HR 1466 Approved to Go to House Floor

October 06, 2011

HR 1466 was sent to the House Floor for a vote according to the following press release:

Press Release:
WASHINGTON, DC-The House Natural Resources Committee today approved a bill resolving the status of certain persons legally residing in Northern Mariana Islands under the immigration laws of the United States.
The Committee agreed by unanimous consent to send the measure, H.R. 1466, to the House floor for passage. 
H.R. 1466 would allow persons born in the Northern Marianas between 1974 and 1978, persons given permanent resident status under CNMI law, and their family members to continue to live and work in the Marianas. The bill also permits immediate family members of U.S. citizens to remain in the Northern Marianas until they can adjust their status under U.S. immigration law. 
Only persons who entered the Northern Marianas legally and remain legally present qualify under the bill. No amnesty is provided anyone who does not have legal status.
Is is disappointing that the members of the House Resources Committee and the co-sponsors of HR 1466:

• Failed to respond immediately to the U.S. Department of Interior Report that was released in April 2010 with a comprehensive immigration bill to grant permanent residency status or outright U.S. citizenship for ALL of the CNMI's legal, long-term (5 or more years) foreign workers.
• Introduced an inadequate bill that will inflict irreversible harm to many of the legal, long-term foreign resident workers.
• Support legislation that will maintain the un-American and un-democratic status quo in the CNMI by proposing to continue the disenfranchisement of 4,000 foreign workers, the CNMI permanent residents and the long-term alien residents covered in other categories provided in the bill.
• Failed to provide any kind of protection for 12,000 equally deserving legal, long-term foreign workers and their family members.
• Deferred to the CNMI’s delegate to support a politically motivated agenda that “protects the rights of the indigenous people” by allowing them to maintain political power and control over a two-tiered society where they rule over the majority disenfranchised underclass.

This legislation needs to be amended to include all of the 16,000 legal, long-term foreign resident workers to give them permanent residency or outright citizenship.

33 comments:

TAGLISH said...

Only persons who entered the Northern Marianas legally and remain legally present qualify under the bill.

How about tourists who came to CNMI and gave birth? They came legally, are they covered? This is insane! This is not fair for those who have lived here, have given their productive years and now are set aside! Very inhumane!

Anonymous said...

Wendy please help me understand:

"Only persons who entered the Northern Marianas legally and remain legally present qualify under the bill. No amnesty is provided anyone who does not have legal status."

I came here in Feb 1991- present (20 years) with LEGAL status. What should I do after my umbrella permit expires on Nov. 27, 2011? I lost my job when federal immigration took over. I still can't find an employer. But if economy gets bit better here, I believe I could find employment and so do local people here. How do you define "legally present" ? Am I illegal now that I lost employment? If HR 1466 will cause me to leave, does that mean HR 1466 is more powerful than MORTON MEMO?

Anonymous said...

This cannot pass by Nov 27. What will we do now?

Anonymous said...

This bill ain't gonna pass people. It's junk. Even if it does pass the House there's no way the Senate will pass it.

the teacher said...

I think the bill will pass unless there is strong objection on the House floor.

This bills passing does change the climate and strategy here. It answers the unanswerable question of what to do with some many citizen children. It is not what I would have wanted to see but since it is now on the floor, I support it 100% because I know how many kids and families this will help.

Would those made legal by this bill have priority for jobs over potential CWs the same way a citizen or permenent resident do?

Wendy Doromal said...

8:18

I have been told that this bill will not be signed into law the way it is written. The CW rules state that you must have a CW visa to stay after November 27. You need an employer to stay. If by some remote chance HR 1466 does pass yes, the 12,000 legal, long-term foreign workers without a job are screwed. (If it passes the 4,000 without a job would be "safe") It looks like the supporters of this bill want to thin out the workers and get rid of as many as possible. =

What is disturbing also is that the cap is at 22,000 plus thanks to Fitial. There is no way that number of workers is needed in the present economy. So what should be done is for every person that is made to leave (if any are) because they have no employer, then the number of workers under the cap should be reduced by that number. If 4,000 workers are told to deport, then reduce the cap by that number. There is no way that a federal GW program should maintain the status quo of the corrupt CNMI system that it aimed to end. No way should workers who devoted 5, 10, 20, 30 or more years in the CNMI be sent home to bring in MORE. It appears that the federal program could be not much better than the CNMI program, maybe even worse. Same, same different name. I am bringing up all of the flaws in meetings next week when I am in Washington with Rabby.

Please be sure to ask the federal ombudsman or an USCIS employee for any legal advice.

Anonymous said...

I will not forget what you did Kilili. My family of no US kids or wife will remember you every time we get hunger pains.

Anonymous said...

teacher said..."Would those made legal by this bill have priority for jobs over potential CWs the same way a citizen or permenent resident do?"

No citizen has "preference" over anyone. An employer has to prove that the job was advertised, but if an alien is more experienced and qualified then a US citizen, the alien gets the job.

Anonymous said...

The bill ain't gonna pass the Senate.

Anonymous said...

People need to realize the Ombudsman is not affiliated with DHS and they have no authority in those areas, is not a subject matter expert on Federal Immigration, the Ombudsman's opinion is not official or in many cases even correct. That is why so many people believe things they have been told but not told by those whose opinion is the only one that matters. DHS through CBP/USCIS/ICE is now on the island and are the only authorities on all things immigration. You have a question seek out the experts not those who think they are.

Anonymous said...

The ombudsman is an attorney. You may consult her and should if you are a CW with questions.

Anonymous said...

she is a government employee and not a private attorney. maybe she should go into private practice if she wants to provide that service. I am sure the government would be interested in her giving out legal immigration advice unrelated to her job, especially if it involves the area of another federal agency...

Anonymous said...

Wendy you said "If by some remote chance HR 1466 does pass yes, the 12,000 legal, long-term foreign workers without a job are screwed. (If it passes the 4,000 without a job would be "safe") It looks like the supporters of this bill want to thin out the workers and get rid of as many as possible. ="
DO you really believe that there are 12,000 legal long term workers are jobless? Where in the world you that number? And you mean the 4,000 parents of u.s.cit. children are all jobless? Are you serious?
You are speaking & acting like Cinta Kaipat already! Do not spin!
I support this bill simply to relieve the worries of this children!
I have a u.s. cit.child, I have an older child who is a green cardholder, me & spouse are employed. My employer will convert my status to CW-1 & my husband to HIB visa. Do you think I need this bill? I don't! But I am supporting this for those children who wants to continue to study & live here with their parents.
As you said, you will ask members of the congress to introduce another bill to cover everyone. Then do it & do it pass, because time is running out. But do not try to ask congress not to support this, by doing that, you are creating great fears again to these children.

Wendy Doromal said...

10:32 I do not think that there are 12,000 legal jobless workers not covered by the bill, and I do not know how many legal jobless workers there are among the 4,000 covered by the bill. I do know that there are jobless in both categories because I have heard from foreign workers with US citizen children and/or spouses that are unemployed and from foreign workers who do not have a U.S. citizen spouse or child who are unemployed. I am not understanding why US citizen children are viewed as more qualifying than foreign-born children as far as "protecting" them. If the intent of the bill is to "keep families together" why not support amending the bill to keep ALL families together? Why aren't YOU and ALL of the foreign workers urging the U.S. Congress to introduce just legislation that will provide permanent residency for ALL of the legal, long-term foreign workers? I am not asking the members NOT to support it I am asking for it to be amended or substituted. (Read my testimony please.) As it stands HR 1466 is not a good bill. I am attempting to alleviate the plight of ALL workers and ALL children whether they are U.S. or foreign born.

Anonymous said...

10:32 no you're cinta kaipat. you supports only US children and forgets the other children. M'am and brother Rabby want all childrens who wants to study and stay in NMI to get help. better they try to get the bill fixed. good luck to them.

Anonymous said...

anonymous 10:32 Huh? Please read what Wendy said, "This legislation needs to be amended to include all of the 16,000 legal, long-term foreign resident workers to give them permanent residency or outright citizenship." How is that scary? It's more inclusive and broader than the current bill. It would include more. You need to read before you attack the few people who are trying to help.

Anonymous said...

10:32 why don't you support all legal OCWs and there families if you have no personal benefit from the bill?

Wendy Doromal said...

10:32

I reread the comment at 8:45 and my wording is indeed confusing. I wrote, "...the 12,000 legal, long-term foreign workers without a job are screwed." I should have written the unemployed workers among the 12,000 who are not included in the bill are screwed." That is what I meant. If you do not have a spouse or child who is a U.S. citizen and you do not have a job you are not protected. While the unemployed in the 4,000 with a U.S. citizen spouse or child who are included in the bill are protected under the bill.

Anonymous said...

anon 11:35--"10:32 why don't you support all legal OCWs and there families if you have no personal benefit from the bill"
I would love to support! Where is that bill?

Anonymous said...

11:54 Ask your hero Rep. Sablan to put it in.

Anonymous said...

As per Wendy "If you do not have a spouse or child who is a U.S. citizen and you do not have a job you are not protected. While the unemployed in the 4,000 with a U.S. citizen spouse or child who are included in the bill are protected under the bill."
In reality when, we do not even know if this bill will pass. And in reality, even if a GW has a u.s. citizen kid, that doesn't guarantee him/her to stay legally if s/he doesn't have a job and a legitimate employer.
But one thing is sure, only those with legal status can avail of this HR1466 if this became a law. Remember, the bill says "must be legally admitted & present.". The question when is legally present? What date? May 2008? Nov.2009? Nov.2011? When the bill was introduced? When this became a law?

Anonymous said...

11:54 Ask your hero Rep. Sablan to put it in. ---I DID!
Did you? Or you are just busy blogging? Or you don't have the courage to stand in what you believe?

Anonymous said...

Ms. Wendy I think it's descriminatory to exclude those parents who has a u.s. Citizen child born after may 2008, because these children are much younger and need their parents more ..I can't see the reason what's the different between u.s. Citizen children born before and after may 2008.,,both of them are children and need their parent to be with them,,

Anonymous said...

guys please stop argument here it doesnt make sense.just pray for all painful workers.them hope/faith on GOD is stil alive.they are thinking that USA will bring something unique decision to benefit all workers here before november 28th. lets see what USA do for all innocent workers before 28th nov. them believe on USA human right/freedom/ombudsman/federal/UN authorities departments.lets see what USA superpower justice department will do.its challenge for them and USA humanity.if they kill faith on GOD of CNMI alien workers then its goes to them account it will consider big looser. :amen GOD loves all human being.

Anonymous said...

1:40pm, I have also question to myself why the Mat 2008 has not been mentioned in the newspaper instead they mentioned the definition of a "child" referencing the INA section where you cannot find the word "May 2008". Is this mean any age of the children?

Anonymous said...

11:54 (MB)

i asked and he said, "I can't help everyone." That's why mom wendy and rabby are asking other reps. in congress to put in for all legals here 5 years.

Anonymous said...

Here is a great comment left on MV by Long Time Resident, aka Glen H.

"People don't want to acknowledge it, but this change to US immigration is having a good effect.

1) foreign national spouses of US citizens are getting status rather than being kept in limbo, under the thumb and at the behest of their controlling or insecure spouses. the same for adopted children.

2) people are waking up to the fact that there are laws and processes that must be followed. Deadlines are real.

3) the US preference for employed people is being felt strongly. Aliens without jobs aren't getting a lot of sympathy and many/most will have to leave.

4) prevailing wages are going to have to be offered in skilled labor jobs. This means these jobs will be far more attractive and fair to the resident workforce.

5) employers, as well as foreign nationals, face more scrutiny and risk greater consequences if they try to scam the system.

All of these are improvements over what we were seeing in the past."

Anonymous said...

Glen Hunter is a salesman. The above sounds great but except for deadlines being real nothing here has changed. The Feds are not enforcing "prevailing wages" to attract resident American workers. The USCIS are severely understaffed here and cannot handle any complaints. For example, look at the want ads. Architect, four year degree, $5.05/hr blah blah blah. The takeover of the CNMI Immigration system occurred years after "labor abuses" were happening. The CNMI embarrassed Stayman, Miller and Pelosi by successfully keeping CNMI immigration control. So they whipped the Federal elephant in motion and years later it has arrived ready to stomp anything in it's path. Instead of simply working with the CNMI the Feds are now out here in force trying to figure out what the hell they're actually doing. For example, many nuns and priests will be deported. These people have helped islanders for decades. Sablan, Hunter and Doromal never mentioned this.

The DHS claimed that for national security reasons they will take over immigration and end the guest worker program. That's right, keep hard working foreigners OUT. Very little good has come from this. To the contrary thousands will be deported with little or no money at all thrust on to the streets of Manila. Nothing personal, just Federal business as usual.

Wendy Doromal said...

1:17

It would be indeed be very encouraging if what long-term resident said is true. I hope that the federal program IS better than the CNMI one. I believed that it would be until I watch events unfold over the last two years. I doubt in its present state it will because:
1. It regards the nonresident workers (even those who have been there legally 5,10, 15, 30 or more years) as disposable labor units rather than as future citizens, which makes them susceptible to abuses by dehumanizing them.
2. Instead of having employers of specialized occupation employees such as nurses, accountants engineers, etc. apply for the H1-B visas, the USCIS allows employers in these categoriesto be hired under the CW permits.
3. The CNMI leaders are already asking for an extension rather than asking for the legal permanent workers already present to be granted permanent residency or citizenship status.
4. The GW program will be difficult and expensive to oversee especially since historically the U.S .has never properly funded or staffed the U.S. departments in the CNMI and is unlikely to do so now. If they had then the criminal employees who regularly committed and still commit wage theft would have been prosecuted. If they had then the USDOL and EEOC would have their own investigators on island and cases would be resolved in weeks or months instead of in years or worse, and as is typical -never.
5. There may not be as much "scrutiny" as long term resident claims. According to workers, many employers are telling them they have to pay the permit fees. None are going to complain because they won't have a job if they do.
6. Let's see if the unscrupulous employers who have been allowed to cheat the workers without consequences for decades all of a sudden start obeying rules! Let's see if federal agencies start prosecuting them. Tinian Dynasty, the Rota Hotel and Saipan Ice and Water still have not resolved wage disputes with cheated, unpaid employees.

Wendy Doromal said...

1:17

No priests and nuns will be deported. Did you read the post that I put up two days ago? Those people with R visas (religious) can apply for parole so they do not have to exit. Read this post

Anonymous said...

"Long Time Resident" on the Marianas Variety is Jane Ellen Mack or Pamela Sue Brown, not Glen Dale Hunter.

His writing style is less lawyerly and more tendentious.

Does Christina-Marie Elise Sablan post on these blogs? Under what moniker?

Anonymous said...

"An employer has to prove that the job was advertised, but if an alien is more experienced and qualified then a US citizen, the alien gets the job."

Under all federal work visas with the exception of the newly created CW, prevailing wages prevent that from occuring.

Normally, if an employer was advertising for a position with no experience required, he would have to provide a valid explantion of why he did not hire a resident worker who applied. If the job required 2 or 5 years experience, the employer would have to pay a higher starting salary, and they he could hire the experienced worker with 2 or 5 years experience over the resident worker with no experience with no explanation.

The CW visa allows employers to hire workers with years of experience for minimum wage exploiting both the resident and the non-resident. Great for businesses and the current political control over government jobs and votes.

Anonymous said...

Mom thank you for all years of helping us. Do you have a photo of you we can have for when we go?