makers to do the right thing rather than to do nothing because you want to believe you KNOW what Congress will do.

Anonymous said...

you are very right Wendi, do something than negatively believed that Congress will do... that is a discrediting without helpful suggestions.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Wendi. Go ahead Rabby, you the real representative of long-term dedicated workers.It is the last voice to let US congress know what is right before the deportation happens.

Green Cards for All! said...

Wendy Doromal said...

PL 110-229 is flawed because it lacked a provision for permanent residency.

This is because the people of Guam, through their elected representative Delegate Bordallo, do not want to be flooded with former CNMI contract workers competing with them for jobs.

Nothing has changed in this regard, so an alternative disposition is unlikely, no matter how hard you, they, or anyone else lobby.

With the uncertainty in the Guam military build-up, and a resurgence of interest in settling thier political status, the United States wants to give Guam what they want, as much as feasible.

Anonymous said...

Good luck in washington mom Wendy thanks for helping us

Anonymous said...

2:00 How racist Guam is. They want US military people flooding the island but not skilled foreign workers.

Green Cards for All! said...

Guam is by no means racist; it has a hospitable and welcoming culture, just like the CNMI.

But why would any people consign their own children, siblings, relatives and friends to poverty and unemployment just to make room for some guest workers from the CNMI?

That is contrary to their self-interest and human nature. No one blames our hard-working guest workers for trying to better their station in life. Likewise, no one should blame the people of Guahan for trying to preserve theirs.

That is why we have economic regulation, things like minimum wages, labor laws, unions, and immigration quotas in the first place.

In an ideal, utopian world, people would be free to move anywhere they please, without constraint (and perhaps sell their labor at any bargained-for price, without a lower limit). But we are not there yet.

Guest workers need to make practical plans for themselves based on life as it is, not as they wish it would be.

Wendy Doromal said...

Green Cards

Resolution 80 that the Guamanian legislators wrote opposing status for CNMI workers was blatantly racist.

You said, "...But we are not there yet.

Guest workers need to make practical plans for themselves based on life as it is, not as they wish it would be."

We are not there yet because the foreign workers are told that's "all that they can get" and they believe it. We aren't there yet because people who know what our country stands for makes excuses to water down the ideals and principles to fit their political agendas. We aren't there yet because there are too many politicians more interested in getting elected than in doing the right thing. We aren't there yet because people think that others deserve less than they have. We aren't there yet because people in power toss aside their beliefs to support a perceived political ally. We aren't there yet because people tell the loyal, legal, long-term foreign workers that they should settle for less than what is offered to 11 million undocumented aliens. We aren't there yet because "life as it is" is really life as the top tier of the two-tiered society has imposed on the disenfranchised underclass, and not as it should be. We aren't there yet because foreign workers should be viewed as future citizens not as disposable commodities.

Anonymous said...

Greencards said..But why would any people consign their own children, siblings, relatives and friends to poverty and unemployment just to make room for some guest workers from the CNMI?

Then why Guamanian couldn't come and help CNMI, take these jobs that foreign workers do...

Anonymous said...

all CNMI alien workers spirit with you mr.Rabby.please do your best.hopefully MR.obama will listen you.please do fair for all long term workers.because some have no baby.jesus christ/mohammad/etc.. bless you.

Anonymous said...

My prayers for you Rabby & Mam Wendy! Thank you so much for the unselfish act that will benefit most CW. Thank you for not thinking only of yourself and your family. The fact that you are safe with this immigration hullaballoo, you are still striving for the betterment of us, CWs. May God bless you and your family.