March 20, 2012
Does anyone else think it is inappropriate for a United States Government agency to use labor abusing businesses as sites for their biometrics information collection? The USCIS will be collecting biometric information on Rota and Tinian at businesses known for cheating foreign workers. I think it is entirely inappropriate that the sites the USCIS selected as bases for their mobile teams are businesses where foreign employees have routinely been victims of labor abuses.
The Rota Resort and Country Club routinely made their foreign employees pay for their own physicals and permits if they sought renewal under the CNMI labor system. Employees reported being told that if they didn't pay for their own permits and physicals they "would not be renewed". Hundreds were cheated by this employer.
The Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino is a well-known labor abuser of foreign employees. The company has stolen hundreds of thousands in wages from the employees over the years.
How were these locations selected? Maybe the federal agency does not know about the Rota Hotel and Country Club, but DHS and USCIS should be well aware of the abuses at the Tinian Dynasty Hotel.
Here is the press release
Beginning next month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be collecting biometrics information on the islands of Rota and Tinian, from people who are seeking an immigration benefit. A USCIS mobile team will process biometrics in Rota from April 2-12; and in Tinian from April 16-May 7.
When USCIS collects a person’s photograph, signature, or fingerprints, this is called biometrics collection. The type of biometrics USCIS collects is decided on a case by case basis.
Individuals on Rota and Tinian will be receiving appointment notices in the coming weeks indicating when and where they must go for their biometrics appointment. Individuals must have an appointment notice in order for USCIS to process their biometric information.
USCIS is the agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that handles immigration benefits. More information can be found at www.uscis.gov/cnmi or by calling (800) 375- 5283.
USCIS Biometrics Collection on Rota and Tinian
Rota – Monday, April 2 to Friday, April 6
Monday, April 9 to Thursday, April 12
Tinian – Monday, April 16 to Friday, April 20
Monday, April 23 to Friday, April 27
Monday, April 30 to Friday, May 4
Monday, May 7
Rota Resort and Country Club
(Conference Room, 1st Floor, Building H5)
Rota, MP 96951
Tinian Dynasty Hotel and CasinoA true slap in the face to the foreign workers and an extremely insensitive action on the part of the USCIS. I certainly hope that these establishments are not receiving compensation for use of their properties.
(the Tinian Room)
Tinian, MP 96952