Obama Immigration Policies Favor Mainland Undocumented Aliens

September 3, 2012

What is with the blatant inconsistencies in the Obama Administration's immigration policies? 

While the Administration supports relief for those undocumented (illegal) children of aliens brought to the U.S. illegally, the Administration shows absolutely no compassion, no justice, no fairness to the thousands of  long-term foreign workers in the CNMI.

The vast majority of the CNMI's long-term foreign workers were legally recruited and lived and worked in the islands for years, even decades. After the economy crashed many lost their jobs, so they applied for parole from USCIS. Most of the displaced workers wanted to stay in the CNMI because:
1) Some have no home to return to, having lived in the CNMI longer than they lived in their lands of birth, 2) They were victims of wage theft and are owed large sums of money that they have been unable to collect over the years or 3) They are the parents of U.S. citizen children.

Many who have applied for parole many months ago are just now finding out their requests are being denied. The entire CNMI-Only Transitional Worker Program is a flawed mess. The process is confusing and slow.  The haphazard implementation has caused suffering and uncertainty not just to the foreign workers, but to their employers.

President Obama must explain the flagrant inconsistency in this country's immigration policies.  Does compassion and justice apply to some, but not all? Is granting a pathway to citizenship "the right thing to do" for  the huge block of Hispanics (an estimated 11 million), but not for this smaller group of Asians (an estimated 13,000 - 16,000)?  Is just policy only applied for those aliens on the U.S. mainland, but not for those in the CNMI?

We should have compassion for the young people brought into the U.S. by their parents when they were young. It is the "right thing to do" to allow deferred action for these young people. We must  employ prosecutorial discretion in deportations to keep families together as written in the Morton Memo.   However, our government must also have the same compassion for the long-term foreign workers of the CNMI who worked and lived on U.S. soil for years or decades. Our government must make whole the thousands of CNMI foreign workers who have been cheated of their wages.

If USCIS will not grant parole to these people who helped to build the CNMI, who labored there under adverse conditions, who sacrificed so much, then isn't it time that a member of the U.S. Congress step up on their behalf to demand a review of these inconsistent policies? Where are the former champions in the U.S. Congress? Isn't it time that pro-immigrant Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis take a stand?

Over the last three decades the U.S. Congress generally turned a blind eye to the ill-treatment of the foreign workers. The U.S. Congress has done absolutely nothing to help thousands of foreign workers collect the $6.1 million in documented claims that are owed to them. Likewise, the CNMI Government did nothing to ensure that the thief-employers pay the cheated workers what they were owned.

No more federal funds should be given to the CNMI until every penny that is owed to the cheated foreign workers is repaid or until they are granted permanent residency status so they are able to recover their losses.  The foreign workers of the CNMI must be made whole.

You can read some of the stories of cheated workers who have been denied parole by USCIS  in the Saipan Tribune article: here.  If you are moved, please write and request equal treatment of all aliens on U.S. soil. Please stand up for the aliens in the CNMI.


Anonymous said...


check this cnn article out. This administration did this

Wendy Doromal said...

11:51 That is NOT a CNN article. It is an I-report written by a citizen reporter. It could have been written by a member of the Chamber of Commerce, or by any other number of CNMI citizens (a citizen who lack the courage to identify himself, herself.)

The U.S, is responsible for the failed immigration program. It is NOT responsible for CHC, CUC, or the current conditions in Saipan. Failed CNMI leadership is responsible for those problems.The U.S. has pumped over a $billion into the CNMI which has been misspent and used in corrupt ways.

The "leaders" of the CNMI knew for years that the trade agreements were coming and did NOTHING to look for alternative income. In fact, they were warned by federal officials repeatedly. The "leaders" refuse to implement adequate income taxes, have no sales or property taxes and have done nothing to raise revenue. The CNMI "leaders" have done nothing attract legitimate businesses, promote tourism, clean up the corruption, or to end the ever-increasing drug problem and crime. Even tourism is sure to fail. Tell me who would want to visit the CNMI in it's current state?

A major problem with the CNMI is that there is a gimme, gimme attitude. Gimme a job, but I don't have to work, gimme government money, gimme foreign workers so I can have cheap labor and further cheat them... The "leaders" are attracted to get rich quick schemes and any on the corrupt or sleazy side. Look at many of the characters that the "leaders" align themselves with -felons and criminals.

One major problem is the low minimum wage. It was kept artificially low to employ cheap foreign labor. Would Richard Pierce or a chamber member work for minimum wage, would any of the government workers work for minimum wage? As long as the minimum wage is so low that any private sector job is unattractive, the CNMI will remain the mess that it is.

The CNMI leaders like to pretend that garment factories were a good thing for the CNMI. They were not. They were one of the main reasons for the downfall. They were part of an economy built on quicksand and the owners treated the workers so horribly that the karma must still be lingering like a cloud over the CNMI.

Anonymous said...

Mam Wendy, I thank you so much with all you have done and what you have been doing for what is right for the legal aliens in CNMI in particular, but it seems to me that you alone will not be enough to be heard by the US. Is there anybody you know who can help you to bring this issue to the US department that deals with this matter? How about our friend Glenn Hunter or Ed Prost or our Delegate Mr. Gregorio Kilili. Just asking Mam.