Markup on HR 1466 Scheduled

October 1, 2011

















A full committee Markup Hearing is scheduled for Wednesday October 5, 2011 at 10:00 am for  HR 1466 and 20 other bills.

I will be submitting written testimony for the record.

41 comments:

Anonymous said...

those who say we need 16000 foreign nationals to keep our economy running here are smoking Stanley's mj. We don't need half of these little stores on every corner selling unregulated goods coming in from china and reselling baby formula they buy from foreign nationals who get it from WIC. The bill will be sent for mark up and no action is going to be taken before spring. they try and push it through in this climate currently in D.C. it is DOA. everyone better be ready to have an exit strategy, believe me the feds do....no legal foreigns need to be worried but come the first of the year there will be a lot of illegal foreign workers and the law is clear as to what they need to do, go on there own or be prepared to be put in deportation proceedings.....it is what it is and the feds won't give them a pass because those who will be illegal hope they can get something someday... if they are out of status come December they are ineligible to adjust to any current status under the INA and wishing it was something else dosen't matter to the Feds. This is the big leagues now with no way of special favors or looking the otehr way...feds don't play that........

Anonymous said...

The US is heading for an imminent double dip recession which could raise unemployment to 15% or even 30% nationwide. Immigration reform is not even on the table right now Wendy. The US is broke and cannot afford to feed any more unemployed workers. It's that simple. This is just bad timing Wendy. The Juan Babauta Administration and AG Brown were successful in stopping Federal takeover, if they had let the Feds takeover things might be different. Just bad timing.

Anonymous said...

Ms.wendy/congress man sablan.
i request you to please add all long time alien workers who has no children must be include for fairness.CW status will abuse/discriminate them,its starting already.give them good life they will support your economy because they are hard worker.thank you for your support.

Wendy Doromal said...

12:21

You said, The US is heading for an imminent double dip recession which could raise unemployment to 15% or even 30% nationwide. Immigration reform is not even on the table right now Wendy. The US is broke and cannot afford to feed any more unemployed workers. It's that simple. This is just bad timing Wendy. The Juan Babauta Administration and AG Brown were successful in stopping Federal takeover, if they had let the Feds takeover things might be different. Just bad timing.

Immigration is on the table in the U.S. right now. A bill was introduced in the Senate just this summer and there is talk of re-introducing the DREAM Act. Kilili should make sure that the legal foreign workers in the CNMI are included in any of those bills that he typically co-sponsors. He does NOT want justice and fairness for the legal, long-term foreign workers. He wants to be maintain the system closest to the stinking CNMI one (disenfranchisement and travel restrictions, two-tiered society, non-enforcement of laws, etc.) )and he wants to get re-elected.

The U.S. is not feeding any unemployed workers in the CNMI. They do NOT qualify for food stamps. But you are right, there is too little federal money right now to waste. Too little to keep pouring into the CNMI to be wasted and abused by corrupt officials. Too little to share so much with people who do not pay federal taxes, attack the federal government and don't enforce laws. Too little to share with people who don't appreciate it. I oppose giving excess federal funds to the CNMI until they pay back all the money that was misused and until they contribute their fair share of federal taxes.

About timing -we can "if" this to death. IF we had a humane member of Congress who acted immediately on the DOI Report in May 2010 and introduced legislation for all legal foreign workers to get permanent residency, IF Fital hadn't filed his lawsuit. IF the foreign workers were appreciated and valued as contributing citizens rather than treated as an underclass and disposable labor units. IF America was really the great, supporter of human rights that the country claims to be. IF the laws had been enforced to prosecute the criminal employers who stole wages. IF, IF , IF. We need to deal when now and reality. There is nothing stopping any humane member of Congress from introducing the only fair and just bill.

Wendy Doromal said...

10:33 If the Morton memo is not respected in the CNMI and if any foreign workers who are not criminals are deported there will be hell to pay. I personally will see to it.

Enough with the double standards. They must end. There cannot be one set of rules for the undocumented aliens in the US mainland and another harsher and inhumane set of rules for the legal aliens in the CNMI. PL 110-229 was written to bring the CNMI into conformity with US laws, to make 1 hundred "special circumstances" to stick it to the foreign workers and continue the inhumane CNMI labor system.

Anonymous said...

i understand frustration, no where does any memo say that the only people who can be deported are criminals, you need to understand that talks about priorities not those are the only ones who can be deported. no where does it say in a memo or law that only criminals are eligible for deportation hearings. read it, these memos come out all the time and until a bill is voted on and becomes a law the are sworn to uphold the ones on the books........once dhs deals with the criminal foreigners in the cnmi they are not going to sit around on their hands while they know where thousands of lower priority yet still illegals are. The US citizen taxpayers who pay the dhs budget and the us congress wouldn't allow it. the law is the law whether some want it enforced or not dhs took an oath to uphold it. change the law and then we will see............

Wendy Doromal said...

No, you understand. You read. Read this:The memorandum on prosecutorial discretion recently issued by ICE Director John Morton is hardly a substitute for a full fix to our broken immigration system. That’s Congress’s job. But once implemented, the memo will allow ICE agents and trial attorneys to focus limited law enforcement resources on dangerous criminals and terrorists instead of hardworking immigrants caught in the web of our dysfunctional immigration system. While the memo is far from perfect, advocates should see it as a good faith attempt by Morton to implement smart immigration enforcement.

Read this: The Morton Memo and Prosecurtorial Discretion, An Overview

Overall, the significance of the memo is that good people who were called to contribute to our country should be treated humanely and they are not criminals. Until Congress can get it together and pass legislation to overhaul the broken immigration system, this is intended to be followed. I am watching.

Wendy Doromal said...

7:50 You said, " The US citizen taxpayers who pay the dhs budget and the us congress wouldn't allow it. I am a US taxpayer and I want the Morton memo followed in the CNMI and in the U.S.

Anonymous said...

i have read it and consulted with folks in DC, it is about prioties and not do not put these others in deportion hearings at all doesn't say it and never will it would violate laws.....thats why the stopped talking about it almost got themselves in a heap of trouble i am hearing......either way hows it working out stateside? check with laraza and aila and all the others where dhs has plenty of criminals to go after still putting noncriminals in deportation hearings aint they??? it is a feel good attempt to get votes.....the law is still being enforced on the mainlandand it will be in the cnmi if not GAO and congress will hammer dhs......i think they have more stroke than Rabby and Dakota

Wendy Doromal said...

5:59 I am going to Washington to try to find some members of Congress to introduce legislation that would provide justice for all of the legal, long-term foreign workers. HR 1466 is discriminatory and un-American. It is truly a shameful bill. For 40 years I have been a registered Democrat and have devoted entire summers to campaigning for candidates. I have financially supported the party (Okay so it's not much on a teacher's salary, but it has been a sacrifice). Next week before I leave for DC I am registering as an Independent. I will not be affiliated with a party that would support undemocratic and un-American legislation like HR 1466.

Anonymous said...

i dont always agree with you but i understand your frustraion and admire your passion to a cause you believe in. i am glad you realize that either party is about theparty they have no allegiance to the voter nor should we to them blindly.....

Anonymous said...

I may not agree with you all the time, Wendy, but you have been sincerely dedicated to the interests of the OCWs for over 20 years. I admire your sacrifice and commitment. You are a truly principled person. Good luck in Washington, DC. With your background and knowledge on the issues, I hope they will listen to you. Also, I heard you will be going to law school? You will make a fine lawyer! Best wishes and much success on your endeavors.

Wendy Doromal said...

9:45 and 9:50 Thank you for the comments. I am studying for the LSAT and plan to apply to law school. I can only enroll if I can get scholarships (poor). I would like to be a civil rights attorney, pass the bar and be able to establish a nonprofit or take on pro bono cases with an established firm. I retire from teaching soon and want to be effective in my human rights work. The poor in the U.S. do not have the same opportunities to pursue criminal or vicil acts against them. That is wrong.

Anonymous said...

Hi Wendy: I agree with you 99.9% of the time and I am only one among many who do. You stand for what is right and are immoveable in your principles, which is a rare trait in today's world. I too wish you much luck in DC and on your career goals. The world will be better for having your voice in DC and for having you as an attorney.

Wendy Doromal said...

10:18

Thank you for your support and kind words.

(oops - I see I made a dyslexic typo in my comment above. It should read civil not vicil. )

Anonymous said...

Good luck in Washington Mom Wendy and Rabby. Some worker leaders supports themselfs and forget us. You supports all the OCWs. May God help you to success.

Anonymous said...

An estimated 8000 unemployed CW and you want to give them improved status?? To do what??? How will they support themselves legally. Leech off the Govt and people that do work. How does this make sense to anyone.

Anonymous said...

Noni 6:54

You don't know who is and who is not employed or how many. There's no data on that. OCWs don't qualify for government aid and they are not leeches. Most people here on food stamps are locals. If there are any OCWs that don't have jobs and they have a green card they can open their own businesses or they can go to the states and get a job. You are the person who makes no sense!

Anonymous said...

People make history.Only bad policy hurts people.

Anonymous said...

Listen up US Citizens!

If you apply for a job and the employer is advertising minimum wage and not prevailing wage sue them in Federal court. Sue Federal officials personally if you don't get your job. They promised enforcement and they MUST enforce Federal policy regarding prevailing wage. $5.05/hr is NOT an attempt to hire US Citizens. This will fly in Federal court! If you apply for an advertised position held by a Filipino with a "degree" and you have a legit US degree sue them in Federal court if you don't get the job. You will win. Again, name Federal officials as defendants as well. You can probably throw in the Ombuds as well for not doing everything humanly possible to help YOU secure a paying job. Remember that the UCIS is here to help YOU not foreigners.

Wendy Doromal said...

10:54

Are you for real? The role of the ombudsman and the USCIS is not to get anyone a job.

human said...

Wendy,dont stop helping people who are in need,you have a good heart always touched by god,thank you so much for your support and kindness,a true american..

Anonymous said...

USCIS has a duty to US Citizens Wendy. Their duty is to make sure by Federal enforcement that US CITIZENS are give every opportunity to secure a job. They have a duty to enforce the regulations. If an American applies for a job at Mobil and does not get the position they should sue the USCIS in Federal court. There are legal steps needed like documentation, interview notes, etc. Every ad for professional services offering minimum wage is illegal and is not an attempt to hire a US Citizen Wendy. If you do not get your job sue. Sue them and sue them big. Open and shut case. I anticipate thousands of lawsuits within a year.

Wendy Doromal said...

11:29 Anonymous

Here is the Mission of USCIS:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States.

Mission Statement
USCIS will secure America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.

We are the 18,000 government employees and contractors of USCIS working at 250 offices across the world. Achieving our goals becomes possible when the different elements of our organization are engaged and acting as partners working toward a common outcome. USCIS’ strategic goals include:

Strengthening the security and integrity of the immigration system.

Providing effective customer-oriented immigration benefit and information services.

Supporting immigrants’ integration and participation in American civic culture.

Promoting flexible and sound immigration policies and programs.

Strengthening the infrastructure supporting the USCIS mission.

Operating as a high-performance organization that promotes a highly talented workforce and a dynamic work culture.

Good luck finding an attorney who will sue the USCIS and Ombudsman because a US citizen did not qualify for a job.

Oh, and please no more comments here. You are putting out incorrect information.

Anonymous said...

Wendy I agree with USCIS above mission statement. You are however confusing to completely different things. First, the CWs here are NOT immigrants. The USCIS mission here in the CNMI is to enforce the new immigration laws. These are: to give every possible employment opportunity to US Citizens. Two, to enforce said regulations. Just like they have said: THERE WILL BE NO GREEN CARDS. You underestimate Americans who are way more qualified than their CW counterpart. If a qualified American applies for a job held by a CW and does not get it, they need to file a complaint with the USCIS. If the USCIS does not promptly enforce Federal law then they are open to a lawsuit. You can ignore these facts all you want but the Fed regs are not going anywhere.

Anonymous said...

Wendy is correct that uscis and ombudsman do not investigate the employers who fail to hire us citizens over foreign workers. the following info is about the USDOJ special counsel who will investigate those issues and can be found through the us department of labor website....

"Complaints alleging failure to offer employment to an equally or better qualified U.S. applicant or an employer's misrepresentation regarding such offers of employment may be filed with the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530," .........

the dol site includes the direct phone number and fax to the OSC for immigration related unfair employment practices.

Anonymous said...

In other words, the USCIS has reps here to help non US Citizens and NOT US Citizens? This doesn't add up. A US Citizen must file a complaint to someone in the US? Why isn't there a rep from USDOJ out here to assist?

Anonymous said...

Ms.wendy did u meet mr.rabby syed ? i hope you guys.please carry torch by our spirit.god bless.

Wendy Doromal said...

1:10 We are preparing for the appointments we have next week in Washington, DC. Thank you for your message. We will bring your message to Washington.

Anonymous said...

If USCIS is out here what is the purpose of the Federal taxpayer funded Ombudsman office? Deanne and Howard should be asking this question in DC.

Wendy Doromal said...

1:22

You don't know that the ombudsman office has an entirely mission than USCIS? Really?

Actually, what should be asked is how much money do Willens and Siemer currently earn from the CNMI government, and what exactly do they do in Washington. Also, what other lobbyists does Fitial have on his payroll at the moment? What happened to the Ada ARRA case? What happened to the Buckingham cases? Why didn't Fitial ever reveal Siemer's invoice amounts from the OGA request? Those are real questions that have remained unanswered.

Anonymous said...

The CWs in the CNMI are NOT immigrants. So the purpose of the USCIS is to handle immigrants who wish to emigrate to the CNMI then onto the US?

Anonymous said...

cq break/cq break/cq break! Noni 10.04-2:53/10.05-1:22/10.05-2:42
This is earth calling, this is earth calling, can you hear us? maybe you'll need to re-tune your radio- it sounds like a bit off frequency- are you on the same frequency with us?

Anonymous said...

Five people are in the back of a pickup about to go over the cliff. One is a child. You are there with a rope. You know that if you throw the rope trying to capture the entire five, it won't work and everyone will die. You know if you throw the rope and catch the child, she will live. What do you do? I don't think you're being all that fair to Kilili.

Wendy Doromal said...

You said: Five people are in the back of a pickup about to go over the cliff. One is a child. You are there with a rope. You know that if you throw the rope trying to capture the entire five, it won't work and everyone will die. You know if you throw the rope and catch the child, she will live. What do you do? I don't think you're being all that fair to Kilili.


Your analogy is not applicable to this situation because EVERY SINGLE LEGAL FOREIGN WORKER COULD BE INCLUDED AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN THE LEGISLATION. Kilili did not truly follow the intent of PL 110—229, which was for the US Congress to respond to the DOI Report with a proposal for status for ALL OF THE LEGAL, LONG-TERM FOREIGN WORKERS –not some, not just future voters or their U.S. citizen relatives, but ALL of them. He absolutely could have introduced such legislation. Such legislation would have been backed by the full committee and by his pals in Congressional caucuses because it is tradition to defer to the territory delegates. He absolutely could propose amending HR 1466 to be a fairer bill.

Why should he? He has the backing of some worker “leaders” who appear to be more interested in saving themselves and their own families than in representing the best interests of ALL of the workers. They are supporting the un-American bill rather than standing united in calling for it to be amended to include their fellow equally deserving foreign workers who do not have U.S. citizen relatives to be included. (Or even more deserving foreign workers who have been in the CNMI more years than many of the 4,000 with US citizen relatives, but were unjustly left out of the bill.) What would these leaders say if they were not among the 4,000 included in the bill? If they had foreign-born children who are not protected? If they were single? If they were gay? What do they say to these 12,000 people who are in these categories? The line about "saving children and families" is just not true. What about the foreign born children who are not included in this bill! What about those families?

HR 1466 is not about saving children or keeping families together. It is about pushing a political agenda by using the line that it is about saving families and children. The bottom line is that Kilili fears that being fair to ALL would cost him a re-election. He fears that the local people want to keep their political power and maintain the evil two-tiered society with a disenfranchised underclass that will continue to be ill-treated with a wink and nod from the U.S. This bill accomplishes just that.

Not being fair to Kilili? Kilili is not being fair to ALL of the legal, long-term foreign workers. I have advocated for ALL of the legal, long-term foreign workers for decades, and when it comes down to compromising I have compromised. I supported HR 110-229 even though it lacked the provision for permanent residency status that I lobbied tirelessly for. I believed the promise that a bill would be introduced to accomplish that goal. However, HR 1466 is absolutely too un-American, too un-democratic and too discriminatory to support. It contains provisions that run counter to the very principles upon which our country was founded. I will not support HR 1466 unless it is changed to include EVERY legal, long-term foreign worker and provides for permanent residency status OR unless it is changed to include ALL legal, long-term foreign workers, to protect all children regardless of their birthplace and to protect all families whether they have a U.S. citizen family member or not.

Anonymous said...

Ms. Wendy incase kilili's bill becomes a law,is the parents of U.S. Citizen children born beyond may 8 ,2008 likewise qualified under the 1466 law?

Wendy Doromal said...

1:12
I do not believe so. According to the bill the alien has to have been an immediate relative as of May 8, 2008. If an alien got married after May 8, 2008 or gave birth to a U.S. citizen after May 8, 2008, I do not believe that he/she does not qualify.

Green Cards for All! said...

No, this law does not grant any status at all to parents of children born in the CNMI after 8 May 2008.

Essentially, all it does is "speed up" the status of those with children born on or before that date, keeping them here in the CNMI until they would otherwise be eligible to be petitioned by their oldest child.

Thus, this law is CNMI-specific, with its effects largely confined to the CNMI. That is why it passed the Committee unanimously.

Expanded proposals, such as those advocated on this blog, would not have such a benign impact elsewhere in our nation. That is why Del. Madeleine Z. Bordallo and former Rep. (now Governor) Abercrombie have fought so strenuously against Green Cards for CNMI guest workers with over 5 years here.

Why would Guam and Hawaii want more competition, hurting the poorest of their poor? It goes against every fibre of progressive, labor-oriented social policy. It would be an outrage against those good, hard-working American citizens in GU and HI who have not had the same opportunities for advancement enjoyed by those abroad who were able to take advantage of the CNMI's generous social mobility and employment opportunity, while they suffered under more progressive (i.e., liberal or socialist) societies.

Until you can convince Del. Bordallo and the Hawaii delegations to put aside their "progressive" values, the widespread grant of immigrant status to CNMI non-immigrants will never happen, period.

If this change is granted, then why not those born after 8 May 2008? There is no limiting this principle.

Free, unlimited world migration will not happen within this generation.

Anonymous said...

2:02 Why would foreign workers go to Hawaii or Guam?

Anonymous said...

@ GCFA

You nailed it. Punish American workers the liberals say!

Anonymous said...

My analogy was applicable, because Kilili honestly believes the Congress will never seriously entertain improved status for everyone. He's fairly positive they will for US citizen's parents and relatives.