Inflated or Just Good Business?

November 28, 2011

Say you own a small hotel on Saipan. For 25 years you have had a front desk clerk who speaks fluent Tagalog, English, Japanese and Chinese. She is a foreign worker from the Philippines. Your clerk is the first one to arrive every day and the last one to leave every evening. She been sick only a few times in the 25 years that she has been with you. She is personable, friendly and remembers the guests' names. In fact, you are sure that she plays a part in some of the guests returning year after year. She knows not just her job, but every job in the hotel. She has made some suggestions that have improved the business. She is reliable, dependable and more than just an employee; she is like a family member.

The federal guest worker program kicks in. U.S. citizens can apply for her position that you must advertise. Your advertisement lists all of the qualifications that your current foreign worker possesses, because you do not want less in a front desk clerk. A couple U.S. citizens apply, but they don't even possess 1/10 of the professional qualities that your current foreign worker has. You complete the paperwork to keep her because she is the only one that met your requirements.

Some CNMI politicians and officials are angry because they claim that you inflated the experience that applicants must have to qualify for the position. You feel that you are not "inflating" the experience.  As an astute business owner, you do not want to fire your best employee to hire a less qualified and less experienced one just because he/she is a U.S. citizen. Your ad reflected her experience and qualifications because you know what the ingredients for a successful business have been.

Who decides what is "inflated" qualifications? Who can dictate what qualifications a business owner can advertise? Isn't it every employer's right to create their own ad that reflect their particular business needs?

I guess it is easy to tell business owners who they should hire and what their ads should look like when your money and your company's reputation are not on the line. It must be easy to make allegations that employers are inflating job qualifications, but it seems that an employer who has employed someone for years, even decades, has the right to keep that person or at least advertise for one who has their experience, skills and talent.

After decades of bringing in foreign workers to fill jobs that U.S. citizens did not want or lacked the skills to do, it seems unreasonable to expect that business will fire all of their loyal and talented employees just to hire a U.S. citizen who is less qualified.

The Marianas Variety quoted Congressman Sablan:
Sablan said there is a business establishment on island that sells products he loves, but he refuses to spend a dime there because it has not been hiring U.S. workers for positions that are now available.

He declined to identify this establishment.

“If they want to invest in the future of their businesses then they should invest in U.S. eligible workers because eventually we will have no eligible [foreign] workers [soon],” he said.

Sablan at the same time said he does not expect USCIS to approve 22,000 CW visas in light of the declining local economy.

“That is something that I need to discuss further with the Department of Homeland Security. Because [the number of foreign workers] needs to zero out gradually. Our understanding is that there may be a continuous need for some foreign workers but obviously we also need to start encouraging the employment of U.S eligible workers here,” he said.
Advocates expected the number of foreign workers to go to zero in 2011 because we expected that the U.S. Congress would act on the DOI Report in 2010 and grant permanent residency status to all of the legal, long-term foreign workers.  That was the plan that some officials suggested. It would have allowed the unemployed foreign workers (and even some with jobs) the freedom to leave to the United States to seek employment. That is the plan that would have opened jobs for U.S. citizens. It still can be if we can find a champion to introduce the legislation. And yes, I believe such a bill would pass. We are not talking about 11M undocumented aliens, but 16,000 legal, long-term foreign workers. The only obstacle is the refusal of the Delegate to endorse the legislation.

Today I found a like-minded person who responded to this issue. "The Watcher" left several honest comments on the Marianas Variety website:

You make it sound so simple. We are not talking about businesses bringing in "new" foreign workers. You are muddying the water and trying to skirt the issue. We are talking about workers who have been on Saipan for 20 years, sometimes working with the same company.

Aside from their institutional knowledge of the company they work with, is it so hard for you to believe that the company owners, other co-workers may have come to depend on that person and even more than than come to love that person as you would any employee that has worked with you for so long?

You are married to a person who as once not a US Citizens so is the Governor and many others (including the teacher). How can you rationalize such double standards. Is it that only "you" can love a person and allow them to stay in the CNMI but no one else (especially a business) can not?

These are people not just UNITS OF DAMN LABOR!!! Kilili, what about your tales of the 20+ year worker that lived next to you that you spoke of when you were on the campaign trail!
And this one:
Where was all this "US Citizen only hiring" over the past 30 years while the CNMI was in full control over immigration and labor?

Where was the fight against bringing in tens of thousands of foreign workers?

That's right, at the time CNMI officials were reaping the benefits of the locally controlled immigration system. They were collecting the full fees, taking the under the table fees, or using the power they held over foreign workers to their advantage.

What is different now? The US has the control and the CNMI no longer has it. So what is the Governor and Kilili's plan now? "No need for foreign workers and send the long term workers home!"

CNMI officials got fat off the fees paid by foreign workers and the services rendered by them. All fine and dandy when they were holding the leash. So sickening!!!!
And this one:
How long must one person reside in a place for that place to become their home? I met many people who live in Saipan and have resided there for more than half of their life. Is it far fetched to believe that they now consider Saipan "home"?

What we can DO as a community is support permanent residency status and a pathway to citizenship for long term workers. What we can DO is oppose the racist statements and inhumane treatment that is being promoted by Fitial and Kilili! What we can DO is speak out and act out against it!

Not collect back wages and send them to a place that they NO LONGER CONSIDER home!
Watcher, who are you?  I agree with you 100%.


Anonymous said...

"Sablan said there is a business establishment on island that sells products he loves, but he refuses to spend a dime there because it has not been hiring U.S. workers for positions that are now available."

Hmmm, boycott businesses that don't hire U.S. Kilili? My respect-meter for you is on zero now. You and Fitial will drive this economy into the ground. The two of you are competing to see whose sound bites can get the most votes. Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

While you have a good point in regards to many business. Best the business in these cases apply for a Green card for these workers so they do not have to worry about losing them.
There may be some legal condition that may be imposed such as a contract for so many years to insure they do not leave along with monetary damages if they do. Don't know.
The Immigration only requires gainfully employed and does not state any length of time.

Most cases a US Cit. will not apply for any of these jobs for the pay. (at this time)
The only reason that one would apply would be for a young worker entry level or maybe one that left the Govt.

I can see a possible big problem that will eventually rear it's ugly head.
That is, what will an employer do after they hire a US worker and after a few weeks or months this worker does not work out? Most time workers are put on a 90 day probation.
Many workers will only take a job until they can get into the Govt.
Many others will not show up, or when they do will not do anything and are useless.
The problem that I foresee will be, where will the employer get a replacement for this original worker he replaced with a US worker?
He will be dependent on any US worker that applies.
He will not be able to find any CW as they will all be gone or out of status and can't be hired or are not allowed to work because of other pending paperwork.
This will be repeated all over again next year.

the teacher said...

In the example given, the girl at the front desk is vital and critical to the hotel and one reason for a guest worker program is to assist the US citizen owned business. So in the current CW program the hotel can and should keep that critical employee so gifted in linguistics.

But every person that lives here knows that is not usually the case. The CNMI labor program started and fostered the bogus ads years ago. The only story that stands the test of time is the truth and to think half these ads are legitimate is laughable, and every person here over 12 knows it.

A local doctor here wrote a similiar story about his employee at his local clinic. He said the worker was vital to his business. So that case is closed, as he runs a very important medical practice in the NMI and his word alone should suffice, but he is more the exception than the norm.

Some want to keep "their" 5. an hour accountant and 3.82 per hour certified teacher with ten years experience too, but to me, that is the definition of labor abuse.

Anonymous said...

Very cute Wendy, MV, you, and I know who the watcher is.

Most respect your commitment to this case, but commenting on MV and quoting yourself because no one else supports your opinion on your own blog will not help any worker, so don't kid yourself.

There are no citizens in the CNMI that believe unemployed workers, especially the chronically out of work and self employed have a right to remain in the CNMI. Spin it any way and that won't change.

Anonymous said...

First of all, in regards to the example of the hotel owner, if that front desk clerk is STILL a front desk clerk after 25 years and all the good job she has done hasn't moved her up the ladder, I would suggest that she go to another hotel and seek a BETTER job that can be offered to her! Just saying...

I'm a little split on the whole immigration issue, but I think that because of our failing economy, we as US citizens should be able to hold the position of a CW even without prior experience, because that is what an entry level position is, you learn as you go and I believe that ANY US citizen can be just as good as a CW or even better when it comes to working. All it takes is determination on that persons part. And with how many people are suffering, I would think that they wouldn't care what job they can get as long as it is a job where they can earn money to feed their families.

And as for Kilili not going to an establishment because it hasn't hired US citizens, then that is his right. Remember, he is not only helping the US Citizens (the people that he works for) but also the CWs. He has pushed for the extension of 4 groups of people when there wasn't anything for them to fall back on.

And being a person who has left her home to look for greener pastures, my HOME is SAIPAN and it will FOREVER be SAIPAN, Hawaii or the Mainland is just a TEMPORARY PLACE of RESIDENCE for me. I left my home for the sole purpose of providing for my family because back home, I was making $5.05 working for the Gov't and I STILL didn't qualify for Food Stamps or Medicaid (as I was told) with 3 kids (prior to getting married).

So yes, I am thankful that the US Citizens can now have the opportunity to hold a job so that they can provide for their family. Now I feel for the CW's but just remember, they went to the CNMI to WORK. Plus, many of them have families back in PI or where they are from, but also manage to start a family in the CNMI. Forgive me, but I find that to be wrong.

Wendy Doromal said...

11:47 I understand the power of boycott and the principle of the boycott. My husband and I have boycotted businesses where there has been labor abuse and nonpayment of wages when I lived in the CNMI. I personally would not boycott a business because of the nationality of an employee. Maybe we should ask the Delegate if he also boycotts those businesses that abuse their workers or practice wage theft. Or ask the owner why they didn't hire a U.S. citizen. Did he/she need to keep the experienced, loyal foreign workers because they were a great team that helped the business succeed? It is asking a lot to ask business owners to fire dependable and experienced workers and take a chance on a new one.

12:43 I do not believe that business owners can apply for green cards for their workers unless they are an HB-1 worker and after three years. I am pretty sure CW visa holders cannot be petitioned by their employers for permanent residency. I could be wrong. I would have to check this. Does anyone know?

2:10 Teacher The minimum wage is so horrible in the CNMI because the politicians kept it low. That is why the CNMI hired Abramoff -to keep that wage low so the powerful businesses could fill their pockets. It has turned out bad for everyone. That is why people like Reps. Congressman Miller, Hilda Solis and John Spratt introduced the Human Dignity Act in 2006. No one really cared when it was only the foreign workers that filled the low paying jobs. Now that the economy has crashed and the U.S. citizens need private sector jobs, maybe these same leaders will now support increases in the minimum wage.

3:23 Of course, I am not Watcher. Call Zaldy and ask him. I am sure he could verify that just as I verified your location and IP identification. I have more integrity (and too little time) to do what you libelously suggest. If no one in the world supported my stand I would STILL be standing up and shouting it to the world. It is good to know that there are others who not just share my position (I have spoken to some who do, but do not or cannot speak out because of their jobs), but are now speaking out too. THANK YOU WATCHER! As for you, keep hiding behind that anonymous label when you make comments like that or someone could slap you with a lawsuit.

5:39 There are numerous foreign workers who have kept their same jobs for decades. You do not know how much these people earn, but it is a secure job that has allowed them to support their families. I think it is sad that the CNMI wanted the foreign workers, brought them in renewed them, paid them horrible wages (or NO wages) and then wants them to just accept that after decades living and working in the CNMI now someone needs their job so just leave. Cruel at the very least. All members of Congress represent ALL people in their districts whether they are U.S. citizens or not. In fact, the foreign workers are disenfranchised because the politicians want them to be! There is a difference between someone going somewhere to work and staying a year or two and someone going abroad to work and staying for more than half of their life. That is their job and their home!

Anonymous said...

I will do exactly the SAME as what THEY (?) are doing.(1) Work only few days/pay period because less income means more food stamps.(2)Won't mind loosing my job because when I applied for a job, me first before any other else regardless of qualifications, I won't go to college because I can land a Gov. job when I finished High School with high salary and many benefits. Oh maybe (People Concern)DON'T Know about THESE. (Really)?

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:30PM
"First of all, in regards to the example of the hotel owner, if that front desk clerk is STILL a front desk clerk after 25 years and all the good job she has done hasn't moved her up the ladder, I would suggest that she go to another hotel and seek a BETTER job that can be offered to her! Just saying..."
First and foremost,majority of us CW, when we love our work, our employers love & respect us,we can't just be blinded by the rate alone. We will stay by our employer's side thru thick & thin. That's how we show our GRATITUDE. We are loyal and dedicated, that you can hardly see from ___l workers.

Anonymous said...

USCIS will be investigating JVA's which had inflated requirements. The individual that has the CW-1 for that position will be revoked and a new JVA will be required. Legal action may or may not be taken directly against the business owner. The USCIS is in the process of building the JVA/CW1 database. Employers will soon be contacted for evidence of the announcement of the JVA and the content of each. Additionally, the employer is required to provide any documentation on any U.S. Citizen applications and the reason they were denied/not qualified.
USCIS made it very clear that there would be investagations on JVA's and false or inflated requirements. Once you are in the spotlight of USCIS, you can not get out of it. Although I can not reveal my source of information, I can assure you it is coming from a reliable source.

Anonymous said...

3:23 What an arrogant ahole you are. I'm not Watcher and I agree with Wendy's position. I know at least 30 others I could rattle off the top of my head who agree with her also. You think everyone will toss principles to the wind and trample justice to back Kilili? Guess again. Right is right. Kilili is wrong on this and his sucky bill.

Anonymous said...

3:51 I can name over a hundred folks that support Wendy's stand. Start with Angelo Villagomez. If you include the OCWs left out of HR 1466 then add on another 10,000 to 12,000.

Green Cards for All! said...

You make an excellent point about the rights and abilities of small businesses to act in their own best interests in establishing the hiring (and salary) qualifications of their employees.

This is a refreshing change from a seeming anti-business tone prevalent in many of your comments.

In one respect, however, you are going too easy on the businesses. It is businesses (the bad ones, that is, many of then run by foreigners victimizing their compatriots or other aliens) who owe the back wages to our hard-working CWs. Not the federal government, and not the CNMI. Unfortunately, most of these evil-doers or poor businessmen are out of business and long gone. This happens all over the world.

I do disagree with one sentence of your post:

“The only obstacle is the refusal of the Delegate to endorse the legislation.”

This is not the only obstacle. The greatest obstacle is that in these very tough economic times, the CNMI community is overwhelmingly opposed to a blanket amnesty for so many unemployed CWs, no matter how hard-working, how diligent, and how contributory to the CNMI's success they may have been for many, many years.

The economy just does not support it. The jobs are not there. This is proven by the fact that only less than 3,000 out of 16,000 guest workers were actually petitioned by businesses for CW visas.

Kilili is simply doing what the vast majority of his constitutents want him to do. To change his viewpoint, you need to persuade the legal (not de facto) citizens of the CNMI to make extraordinary personal and fiscal sacrifices to accommodate these unemployed brothers and sisters of ours.

This begs the question, are the long-suffering people of the CNMI in a financial position to do this?

If not, you now see the greatest obstacle. Fitial won't spend any more local money, even to get more food stamps for these contract workers (through their U.S. kids).

Perhaps Kilili should work on getting the feds to pay the CNMI share of the SNAP automation equipment and start-up expenses. Given the problems caused by federalization, that is the least the feds can do.

Pushing for such practical solutions will weaken the economic arguments against showing a little compassion toward our suffering guest worker brothers and sisters.

Anonymous said...

Wendy, this is the answer to one of your question about 12:43. Yes your employer can petition you even without H1B. My employer applied my green card early 2010 but when the result is still unknown and the Nov 27 is approaching, they applied me an H1-B and cameout after 1-2 months (3 months earlier than Nov), then after a month as a holder of H1-B visa the greencard approval follows.

Wendy Doromal said...

7:17 GCFA I understand your points, but to give all legal, long-term foreign workers permanent residency is not amnesty -it would be what they would have gotten if they were in the states working legally for less years. It would be setting them free and allowing them to leave if they don't have a job. It is the only humane solution.

The CNMI and federal governments have labor laws and have turned a blind eye to wage theft and other abuses. They must take responsibility also for non-enforcement of laws. The CNMI government also has renewed business licenses of abusive employers like the Tinian Dynasty.

I have an anti-business tone? Really? I think that I am pro legal business. I am harsh on illegal, scam, cheating the workers businesses.

Anonymous said...

1:26 BRAHAHAHAH USCIS has this much time on their hands? Hysterical. You need to accept that the only burden an employer is to advertise the position and interview all applicants fairly. In the end that employer still owns the business and still can select what candidate he wants if all is equal or if the foreign worker is more qualified. I "can not reveal my source of information" you say? PLEEEEEASSSSSEEE. And please tell us how USCIS will prove that a US citizen was more qualified than one who worked for however many years for a business and knows that business inside and out. Such bs.

Anonymous said...

6:47 add another 1,000 -2,000 OCWS with U.S. Citizen kids,husbands or wifes that stand up for their OCW friends and nationals left off the bill.

Anonymous said...

A big problem that will also pop up again and that is also in the minds of many employers is the non-dependability of "US workers" from past experience.
The constant tardiness showing up to work, extensive "no show" days to work, taking off during the day for personal errands, leaving work early, side runs with company vehicle etc.
The usual culmination of this is that one day the worker just never comes back after a payday.

Although this is not by ALL workers it has been in the past practiced by more than 80%. And this is for workers that were making a couple dollars over the minimum wage plus health insurance.

The search for a worker then starts over again as the replaced CW worker is no longer available.
This is another reason that some employers do not want to waste the time and resources to train anyone.

In the past I had made it clear that reasons for dismissal were; there was no allowable taking off
for personal errands and only three allowable tardiness and missed days of work without a legitimate excuse and a call in was mandated.
This was within a 90 day probationary period.(but still kept in place)
I also held back the first weeks pay (for everybody) you are being paid for the previous week. This would insure that they had to show up to retrieve their last paycheck (personally)and sign a statement that they had abandoned their job so they could not file a labor complaint.
So now what will happen when this situation starts to rear up again and there are fewer (or no)legal workers available for certain jobs?

Anonymous said...

I don't know who the Watcher is, but it's not Wendy. Long Time Resident is Jane Mack.

Green Cards for All! said...

The oft-repeated argument that “anywhere else in the U.S., foreign nationals working this long would have gotten Green Cards already” overlooks a critical distinction:

Nowhere else in the country would foreign nationals working at this skill level be granted lawful admittance on an employment-based visa. Nowhere!

[Those with high skill levels, such as doctors, engineers, or religious ministers are now eligible for employment-based visas and don't need to worry about CW visas.]

So to act like this is an entitlement is carrying advocacy to an untenable extreme that may alienate potential supporters.

The annually renewable contracts carried no promise, assurance, or even implied suggestion of any right to renewal, let alone right to CNMI permananent residence and certainly not U.S. permanent residence.

Attacking the CNMI government, CNMI people, and federal government (Congress and executive branches) is not necessarily the most effective way to obtain what is essentially an act of grace.

I agree with what you say about Dr. Martin King's quotation that to allow injustice for some is still injustice.

But ask for too much and you are likely to get nothing. And what, ultimately, is just?

Frankly, having someone come over here, an unskilled worker, and get a Green Card after only five years seems too generous in comparison to all those waiting 25 to 30 years to get in to the USA via sibling familiy visas, for instance. Why do they get to cut in front of the line? The worst labor abuses occurred a decade or more ago (except on Tinian).

If five years, why not two? Or one (as the USCIS parole seems to allow for those who gave birth prior to 28 November 2011).

Surely you recognize that my “Green Cards for All!” moniker is somewhat whimsical or satirical, akin to a $100 per hour minimum wage. Sure, in an ideal world there might be no limit on who could move where, but what would that do to the sustainability and social stability of the sending nations?

Those in foreign lands are our brothers and sisters, too. Is it fair to skim the cream off the top?

I greatly admire the work you are doing, but given economic reality ($100 minimum wage is impossible now, absent hyper-inflation), compromise is needed.

Who has the stronger equities, those here 5 years or those here 20 years? “Dekada” was a good start. I'd say 12-15 years is reasonable, too. [Too bad Ombudsperson Pamela Sue Brown didn't give us a year-by-year census of how long workers had been here, which would have been meaningful data needed for Congress to fully implement the CNRA.]

Push too hard, or for too much, (or withhold vital data,) and you end up with nothing. It seems that's what's happened now. Maybe a new interim goal is in order.

If the people of the CNMI rally behind a compromise version of H.R. 1466, with our Delegate's endorsement, it will pass. Recall that the CNRA status provision was removed at the insistence of Guam Delegate Bordallo. So we need her on board, too.

Without this popular buy-in, attainable only through a fair compromise without undue generosity, efforts at permanent status are doomed to failure.

Wendy Doromal said...

GCFA Of course I know your moniker is satirical (and somewhat annoying too). Nowhere else on US soil would low paying workers be renewed year after year after year. The legal, long-term (5 or more years) foreign workers have earned permanent residency. I do not believe in compromise where people's lives are concerned. I do not believe in submitting inferior bills because it's the "best we can do." As a teacher I don't accept that excuse. If the "best I could do" isn't good enough, I hand it back until the best is submitted. If someone needs help to do the best, I help. I expect the best from the U.S. Congress. I expect legislation that is just, democratic and reflective of American ideals. The legal, long-term foreign workers of the CNMI deserve no less. HR 1466 must be amended or substituted.

Anonymous said...

11:36 Act of grace? No way. The CNRA calls for the Dept. of Interior to recommend status for all foreign workers. It is a responsibility of the Congress to introduce the legislation for all of the foreign workers, and it is not an act of grace.

the teacher said...

Wise words below "Green cards for all"

"So to act like this is an entitlement is carrying advocacy to an untenable extreme that may alienate potential supporters.

The annually renewable contracts carried no promise, assurance, or even implied suggestion of any right to renewal, let alone right to CNMI permananent residence and certainly not U.S. permanent residence.

Attacking the CNMI government, CNMI people, and federal government (Congress and executive branches) is not necessarily the most effective way to obtain what is essentially an act of grace.

I agree with what you say about Dr. Martin King's quotation that to allow injustice for some is still injustice.

But ask for too much and you are likely to get nothing. And what, ultimately, is just?"

It's not your money! said...

The CNRA only requires that Interior make recommendations to the Congress concerning "whether or not the Congress should consider permitting lawfully admitted guest workers lawfully residing in the Commonwealth on such enactment date to apply for longterm status" under the INA. It does not require the Secretary to "recommend status for all foreign workers." Interior has made its recommendations, and Congress has responded with HR 1466, which is flawed and probably won't pass. Any new bill, or amendments to the old one, should prioritize legally admitted, legally present aliens who possess job skills necessary to the U.S. economy, and those who can establish eligibility for humanitarian reasons on a case-by-case basis. And please, Kilili, drop the CNMI-only residency. Let those given LPR go whenever and wherever they wish, like other Americans can.

Wendy Doromal said...

It's Not Your Money! Right you are, but the CNRA did not say "some foreign workers". I think HR 1466 is extremely flawed. Still working to get it fixed. Will you please help us? We need more voices. . .

TAGLISH said...

Ms. Wendy,

We need your help.

CWs who has been petitioned as H1B before Nov 27 are now confused and in fear.

For some who have not received EAD approval and filed H1B on time, do they really have to stop working until EAD or H1B is approved?
How can we able to meet our day-to-day living?
This is one of the reasons why some companies preferred CWs over H1B, to avoid disruption in business operations.

CWs petitioned under H1B are mostly performing key operational functions.

Until now, we can't get any clarifications on this from USCIS.

Green Cards for All! said...

But nor did the CNRA say "all" contract workers.

At some point, the question must be answered. “What is fair?” Twelve years? Five years? Pre-CNRA enactment (8 May 08)? Pre-F-Day (28 Nov 09)? One year? Proven abuse victims? Workers with unpaid outstanding wage judgments? Case-by-case decisions based on specific criteria?

While God may be infinitely just and infinitely merciful, ultimately all human justice involves making rules and drawing lines. There will always be those to whom the application of rules and lines seems “unfair” or heartbreaking.

But throw away those rules or lines and you have anarchy, the absence of law. (I really do think people should be able to move wherever in the world they wish, but recognize how impractical that would be in this day and age.)

I suspect It's Not Your Money! is a federal employee, in which case his ability to lobby may be somewhat limited.

Sorry for any annoyance caused by my user name. Please consider it in the idealistic sense, just like “Federalization: You asked for it; you got it” could refer to the natural consequences of those who abused contract workers or stole their wages. My slogans are intended to make people think, and be susceptible of multiple meanings.

Wendy Doromal said...

TAGLISH I emailed some federal officials to ask for help. with your question. Can you email me at

Wendy Doromal said...

Teacher and Green Cards for All:

Please read my latest post. I am not accepting excuses. I am not backing down. I don't believe that HR 1466 is "the best that could be written" or the "only bill that a partisan Congress would pass." I don’t buy the rhetoric that pointing out injustice and flaws is “attacking” the governments or officials; that trying to institute reform is bad. If the elected officials do not expect criticism aimed at pushing reform, then they are placing their own egos above the voice of the people who they serve and who pay their salaries. Every American has a responsibility to speak out to improve our conditions, support or oppose policies and laws, and to promote equality and justice. I will never be silenced. I am reorganizing, focusing on bringing more people with power to our side and marching forward. If you want to support justice for some –that is your choice. I support justice for all on an equal basis, which has been stated here and in every report, letter, testimony, or petition that I have ever written since 1991. That position is permanent residency for ALL legal foreign workers who have lived and worked in the CNMI for 5 years.