March 11, 2012
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.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!
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.
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.