IR Parole in Place Workshops are Online in Video Format

October 24, 2011

Micronesian Legal Services has posted 4 videos that showcase the workshop that Attorney Jane Mack conducted at American Memorial Park on USCIS parole in place for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens.

Thank you to Jane for making these videos available to the foreign workers who have a U.S. citizen spouse or child.

You can view these videos at the Marianas Office of the Micronesian Legal Services, Inc. Day in Court Website. (Click the links below)

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

There is also a note of caution on the website:
Since we conducted this workshop we have heard two things of importance:

1. USCIS is not likely to grant parole-in-place to immediate relatives of US citizens unless the I-130 (or I-360 for abuse victims and widows/widowers) has been filed. Note, however, USCIS continues to be sympathetic to specific cases where extreme hardship exists caused by medical issues (handicapped or disabled individuals, special needs children).

2. If USCIS denies the parole-in-place application, it is likely to turn over the name and information about the foreign national to ICE. This means that removal proceedings will likely be filed against you more promptly than if you did not file the parole-in-place application.

Just a caution.
Why would  USCIS  hand over the denied applications to ICE? Is this an indication that the USCIS will take steps to remove aliens who have not committed criminal acts? I think that members of the U.S. Congress and officials should be notified of this. A spokesperson from ICE said that the Morton memo applies to the CNMI, as it should.  Therefore, no action should be taken to deport any alien from the CNMI who has not committed a criminal act. I am watching.

There is an extremely short two-month time frame for workers to determine the futures of themselves and their families. Many foreign workers are overwhelmed with stress and uncertainty. Will their employers petition for them or hire U.S. citizen workers? Will those who have recently been terminated locate a new employer? Where will those without jobs go since they have lived most of their adult lives in the CNMI and have no other "home" to return to?

If the Governor, Congressman Sablan, or anyone else would like the aliens who are not granted CW visas, other US visas or parole to leave the CNMI (In the case of Sablan he said he would tell the foreign workers who do not have a U.S. citizen immediate relative to "go home") then they should:

1. Ensure that employers who committed wage theft are prosecuted and victims are paid back all the money that is owed to them or otherwise made whole;

2. Push for green cards so that the legal, long-term foreign workers are finally freed, and if unemployed, they can relocate to the U.S. mainland to find work.

Show some humanity and justice. People should not be treated like commodities or yesterday's trash.