January 8, 2011
No federally funded program can have discriminatory requirements or practices towards clients. The CNMI NAP Office is requiring alien parents of U.S. citizen children to produce a document that they may not possess. They may have other documents of verification that could be used.
Is the practice an attempt to discriminate? It appears so. The Attorney General indicated that he wanted "local" people to be first in line for social services programs. He stated:
"Unemployed aliens crowd the food stamp rolls and when ceilings are reached, local U.S. citizens cannot receive aid as no new recipients can be added to the rolls. Distressed aliens who have been abused in illegal work situations, often by foreign employers, seek help. Private social service organizations run out of resources and are not available to assist local U.S. citizens."Unemployed aliens may have been granted humanitarian or other parole and have a legal presence in the CNMI. U.S. citizen children who are eligible for food stamps should receive them regardless of the race, nationality or status of the parents. The USDA needs to read the AG's statement and understand the entire process of the permits to ensure that no discrimination is taking place. I believe that it is and I do not want my tax dollars funding a discriminatory office.