Governor Fitial Calls Two Filipino Attorneys "Jerks"

November 4, 2011

Governor Fitial needs to read the U.S. Constitution.

In an interview on KSPN 2 News regarding the legal, long-term foreign workers of the CNMI Governor Benigno Fitial stated:
"I don't have any qualms about those people who are legally employed, okay, although they are nonreisdent because they are not a burden. They are contributing their fair share to the community. But you know, I have strong objection to supporting those illegal unemployed people, you know, illegally employed, illegally residing. You know, my term is burden. If you are, you know, in that category, you have no place in Saipan. Don't wait, you know, for Kilili's bill to pass, 'cause it's not going to be passed. The U.S. Congress is not stupid, you know, to carve out a special law for a few people. What about the 14 million illegal aliens that are roaming around the streets of the USA?
The governor ended the interview with a snarky Cheshire Cat smirk. (Watch the KSPN2 News 11/4/11 newscast.)

The governor should be reminded that any foreign worker who has an umbrella permit is not currently illegal.

I would like to ask the governor how he feels about the hundreds of CNMI employers who have illegally stolen wages from thousands of foreign contract workers. He doesn't appear to have a "strong objection" to wage theft. How does this governor feel about those citizens who illegally employ foreign workers, who illegally recruit them, or who are involved in human trafficking schemes. Any harsh words for these serious lawbreakers?

The CNMI governor also had comments about two off-island attorneys who have stepped up to inform the foreign workers of their constitutional rights and rights to due process of law. Speaking about Attorney Loida Nicolas-Lewis and Attorney Teodoro “Ted” Laguatan the governor said:
"Thes two lawyers are all jerks 'cause if they look at the CNRA – that's the statute, that the federalization statute, 110-299, it is very clear Congress wants to weed out all the people that are considered to be burden here in the Commonwealth. So if you are illegally employed or unemployed okay you don't have any business staying here you know because you know you are a burden. So that is very clear. That is not my intention. That's the intention of Congress under 110-229 so if these two jerks are going to continue to jerk nonresident people around, they better get a business license first.
This governor is disrespectful not only to the foreign contract workers, but to the two attorneys who are trying to inform the workers of their rights. The attorneys told the foreign workers who may become out of status on November 27, 2011 that they can stay in the CNMI and have the right to have appear before an immigration court before they can be removed or deported.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fitial is the real jerk. The biggest embarrassment ever voted into office.

Anonymous said...

Look who's talking! Fitial should look at himself at a mirror to see who's the real Jerk!

Anonymous said...

Does anybody really listen to what this illiterate clowns says? Except for a few of his "bought" mafia.This guy is the biggest joke I have ever heard or read about over the years from any place around the world.

Anonymous said...

Hilarious. "Better get a business license." Means: If you want to advise people, even from outside the CNMI, you gotta pay your due in bribes. Might as well be a dog license for all Fitial cares, as long as there's cash in hand. Watch for a bill or executive measure to block or filter internet/TV content coming into the CNMI! This group is really turning us into a laughingstock.

Anonymous said...

Irony:

http://saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=1&newsID=113960

"I hope that they don't forget that they are at U.S. soil and comply with U.S. standards. Don't try to create your own,” Palacios said during Wednesday's job fair sponsored by the CNMI Department of Labor.

Anonymous said...

i stay here 15 yrs,i worked in 3 companies,co'z the 2 that ive worked before were shut down due to the economic crisis,and now this is my 3rd employer,i dont know whats gonna be agein,i chose saipan co'z i love and dreaming about comming to U.S although i have an offer before in japan,but i choose saipan..in 15 yrs of staying here legally, then suddenly they will just wipe us all out,the best thing that ever happened to me here is when i met my wife and got 2 wonderful kids..but theres nothing we can do were just contract workers,thank you saipan for 15 yrs of memories and experience...

Wendy Doromal said...

8:23

Best wishes to you and your family. There will be a gathering at OCCUPY USCIS on Monday November 21, 2011 from 2-6 pm for all of the foreign workers.I hope you can join all of your friends there.

Anonymous said...

What might be more effective than a rally is...

From MV:

#3 the teacher 2011-11-08 08:05

Actually, to quote Yogi Berra, “it ain’t over til it’s over”. The 9th circuit court has an appeal before it concerning time or stay in the US and whether the CNMI is, or should be, included as accrued time in America. Worker advocates have long maintained that it is and should be, as the CNMI has been US soil for over a generation. It may be an effective time to send an amicus brief as a friend of the court regarding that case, to be heard in Guam. I think the case that workers who have resided in the CNMI have been in America has merit, but I’m just a teacher.

Wendy Doromal said...

8:23 I'm just a teacher too and I agree with you.