SHUT THE F (ITIAL) UP!

March 11, 2012

Why does the Governor of the CNMI think that he can decide which nonresidents in the CNMI are legal or illegal? He claims that those foreign resident workers who were granted humanitarian parole should be considered illegal. This is not his call. It is up to the DHS, USCIS and immigration courts to decide status.

The governor spent several weeks in the U.S. mainland talking to officials and trying to convince some to give him the authority to deport illegals. He claims that there are now over 9,000 "illegals" in the CNMI who are not paying taxes and working illegally.

The governor was quoted as saying, "I told them that if you cannot deport overstayers, give me the authority to do so because I am very good in deporting overstayers.”

He is "very good" at deporting overstayers? He was very good at authorizing the CNMI Department of Labor to deport foreign workers who  wanted to stay in the CNMI to pursue efforts made to collect thousands of dollars of back bay that their criminal-thief employers stole from them. I certainly would not call that "good" –maybe evil, unjust, deceitful, immoral, corrupt, but not "good".

I wonder if the governor also told the officials that the CNMI is illegally withholding tax refunds and U.S. stimulus checks from many of the foreign workers? (I just heard from one victim a few days ago who is desperate to receive her refund.) Did he tell them that crooked business like the Tinian Hotel and others owe millions in back taxes?

From the Saipan Tribune:
“I told them that if you cannot deport overstayers, give me the authority to do so because I am very good in deporting overstayers,” he said in an interview on Saturday.

He also considers as illegal or overstayers those who could not find an employer to petition them for a Commonwealth-only worker or CW status, and ended up applying for parole with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

“I don't understand what humanitarian parole is. My humanitarian issue here is my people who are not working because we have an underground economy going on because of too many legal overstayers,” he added. “Everybody who is not contributing to the community should not be here. In other words, get out. I cannot be more clear than that.”

Fitial said he has brought the issue of the need to deport these people and this time the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is “very receptive” and is now working with the CNMI.
The governor suggested that everyone who is not contributing to the economy should not be living on U.S. soil! He says, "Get out" is his message to them. He thinks he can decide this? What about the disabled, the ill, the indigent? Is he speaking about only nonresidents or U.S. citizens as well? After all, many U.S. citizens in the CNMI are collecting food stamps and are not contributing taxes or to the economy. The CNMI is U.S. soil and federal laws apply. No governor can banish a person who is legally in the U.S. because he considers them to be "overstayers" by his definition, which runs counter to U.S law. How absurd!

Why doesn't the governor understand what humanitarian parole is? Is it because he lacks a heart? Is it because he doesn't understand that separating people by races or referring to some only as "my people" is racist?  Is he saying that the people that were invited to work in the CNMI, entered and stayed legally and built its economy are  no longer wanted, even if there are no U.S. citizens to fill their jobs? Has this governor forgotten that he has repeatedly bragged that the CNMI alien worker system was established through his efforts? Perhaps this governor should support giving all of the legal, long-term foreign workers permanent residency so they can all leave.

I want to know the name of the official/s at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement who is "very receptive" to deporting legal, long-term foreign workers (all nonresidents granted parole are legal regardless of the governor's opinion) Who is this official who is now "working with the CNMI"?

Giving a corrupt and self-serving governor the power to regulate deportations is clearly an insane plan. It was recently announced that the Obama Administration was shutting down the 287 (g) program that had deputized local and state law enforcement officials to enforce immigration law because of abuses by some local and state officials. One abuser was Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who was accused of racial profiling and civil rights abuses of Hispanics. His deputized powers were recently yanked by DHS. Why, if the Obama Administration is considering shutting down the program in 68 police departments in 24 states, would it be enacted in the CNMI, which is probably the most racist and abusive place to alien workers on U.S. soil? Why would anyone with knowledge of the CNMI's discriminatory practices at local and federal offices and blatant racism against foreigners, give an anti-alien, racist official like Fitial the authority to enforce immigration law?

Most of the foreign workers in the CNMI were legal until November 2011. They are now in transition from the CNMI immigration system to the U.S. immigration system.  Through no fault of their own, the majority of the legal, long-term workers do not have U.S. permits in their hands. For most, the applications are still being processed. It is the poor planning and delays of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that is to blame, not the foreign workers or their employers.

Is there not one official in the United States government that can explain to Fitial that the status of parole and other legal non-CW statuses issued by USCIS are legal? Where is the Civil Rights Division of U.S. Department of Justice?

Where are the Hispanic, Asian Pacific American and Progressive Caucus members that stomped into Alabama to protest the anti-immigrant laws in that state? Where are these members who protested the anti-immigrant law in Arizona and other states? Are they going to continue their double standard of justice where they defend illegal aliens in the U.S. mainland, but turn a blind eye to the abuses and injustice against aliens in the CNMI?  Are these "immigration rights" advocates ever going to stand up and speak out against the CNMI governor's outrageous and continued attacks on the legal aliens of the CNMI? Someone needs to educate this governor NOW.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

150% SPOT ON!

Anonymous said...

Humanitarian Parole, 2 non resident parents, 1 U.S. Citizen baby. Parents not authorized to work with no CW visa. Baby eligible for Food Stamps and WIC. Family of 3 lives off of the Baby's income. How could this possibly be good? Work underground for additional income? How could this possibly be good? Eventually, this family would have to venture into illegal activities to provide income to simply maintain a poverty level. How could this possibly be good. I agree that if you are not employed, cannot be employed, or will not be employed, you must go. Not only is it not good for the economy, it is not good for all legal CW1 visa holders. Illegal workers take away jobs from CW1 holders and resident workers. They do not pay taxes and thus do cont contribute to the economy. CW1 workers take away jobs from the residents and most get a tax rebate/refund 10 times higher than they paid in, (Child tax credit, earned income, stimulus, etc. I hate it every year when I watch $5k+ of my tax dollars that I paid in go to lazy non employed, non residents that have and will continue to live off their children's food stamps and wic. Even you Wendy have to admit that so many of those that applied for Humanitarian Visa do not and will not ever qualify. Do you actually condone their continued presents in the CNMI, dragging down the economy and with it, the legal non residents?

Wendy Doromal said...

8:10 I say SET THEM FREE! Most of them paid taxes for decades. Stop the racist rhetoric. What is the difference between U.S. citizen children with U.S. citizen parents receiving food stamps and U.S. citizen children with nonresident parents receiving food stamps? Do you advocate starvation based on parental nationality or status?

Do you know people working underground? Do you have documentation? Does the governor? If so why are the employers not shut down?

Sure, aliens without jobs should eventually leave BUT ONLY AFTER THEY ARE PAID THE WAGES THAT THEY ARE OWED AND THE STIMULUS CHECKS AND TAX REBATES THAT THEY ARE OWED. Maybe the governor wants them gone so the CNMI can pocket their tax rebates and stimulus checks. You want them gone? Support permanent residency for this class of disenfranchised de facto citizens!

Are you sure that CW workers take jobs from locals? Have you talked to the employers who employ the CWs? The jobs were advertised. The locals could apply. Maybe they did not have the skills?

I will admit nothing to you. I want to see the documentation. Show me the facts and statistics. Where did the governor get the figure 9,000 from? Show me the names and stats.

Do I condone their presence (not presents) YES, I ABSOLUTELY SUPPORT THE FOREIGN WORKERS' PRESENCE IN THE CNMI. They are de facto citizens. They have been in the CNMI for decades paying taxes and contributing to the community. If they had been legally living and working in the US mainland for as long as they have in the CNMI, then they would already have been given Green Cards. Do you seriously think it is the nonresident workers who "dragged down the CNMI economy"? It is the CORRUPT POLITICIANS who managed that. Open your eyes!

Anonymous said...

Your right wendy about all of it. There's a double standard from the congress. why? because they want votes and none of us are worth nothing because we have no votes for them. don't anyone running ask for votes from my 2 children over 21. They won't vote for no one here.

Anonymous said...

Any US official who listens to this guy is nuts. 9,000 illegals is impossible since the USCIS had over 11,000 applications for CW permits from employers.

Anonymous said...

Fitial, you will need foreign workers whatever will be will be, else you are trash! I rather bring my business out if you insist me to hire what I don't like to hire. wake up it's 21st century and still act like Magellan just came.

Anonymous said...

The fastest way to get those people to leave the CNMI would be for them to get green cards. Most would gladly migrate to elsewhere in the U.S.

Captain said...

Besides Fitial not having any idea of what he is talking about, I doubt there would be a snowball chance in hell of the Feds ever giving anyone in the CNMI, let alone this idiot, authority to do anything in this area.
But the Feds are/have really dropped the ball in everything concerning this Federalization.
The Fitialization has such detrimental effect on the CNMI and the feds Inaction and untimely decisions are definitely not helping matters.
This along with the US Congress infighting and inaction during an election year is also not good.

Wendy Doromal said...

Hello Captain

Boy, did the feds drop the ball and what a great disappointment! Yes there is infighting and gridlock in the US Congress, but also the CNMI LEGAL, longterm workers will remain suppressed as long as the Hispanic, Asian American, Progressive and Black Caucuses continue their hypocritical double standard of supporting fairness and justice for the $11 million illegal aliens in the mainland while they support legislation that would perpetuate injustice and oppression for the CNMI's legal aliens. Then there is the wishy washy stand of the DOI in regards to the report and backing HR 1466. My respect for all of them has vanished. The caucus members who campaign as friends of immigrants and justice must be exposed so voters know who they REALLY are voting for. Ditto Obama Administration. Either you support immigrant rights or you don't -it can't be for some, sometimes and especially when they support MORE rights for undocumented than for those who have been legally residing in the US for decades. Who would vote for these people who run on a pro-immigrant platform if they read and understood HR 1466?

Wendy Doromal said...

Hello Captain

Boy, did the feds drop the ball and what a great disappointment! Yes there is infighting and gridlock in the US Congress, but also the CNMI LEGAL, longterm workers will remain suppressed as long as the Hispanic, Asian American, Progressive and Black Caucuses continue their hypocritical double standard of supporting fairness and justice for the $11 million illegal aliens in the mainland while they support legislation that would perpetuate injustice and oppression for the CNMI's legal aliens. Then there is the wishy washy stand of the DOI in regards to the report and backing HR 1466. My respect for all of them has vanished. The caucus members who campaign as friends of immigrants and justice must be exposed so voters know who they REALLY are voting for. Ditto Obama Administration. Either you support immigrant rights or you don't -it can't be for some, sometimes and especially when they support MORE rights for undocumented than for those who have been legally residing in the US for decades. Who would vote for these people who run on a pro-immigrant platform if they read and understood HR 1466?

the teacher said...

Employers of CW permit holders must pay health insurance for those workers, or those workers must bear the cost of insurance, or they can not be allowed to work in the CNMI. That would seperate many of the real employers from the fakes, create a more responsible community, and insure residents.