Worker Groups Unified Against Transition

July 23, 1012

The CNMI's major foreign worker groups are united against an extension of the federal CNMI-Only  Transitional Guest Worker Program. Their unity should give them strength and one determined voice.

Like myself, they recognize that there is no need for a problematic transitional program when a permanent solution is readily available. Granting the legal, long-term foreign workers permanent residency is the only just and  enduring solution.

I will be sending a letter and report to the U.S. agencies and congressional committees tasked with overseeing and/or administering this flawed federal program. It will be posted on this site with any letters from the foreign worker groups, foreign workers or their supporters.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

whatis the long term solution that is readily available???? there is no bill introduced to address this, nor is there any coming up before this transition period ends. yes people wish there was but congress doesn't seem to desire it in any way shpe or form and that is what matters......... let's agree to end the CW program and then those who have not adjusted their status to a currently available lawful status will just have to go somewhere else.....USCIS will not issue a parole for people when there is a very real and available status out there,,,,,the CW status. advocate for that to go away and i guaran-dang---tee ys that they won't come back and say since we got rid of the CW status because people didn't think we should have it anymore but here ya go take this parole status...........get real folks the U.S. Government wont work that way.....CW status or be eligible for a status found under the INA or make a plan to go somewhere else....that is what the CNRA states.......i don't care what people said, people/politicians lie all the time. what is in the law, black and white is what everyone has to deal with......

Anonymous said...

These CW should make a stand and flat out refuse to stay if they extend this CW another 5 yrs.
Nothing will change if this is done, nothing.
Make plans and employment plans elsewhere if they do not get a status.
The ones married to US Cit. need to get their status changed.
The private sector will not push for training, the locals will not go for training etc. The Gov. and his friends in the private sector are the ones pushing for this extension to keep the status the same as in the past.

Like everything else in the CNMI, the only way anything gets done is after the fact.
If this worker program is NOT extended, the Private sector and Govt. still will not do anything until after all the workers actually leave and then they find out they need skilled trades.
They will continue on as long as possible with the "illegals" and a cash basis low payment.

When the Illegals are picked up and deported only then the private sector will then look at the USCIS existing regs to see under what rule will apply for the workers they actually need.
At that time they will then actually push for locals to go to a trade school.

BTW, under the USCIS there IS a form to to apply for "Immediate Relative.
I do not know the full requirements or just who it covers as only now I received it for one of my older kids I adopted that is past 16yr age.(My wife's daughter) which is not eligible for the same US benefits as the younger adopted ones.
There also is no form # on it. The US Embassy Manila sent it to me in an e-mail,this girl is in the Phil living at my residence there and also to school there.

Next time when one of these CW go to the US Embassy for a visa have them ask about that.
Maybe it will cover the married ones, don't know.
Or maybe it is only for foreigner relatives living abroad.

Anonymous said...

I believed the only thing we can do now is to stop the extension... but have to accept the consequences... to go home or go elsewhere... can you do that?... not sure but there are also many that they think the 5 yrs is enough for them to save then go home... so need to think of it.

Anonymous said...

An extension extend the transitionary period for 5 years. Every year an employer has to pay to renew the visa. If the business closes you leave if no other job. If a resident wants your job you leave. If you get a green card you are free. No employer can tell you pay your fees or I won't renew you or tell you he can only afford $3.50 an hour pay or no renewal. With green cards you can go to a good employer. It would help the economy because no more cheating and schemes.

Anonymous said...

i agree with all above but we must face reality and stop with the dreams. the CW will either be extended for a couple of more years or it will not. In the meantime the DHS will weed out the fraud companies applying for CWs and the fraud marriages to USCs. In the end maybe half the GW will be legitimate CW workers with actual visas. Each year fewer and fewer CWs will be applied for and more locals or unemployed folks from the mainland will find their way out here for skilled jobs in the private sector. The smart foriegn nationals here on Saipan will look to go somewhere there is work. The few who remain behind without a legitimate job and status will be eventually found by DHS and deported. in the meantime the opportunity is there to make your own plan and leave this place for a place with a future and with jobs....

Wendy Doromal said...

10:25

Who is dreaming? You said, "Each year fewer and fewer CWs will be applied for and more locals or unemployed folks from the mainland will find their way out here for skilled jobs in the private sector." What U.S. citizen would leave the U.S. to live in a place with rampant crime, including unsolved murder and rape cases;no stable economy; a near bankrupt government that hasn't a clue how to raise revenue; no stable retirement plan; a low minimum wage; greedy employers who cheat their workers with impunity; an unsafe health care system; an unstable infrastructure, including a fledging electric company; and on and on? Some "smart" residents are leaving Saipan and the CNMI to work in the U.S. where there are higher wages and better jobs.

The DHS should weed out "fraudulent" companies and businesses and the federal government must ALSO prosecute employers who violate labor laws and make the workers who are victims of wage theft whole.

If I were a foreign worker in the CNMI, I would be fighting for freedom through permanent residency status and in case that doesn't work out I'd be working on a back-up plan to leave to a place that values workers as humans, not as labor units -a place that offers future status and security. There is nothing secure about the CNMI in its present state and especially for the foreign workers.

Anonymous said...

When a CW is going through the process of deportation they must follow the law or face jail time. My advice to any CW who is going through this is simple. Let the process unfold all the way to the airport. Once there let just sit down on the floor and refuse to get on the airplane. They will not drag you up through TSA or anything. You will risk getting physically abused later but the airline will NOT let you on if you are acting crazy. You will then be allowed to stay.

Wendy Doromal said...

2:31 Terrible advice. If a person faces deportation they should contact an attorney or ombudsman and go through the process legally and with dignity. A person can get arrested for "acting crazy" in a boarding area.

Anonymous said...

This is a tactic used by hundreds of immigrants in Europe Wendy and it works. I would only advise this on a worker who faces a much worse situation in their homeland - living on the streets for example which once off the plane becomes a real possibility. What would be better? Living in a detention center with a hot shower, medical care and three meals a day or on a cardboard box on the mean streets of Metro Manila. Think about it. Just sit down on the floor at the airport and tell the airlines that you refuse to get on the airplane. Forget hiring an attorney because that will cost thousands. The Ombuds? Are you kidding? She works FOR the Federal government and would face obstruction charges if she interfered with ICE!

Anonymous said...

Sitting on the floor acting crazy wont work in this case. The flights will be chartered, packed with illegal non resident workers at the end of the transition period. There will be no extension, there will be no improved status, there will be no green cards. Plan your short future here, save your money, and prepare to leave. Face it, you do not have to go home, you just can't stay here.

Anonymous said...

The Feds "transport" prisoners and if a person under deportation refuses to leave there is no problem with the Feds calling in a military plane to do the job if need be nor sedating a person and escorting them to the destination.
It may even be more cost effective to expedite the deportation process, hold all ordered deported until a certain number is reached then call in a Fed plane such as they use to transport multi number of prisoners at one time and continue from there.

Anonymous said...

Nonis 6:26 & 7:43

There will be no mass deportation. The DHS policies and memos that apply in the US also apply in the CNMI. Those call for only criminals to be deported in a humanitarian effort to keep families together and to treat people as human beings. Just stop the lies.

Anonymous said...

the advice to physically take an action to avoid complying with a lawful deportation order is a federal criminal offense, you will end up serving federal time for a criminal conviction and then when relaesed be placed on a plane under escort of a couple of burly federal agents and when arriving in your home country you will be turned over to officials in your home country.... as to the Ombudsman she cannot legally act in any capacity in opposition to the federal government of which DHS and DOI are both a part of. It is also a federal crime, doing so behind closed doors is an ethical issue for them. Hiring a lawyer maybe an option but only in those cases where there is an actual claim to staying, having no job and wanting to stay isn't a valid claim......

Anonymous said...

Crazy but true!
Visit CHC and look for Chen (not sure), a Chinese guy who refuse to be deported, hit his head on the wall and became comatose. He's bedridden at CHC for many years. I am a CW paying taxes religiously for 20 years and can't get to consult a doctor at CHC for free and this stupid Chinese guy is truly living there for free. He is a big stupid to have chosen to stay! He's stupid not to see better opportunities in China!

Anonymous said...

10:55 said, "as to the Ombudsman she cannot legally act in any capacity in opposition to the federal government of which DHS and DOI are both a part of. It is also a federal crime, doing so behind closed doors is an ethical issue for them. Hiring a lawyer maybe an option but only in those cases where there is an actual claim to staying, having no job and wanting to stay isn't a valid claim......"

Then it looks like the ombudsman's time has come because even members of the US congress have opposed DHS in getting illegal aliens in states to stay in the country. Calling this a crime is crap. Any OCW that lived in NMI for years and then jobless is no criminal and certainly not as much a criminal as alien who came to states illegally then has a kid in US and is protected by Obama policy. End double standard and lies. Go to court and fight like hell if they try to deport you.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm tsk tsk tsk it seems like these bloggers knows very well about DHS USCIS and US laws and policies and they make NOISE specially when the ISSUE is about REFORMS which might benefit even just a HANDFUL or just a DOZEN of ALIENS but they are SILENT when the EMPLOYERS here are breaking or dis-regarding those LAWS and regulations and sometimes even the LAW ENFORCERS or even the GOV. Officials thus. Like MASSAGE GATE and the ELECTIONEERING. Well all I know is, JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL AS ALWAYS.

The Saipan Blogger said...

I'll say it again: the best way to get rid of the contract workers is to make them permanent residents. Then we won't have any contract workers!

Anonymous said...

the ombudsman was the person who took the survey of all aliens and has the information on which ones were legal during the time of transition to federal law. remember all that umbrella permit broohahahaha? she has intimate knowledge about the schemes of DOL and OAG to deny umbrella permits. absolutely she should be helping OCWs even if it is to advise them to get an attorney. that's her job. where is she anyway?

Anonymous said...

dhs is deporting former GWs who dont have jobs nor a CW visa so it is happening. sure congress and others might oppose DHS and their deportation policies but much different that an ombudsman assisting people in an official capacity taking an official position against her own employer, the fed government that is a crime and the fed government is aware of it. as to DHS only deporting criminals go sit in the immigration court and you will see that isn't so. people make a plan and find somewhere else....the time is coming and just look back at pre-2009 and then pre-2011 it is coming soon when those without a status will have to leave and when it comes it shouldn't be a suprise everyone is aware of what is coming.....

Green Cards for All! said...

Creating an incident on an airplane can result in criminal charges and up to 20 years imprisonment in a federal penitentiary. 49 U.S.C. § 46504.

Thereafter, upon serving out one's sentence, DHS ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) does have personnel who can and will accompany unwilling deportees throughout the flight, one on either side, using restraints and sedation if necessary, usually in the very back row of the aircraft, with the row in front empty but paid for.

http://www.ice.gov/about/offices/enforcement-removal-operations/.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement.

It is unfortunate that the federal government has not deployed the same focus of resources over the years in deploying full-time DoL and EEOC lawyers on-island and more resources at the USAO and federal law enforcement agencies.

Anonymous said...

The Morton Memo and all Obama Administration policies must be followed in the USA including in the CNMI. Demand a court hearing if you are picked up for "being out of status".

Anonymous said...

people put to much emphasis on this morton memo and obamas policy. that is all they are policy memos and read them closely they all have a tag line that says something along the line of 'nothing in this memo precludes the agency from arresting anyone who is in violation of the law' dont rely on this. prosecutorial discretion is just that discretionary and if you find yourself in front of an immigration judge rest assured that your case was reviewed and the DHS decided to pursue your case.... only a change in law carries any weight. what happens on the mainland is different because the CNRA is a much more recent law and specifically relates to having those foreign nationals in the CNMI who don't have a legitimate status after the two year tranistional period 11-27-09 to 11-27-11 should be leaving...either on their own or if not and found by DHS then leaving with assistance by DHS, meaning deported....

Wendy Doromal said...

Hello Green Cards: I hope all is well with you. I am always happy to see a comment from you because I know it will be factual and sensible! Your comment is so true:
It is unfortunate that the federal government has not deployed the same focus of resources over the years in deploying full-time DoL and EEOC lawyers on-island and more resources at the USAO and federal law enforcement agencies.