Push to Maintain the Status Quo

March 19, 2012

All the CNMI can offer to the legal, long-term foreign workers is crumbs. "Stay and keep our economy afloat and we'll let you remain as a disenfranchised underclass that we can cheat, take money from in taxes and fees and oppress."  No permanent residency, no pathway to citizenship, no voice –just more crumbs.

The Saipan Tribune reported that the CNMI legislators would again push to keep foreign workers who have been in the CNMI 10 or more years in a degrading FAS-type status that would allow them to work, but deny them of other rights and freedoms, including the right to vote and serve and juries. No pathway to citizenship, but an insulting classification not even listed in the INA that would basically chain the foreign workers to one location on U.S. soil, that being the the CNMI.

One would imagine that a foreign worker who has been in  the CNMI for years and decades would toss the crumbs right back at them. But not in the CNMI. There are foreign workers who would sacrifice their dignity, their futures and their freedom to be able to work in a place where they have been routinely cheated, discriminated and forced to live as second-class citizens. It is extremely sad.

The same members of the U.S. Congress who offer only 1/4 of the estimated 11, 000 to 12, 000 legal foreign workers crumbs are offering a full plate to the 11 million undocumented aliens in the U.S. mainland. One has to wonder why the CNMI foreign workers are not united in demanding their due -their back wages that were stolen and permanent residency with a pathway to citizenship.

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are correct to a point. There are too many illegal workers in the U.S. Mainland. The law is the law. Deport them immediately.