Banging the Drum

August 2, 2012

Yet another un-American proposal has been introduced by CNMI elected officials. Through Senate Joint Resolution 17-21, the CNMI Senate has called for revision to the already undemocratic and unAmerican H.R. 1466. It also declares its support for an extension of the CNMI-Only Transitional Worker Progam.

The same people who were handed U.S. citizenship propose a restrictive "status" for only a limited group of all of the CNMI's legal, long-term foreign workers. From the Saipan Tribune article:
In particular, senators want Sablan's HR 1466 amended to ensure that only those lawfully admitted aliens residing in the CNMI for at least five years prior to May 8, 2008 will be conferred CNMI-only resident status, and any other condition as may be required by Congress.

“The Senate finds that these conditions will ensure that this special status conferred by HR 1466 will be limited to those lawfully admitted aliens residing in the CNMI,” senators said.

Senators also request that, if practical, HR 1466 be amended to include the CNMI Senate's recommendation for the improved status of guest workers in the CNMI.

The Senate asked the U.S. Congress in March 2010 to grant alien workers who have been in the CNMI for at least 10 years as of May 2008 an immigration status similar to those granted to citizens of the Freely Associated States.
It is always interesting (but also truly sickening) when an official or elected body makes a proposal or supports a law that would ensure political, social and economic control over an oppressed underclass. It is immoral and despicable to propose the continuation of a society of the haves and have nots, the privileged and under privileged, those with rights and those denied even basic civil liberties and rights.

Perhaps more interesting is the twisted reasoning and offensive excuses for denying basic civil liberties and democratic freedoms to individuals who, by all criteria, already de facto citizens deserving of equal rights. In this case, the individuals were recruited to work in the CNMI as skilled and much needed foreign workers. They were legally renewed year after year by the CNMI government. Many have lived and worked for 5, 10, 20 or more years in the CNMI. Many have lived and worked legally in the CNMI for more years than they have lived in their own homelands. Still they are not appreciated or welcomed as equals. Instead, they are treated as a powerless, disenfranchised, oppressed and disrespected underclass on U.S. soil with the blessings of U.S. Congress and officials. If this was happening in another country there would be an indignant outcry from American politicians and the general public protesting the blatant and outrageous denial of civil liberties and human rights.

No one should ever propose for another, that which he would not accept for himself.  Would any of these CNMI senators, Delegate Sablan or the co-sponsors of H.R. 1466 wish to live with a status that denies them basic rights in a place that is their home?

Basic rights like the freedom to travel, the right to vote, and the right to serve on a jury should be bestowed upon the legal, long-term foreign workers after their years of dedicated sacrifice and service to this American community. The proposed status or an extension of the CNMI-Only Transitional Worker Program would keep them forever under the thumbs of their CNMI employers and make them vulnerable to exploitation. It would  ensure that they are permanently silenced with no political, social or economic voice. Such a proposal is un-American, undemocratic and yes, evil. Granting the legal, long-term foreign workers permanent residency would ensure the skilled workforce the CNMI needs and the freedom of the legal, long-term foreign workers so desire.

Ask yourselves, why are so many business and CNMI elected officials pushing for an extension of the flawed CNMI-Only Transitional Worker Program years before the December 2014 deadline. It is only because they want to maintain the status quo to keep their ruling status and power in the undemocratic and unjust two-tiered society that they created. Truly unconscionable.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just can’t fathom how these so called “Honorable” can sleep at night. They do not know how to cling social and moral principles. They have us here since they’re kids and now their kids but they still not emotionally or intellectually attached to every human race in this island, what’s wrong with them as a human being? It is clear that we are the instruments to sustain their economy and that they need us but they keep saying not? NO TO EXTENSION!!! Melberlin

Anonymous said...

i agree,,,,,,, NO to an extentsion!!! As of November 2014 it is over for the CW. No more contract worker visa program. Let the locals have these jobs. if the CWs haven't adjusted their status to those found in the INA then there will be no status for them.........

But wait with no CW status and no adjustment to any current U.S. visa status how will CWs stay???

that is right they wont be able to remain here legally and will all have to leave the CNMI......can't people see that???????????? in less then two years the U.S. Congress will not, I repeat, will not pass a law that will grant these CWs a status. They have taken no movement to do so in the last three or four years, we are no closer to that than we were when the CNRA was enacted and in this current economic and political climate we are even less likely to see it.....

i dont care what you have been told by the "people" in D.C. you were told a lot of things over the years......"fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me".

Every action these local groups have taken to protest the issues and complaints with the transition and USCIS, from motorcades to 'occupy' USCIS has served to damage the integrity of the message and has done nothing to get the U.S., the public, or USCIS to change their minds... now we are going to ask them not to extend the CW program so that when they do and thousands of people find themselves with out a status then what???
you think USCIS is going to feel sorry for them and let them stay....keep believing that as employees let them go, they can't keep them working without a status employers don't want to get fined or go to jail. keep beliving you dont need a CW visa when the CWs are shown the door with deportation orders in their hands.......think this whole thing through people

Wendy Doromal said...

7:38 The US Congress does little on ANY issue! Yes, a status bill is being discussed. Yes, a status bill can pass by 2014 especially with public pressure and educated policy makers. Yes, USCIS has to apply the SAME policies that they apply in the US to those in the CNMI.

Anonymous said...

To qualify for deferred action, a person must:

--Have been born after June 15, 1981
--Have arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16
--Have resided continuously in the U.S. since June 15, 2007
--Have been in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
--Be in school, graduated from high school or received a GED, or be an honorably discharged veteran.
--Be at least 15 years old to apply if not currently in removal proceedings

Check number # 3 have to have been in U.S. since 2007. Even the 9th CCA has ruled in deportation cases from the CNMI that the CNMI did not count as the U.S. for immigration purposes prior to November 27th 2009. USCIS does not have a blanket get to stay in the U.S. card they will issue to these former CWs. As for Congress passing a bill even you Wendy are smart enough to understand the definition of insanity, {the old doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result} many of these people telling you this may find themseleves out of a job come Novemeber. Public support?? where in the U.S. mainland where it matters?? I don't see it now and expect to see even less as the economy continues to crash. these poorly thought out Administrative decisions by Obama will go away after Novemeber people need to plan for their best interests and that future doesn't include the CNMI if they are not qualified for an adjustment of status or skilled visa... just the harsh reality as it stand today....

Wendy Doromal said...

Huh? There are several parole policies and also the Morton memo that do not have the restrictions you are talking about. How many congressional offices, policy makers and human rights groups do YOU contact each week? Apparently not as many as I do. . .

Anonymous said...

these same congressional offices that have been telling you not to worry for the last three years?? Meet the new boss same as the old boss. this is all well and good but people must be ready to face the harsh realities that may be facing them in the very near future. hiding their heads in the sand and hoping it is not so does not make it not so. no one will have any symapthy on those who refuse to face the facts and then say WAIT, I am not ready to leave yet, I never thought the day would come. As things stand now it is coming and failure to plan is planning to fail. no one's fault but those who fail to prepare. don't blame the U.S. government or anyone else for their failure to be prepared...

Wendy Doromal said...

8:46 You have are not privy to any discussions. Believe what you want. People are free to stay or leave. It is a personal decision, not mine. People can also fight for their rights or leave it to fate -also a personal decision. The US Congress is responsible for not making the cheated foreign workers whole, for not granting them status, for their flawed bills and for allowing legal long-term workers to be treated poorly while supporting more for undocumented aliens.

Anonymous said...

you are right it is a personal decision, one that must be made as an informed decision, well aware of the consequences of their actions. Congress's percieved failure to act in their favor will not absolve the individuals decision to remain here in violation of law. Everyone must know that even if they believe they deserve to stay, doing so without a status or in violation of law carries consequences that will follow them in the future. Only with that understanding and acceptance of the possible consequences should someone make their decision. Once made they should be more than willing to accept the consequences without complaint. that is what having free will is all about.

Anonymous said...

hafa adai,
our CNMI government is become USA republic communist gov. now. fitial learn from china.shame on this our cnmi-republic communist party.you guys cheated us by political way,cutoff our hours.shame on you,,,adios