Some Calls to Action From Foreign Workers and Their Children

September 25, 2011

Kudos to the children of the nonresident workers for standing up for their parents and for family unity! The children will be rallying at the Multi Purpose Center on September 28, 2011 at 5:30 to support protected status for their parents.

Annie Bee has a facebook page entitled, "Keep Our Parents on 670"

The children of the foreign workers write:
More Info
6:00 pm—8:00 pm
Public session
Multipurpose Center, Susupe, Saipan
On this day! Inform your friends, parents, parents' friends, to GATHER at MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, SUSUPE in Petition to KEEP THEM even though they do not have papers OR in risk of leaving the island soon.



You can make a petition too!

Parents of U.S citizen whose U.S Citizen child are under 21 SHOULD be granted a parole-in-place until such time as the child become 21 and sponsor their parents for U.S permanent residency.

No families should be facing separation. The U.S. Congress must act on the DOI Report with legislation that addresses all of the legal, long-term foreign workers with a proper U.S. status, as P.L. 110-229 intended. They must act on this now. The must consider all families, not just those with a U.S. citizen child or spouse, but also those with an alien spouse and child, gay partnerships, and every legal, long-term foreign resident worker.

Also calling for action in the form of a silent protest is a commenter on this site who wrote:
Anonymous said...
ms. wendy please organize a silent protest on october 7 at 7:30 to 8:00 in the evening by turning off our power for 30 minutes...go out and light a candle on the street. i think 2 weeks is enough to spread the words...

September 23, 2011 4:29 PM
This is a protest that everyone who supports congressional action on the DOI Report can easily support! You don't have to even leave your home. I encourage everyone who supports permanent residency for all, legal, long-term foreign workers to join this silent protest: October 7, 2011 from 7:30 to 8:00 turn off the lights and light a candle on the street outside.

"Johnnie Jumper" and Kelvin Rodeo suggest a worker strike to let the people of the CNMI see what it would be like without the foreign workers. What would happen if those who contribute so much to the CNMI, make up 90% of the private sector, and keep the economy alive stayed home for a day? Of course, even a one-day strike would have a profound impact if it could be pulled off.  Unfortunately, the idea has been suggested many times and has been always rejected by workers who are afraid to lose their jobs. At this point in time, what do they have to lose?

Johnnie Jumper wrote:
Johnnie Jumper said...
Lets stop working for one day,just one day!Lets see what will happen...Lets unite all alien workers........

SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 10:08 AM
Kelvin Rodeo wrote:
Anonymous 2:30 PM:

You hit the nail right on the head. That is something that I have been secretly suggesting to many foreign workers on island for the past few months, but I have yet to hear of anything being organized. You all need to show the CNMI just how important you all are; that you aren't just worthless, easily replaceable labor units. You need to unite the entire foreign worker population on island and have everyone skip work one day and gather at the AMP Visitor's Center (fitting rally point, in my opinion), then when everyone is there, begin your protest march all the way up to Capital Hill (think Gandhi's Salt March here). THIS is what you all need to do in order to get something done to help you all out. Considering the large amount of foreign workers that comprise the private sector on Saipan, this would put a HUGE dent in the system, and the CNMI will see just how really important you all are. Everyone thinks that contract workers can all just go back home and be easily replaced, eh? Go and prove them wrong! Remember that YOU are the majority on island. DO NOT FEAR. Fear is your worst enemy. Succumb to fear and you WILL NOT get anything done for your cause. YOU CAN DO THIS.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2011 9:42 AM
Many foreign workers and advocates taking a stand and calling for action. In a week Rabby Syed will be heading for the mainland to join me in advocating for permanent residency for all legal, long-term foreign resident workers and other categories of aliens including those who are currently admissible to the U.S. under the INA; CNMI permanent residents, their spouses and children; widows and widowers of U.S. citizens residing in the CNMI; and aliens who were born in the CNMI between January 1, 1974, and January 9, 1978 and their spouses and children.

If the co-sponsors of H.R. 1466 can co-sponsor bills that call for 11 million illegal aliens to be granted green cards and a pathway to citizenship and they can co-sponsor the DREAM Act to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented children of aliens, then they can and must co-sponsor a bill to provide 16,000 legal, long-term  foreign workers permanent residency. Not some CNMI-only status that echoes the post-Civil War Black Codes, but permanent residency status - the same status proposed for undocumented aliens in immigration reform bills that have been introduced over and over in the U.S. Congress over last few years. (Congressman Sablan has co-sponsored some of immigration reform bills   including  HR1751, the American Dream Act and HR 4321 Comprehensive Immigration Reform. . . , showing that he supports a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented aliens, but CNMI-only status for 16,000 LEGAL foreign workers.)

P.L. 110-229 must be amended to include a provision to support permanent residency for all legal, long-term (5 or more years in the CNMI) foreign resident workers and the other categories of aliens that will be deeply harmed if not provided status. The U.S. needs to do right by all of the legal, long-term foreign workers who have contributed so much the the CNMI for years and decades.

Message from the United Workers Movement: Rabby Syed, President of the United Workers Movement said, "The UWM supports the children of the alien workers in their effort to gain protection for their parents, as we support all of the legal alien workers. We encourage members to support their efforts.  We also ask all community members to participate in the silent candlelight protest on October 7, 2011. Turn off your lights from 7:30 to 8:00 pm and light a candle outside in the street."

Here some children and families speak about the need for green cards on this video (by Wendy L. Doromal ©2007):

Below are some photos of some of the children and their families.


Anonymous said...

Are these kids supporting their relatives that have no US citizen kid or wife or just there own family? if they support all workers for green cards I will join them too.

the teacher said...

Contract workers have a strong leader in Kelvin, but I am quite sure that a strike would not be effective because employed workers with CW hopes would not support it, and unemployed workers wouldn’t be missed. There is no way a worker expecting CW employment would strike, so who does that leave? A strike by unemployed workers would be seen as desperate, ridicules, and futile.

Strikes are effective when the labor is needed as when a company has signed contracts for years of work. That is not the case here and we have way too many workers for the limited number of jobs. My observation is purely economic.

Anonymous said...

Kelvin isn't a worker leader. He's a student in California. He organized a rally on Capital Hill that a couple people came to.

the teacher said...

Kelvin's writing and activism alone make him a leader, not to mention his intellegence. CGWs could have used his leadership ability in the garment days, but today there is no work, no income, hence no leverage to mount an action.

I have reservations about the involvement of children in movements or actions(not meaning young adults who speak for themselves). Having young children with signs may not have the positive impact that participants might hope for. And survey among HS students in the spring of 2010 found US citizen children of CW parents aqainst green cards for workers by 2-1. I questioned two students about their opposition after class and they said, "Mister, if everyone here gets green cards we will be forced to move to the mainland because supply/demand for jobs here will be stiff and pay will remain low, besides we can petition our own parents soon enough anyway, so no, we do not favor improved status for all".

Anonymous said...

All those young kids with cardboard signs reminds me of Manila! It's probably illegal too.

Wendy Doromal said...

Anonymous 9:37 Seriously? Illegal? those children were holding signs at rallies where organizers had obtained permits. If you don't like cardboard, please feel free to donate poster board to them for Wednesday's protest.

TAGLISH said...

The teacher has strong points. Strike is not the effective way. Then, what if CWs will do the following;

- close bank accounts, let's estimate, 4,000CWs have at least $3000 = $12M?
- close all telephone and cellphone accounts, say 4000CWs at $28/month = 112K/month
- close CUC accounts, say 4000CWs at $150/month = $600K/month

More or less, those will happen if H1B or CW are to be filed for CWs, right?

BTW, teacher, for your student who said this..
"Mister, if everyone here gets green cards we will be forced to move to the mainland because supply/demand for jobs here will be stiff and pay will remain low, besides we can petition our own parents soon enough anyway, so no, we do not favor improved status for all".

tell him/her, if his CW parents could survive soon enough before nov 27 comes and his petitions for CW parents file. Stupid student!

Anonymous said...

Safety note. First any parents who let their children "protest" during school hours need to be reported to social services immediately. After school hours children need to where orange reflective vests especially if they will be working at night. Flashlights (NOT CANDLES) should be held. There will be a lot of cars around the area so extra precautions need to be taken.

Anonymous said...

The teacher needs to study economics or he can learn through experience. He can watch the NMI crash and become a ghost town as 11,000 OCWs leave (as he wants). Hope he loves his $1,000 a month electric bill and double the price in food and other supplies. He can enjoy empty beaches because the tourists won't come to a dumpy place. If more than half the people leave with their families stores will board up and the place will be more of a dump than it is now. The student isn't all that bright to want instability for OCWs because he's so selfish he wants to stay somewhere. Lots of OCW families are waiting to leave for the states. Who can blame them after the way they've been treated in the NMI? Strike is not the way because the OCWs can't agree on anything and would fight about what day to hold it.

Anonymous said...

The US government have spent millions of dollars to help nations that suffered from disaster, where families got separated and where many got sick and died, and where many lost their jobs. To relate: NMI's economy is going down, many alien workers who have spent much of their lives for a very long time will be asked to leave. Some of them have families that will be separated, some will have nowhere to live in their own countries. Some lives would be destroyed consequently. The NMI will get affected by mass deportation of alien workers and their families. Question: Where is the humanitarian role of the US in that respect? Is it HUMANE to drive away people who have dedicated their lives here in the NMI. Is it HUMANE to separate families?

Anonymous said...

those children were not pan handling atleast. when you saw those panhandlers on the street asking for donations, did you ask why there were not wearing the orange vest?
these kids were not asking for money.they were and still are asking for help, not only for their parents but for themselves. no parent = nobody to take care of them. as simple as that.

the teacher said...

TAGLISH has it correct, no one cares about right vs wrong, it is only about the money. If unemployed people strike, they will be laughed at. Some economic clout could be organized, but not easily. as CW candidates/green card holders/new citizens/etc don't seem interested after their own personal status has already been improved, like the US citizen students who opposed improved status(and it wasn;t one, it was a 2/3 majority).

In the states, the Tea Party called for revolution but wrapped their agenda around racism and scattered theories. I predict the next US movement will be a middle class tax revolt, something attorneys and the wealthy do already.

the teacher said...

And noni 6:55, learn economics through experience and pay 1k utility bills in a ghost town with tranquill beaches...funny stuff. You got one thing right though, workers would argue about which day to hold a strike until they splintered into 17 groups each with a staff of "leaders". CGWs have always needed one real leader here.

On the other hand, if we had a small population we could offer wealthy tourists and investors something not available everywhere...something the rich and famous would pay dearly for. All while our tiny population earns enormous wages and the standard of living and quality of life for our children improves.

I have always been for improving peoples status...and not because they all diserve it, but because it will reduce our population, a population that currently has no work or jobs and looks more like Malabon(oh I forgot, I can't say that I have to say the impoverished third world or some other noni might cry because I insulted her PI homeland, the one that she so wants to leave)everyday, and freezing alot of unemployed persons here is economic insanity.

So improve status, yes, allow persons to stay here in a 2nd class status, I vote NO.

Anonymous said...

teacher, nobody wants to leave our pi homeland. what we want is employment stability that can only be attained through some kind of improved status. when will you ever understand that?

we are proud pinoys through and through! proud hard working pinoys!

pi might be third world to you but it is number one for us. we are here and everywhere else in the world because we are good workers. we do not have to be there to help. we help by being away from home....

the teacher said...

There has been much fraud and there will be much more immigration fraud. The results are terrible for the NMI and residents. During the wait for regulations, many more aliens entered the NMI, some were returning guest workers, some spouses and relatives, and others tourists looking for work. This resulted in a swell in poor workers and will keep wages depressed here for a generation if not addressed.

Some might say, "don't you like 3 dollar haircuts and tire repair", but the answer is "no", I would prefer trades people making 40k a year so they don't live in dumps and so the quality of life in the NMI will rise, hopefully making demand to visit and reside here for tourists and investors considerably more attractive.

Every CW or soon to be CW that I have talked to the past month is paying their own fees. This will result in more labor abuse because the worker is a willing participant in immigration fraud from the onset. Any other question of non-payment or abuse will be exactly like it has always been here. If you want to rip someone off, steal from another crook because they can'r very well call the law in, and this is the plight of our failed immigration system apparently the new fed reform policies. This is why the admin and local businesses like these new regs, the status quo in a fed system.

anniebee said...

yes we are supporting those who does not have a u.s citizen :)

-annie bee

Anonymous said...

The teacher, you have many good points but by the sound of your students, if they are your students, they seem to be in elementary. Now is it wise for you to ask that to your student, if they are of another race, that question. Also, contract workers, if given green card, ARE NOT FORCED to move to the mainland. that is just silly talk, as a teacher, you failed to explain that

Anonymous said...

Noni 10:16

The USCIS drank from the Fitial kool-aid The new guest worker program is corrupt already thanks to the feds listening to Fitial and his lobbyists.

Anonymous said...

Teacher, do you really want us to believe that a 2/3rds majority of alien kids want their parents to be in danger of lbeing deported? Did you look at the kids united on the facebook page wendy put up here? These kids want green cards for their parents and other legal aliens. Ask anniebee.

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Anonymous said...

Wendy, please ask the Congress to provide us with an explanation why they could not support the LEGAL and LONG TERM aliens here in the NMI to get a FAIR status or visa, when they (the CONGRESS) in fact supported the eleven thousand ILLEGAL aliens in the mainland and the also the DREAM ACT group of individuals to be in a better position. I just think that we deserve an explanation from Congress before they will deport some of us and break our families and rip us off from our source of living. Thank you for your hard work.

Anonymous said...

Can the contract workers and long term workers make a move to sign a petition to ask congress to provide us a valid explanation why they could not support us here?

Wendy Doromal said...

Anonymous 6:51

It's 11 MILLION undocumented aliens! I have been asking. I guess they don't have the courtesy to respond. I delivered letters in person and sent letters to every co-sponsor by certified mail. I intend to ask when I visit their offices and through the press.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Wendy, it is indeed 11 million undocumented aliens. My mistake. If they have not given you any answer to that question,then there should really be something behind all this. Money, fame, power, greed or all.

Anonymous said...

they always say "you want it (federalization) you got it", i would say " you want it (us to leave) you got it"... then suffer the consequences because we always survive using our capabilities, what about you? can you survive if the economy collapsed? do you think US will always be there to feed you?

Anonymous said...

That was the choice Congress made in passing Public Law 110-229 without a status provision.

What remains now is for us to obey.

The explanation is simple: The U.S. citizens on Guam do not want competition for jobs from former CNMI guest workers.

the teacher said...

Noni 7:10 said

"Teacher, do you really want us to believe that a 2/3rds majority of alien kids want their parents to be in danger of lbeing deported?"

I don't care what you believe and I didn't say 2/3 wanted their parents in danger of deportation. I simply stated the facts of a poll taken of HS students nearing graduation, not young children, and those young Americans seemed to be watching out for themselves and their parents as they will petition them anyway.

People watch out for themselves and their best interests. People who have US children support Kilili's bill and those who don't, generally don't. People here who have green cards or citizenship generally don't want the pool expanded, and that is a fact, like it or not.

I support improved status but think adding every alien on the island destroyed the case for long time legal workers. So now the regs will determine who has a legal employer and who doesn't. The years here prior to federalization are out according to a federal court ruling, so until that is overturned, something I don't have the capability to do, talking about it is unrealistic. Having a bogus employer or paying ones own fees to keep a CW will not likely be an angle into a green card, at least thats my understanding of reading the regs.

Anonymous said...

If you go home now, when your oldest child turns 21 you can be petitioned and move somewhere like Texas, where the economy is still growing.

Now is the time to save one's money in preparation for that date a few years from now.

the teacher said...

Noni 11:56 above, you are taking a positve attitude on a stressful situation. Saving money isn't the only answer though, as this transition time may be great for improving ones skills, profession, or education. You will like Texas better in a highly skilled position.