Immigration Updates

April 12, 2013

The timeline for the release of the Senate immigration bill has been pushed up once more. The self-imposed deadline to release a bill the week after the spring recess will not be met. Still NBC quotes Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) as saying major agreements have been met and the bill is now being written.

The Senate version of the comprehensive immigration reform bill is now expected to be released on Tuesday next week. The legislation will give a pathway to citizenship to 11 million undocumented aliens who entered the U.S. before December 31, 2011. The pathway may take as long as thirteen years.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio who recently has challenged some of the specific in recent weeks, is reportedly backing the bill.

The New York Times reports that the bill includes a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented aliens. Hopefully, that will include many aliens in the CNMI who have fallen out of status.  Many or most lost their jobs when the economy crashed, but remained in the islands in an attempt to collect their stolen wages.

There is no news about a timeline for the House version.

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The two top CNMI elected officials, Governor Eloy Inos and Congressman Gregorio (Kilili) Sablan, jointly penned a letter to DPS Secretary Janet Napolitano thanking her for extending parole provisions for Chinese and Russian tourists.

The pair also requested that Napolitano "keep an eye on those making money bringing Chinese tourists to the islands." As covered in this blog, for years Korean and Chinese women have been using the CNMI as a destination to deliver their babies so that they will be U.S. citizens and get U.S. passports.

In fact, several CNMI residents and Chinese and Korean nationals have made a profitable business off of the baby tourism industry. Since there is no law that I know of that prevents a pregnant woman from traveling to the U.S.,  I am not sure how they expect to legally end this common practice.

The final request in the letter is that the CNMI's exemption from accepting U.S. asylum applications be extended. The exemption provided for in U.S. P.L. 110-229 (the CNRA) is scheduled to expire on January 1, 2014.

This is about human rights. The CNMI is always open to bringing in the transitory tourists who open their pocketbooks and wallets. It is time that the CNMI also opens its heart to accept people who are in need of humanitarian relief. The request should be denied.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

CNMI likes to have tourists coming from China, Russia, Japan and Korea continuously and do not want them to have babies because a baby is born in CNMI, automatically becomes a U.S citizen. CNMI also do not want a foreigner to be an asylum seeker because visa waiver or paroled tourists policy may get changed by U.S Department of Homeland Security Secretary. CNMI also like alien workers to stay and work continuously for an unlimited time but do not want them to have an improved immigrations status. Is there something wrong with CNMI? Are there laws always discriminated & manipulated in CNMI? But for how long do they like this to happen? Are the feds sleeping? Step up to make a better CNMI.

Anonymous said...

"This is about human rights. The CNMI is always open to bringing in the transitory tourists who open their pocketbooks and wallets. It is time that the CNMI also opens its heart to accept people who are in need of humanitarian relief. The request should be denied."

Well said, Wendy. There is something very selfish about the NMI people. They want all the US money and privileges that they can grab, but never want to have to follow any law that they cannot manipulate into more cash or power. The NMI has got to be one of the most selfish societies in the world and that greed and myopic vision is enabled and made possible by Uncle Sam. Down right sickening it is.

Anonymous said...

9:14
I can make the same comments about the PI having tried to live there but got fed up with the exact things you mention.

Anonymous said...

8:56 Who is 9:14? The PI is NOT THE United States of America and does NOT claim to be the world's leader in human rights now, does it? GET IT?

Anonymous said...

6:28PM
I was referring to the last words of 9:40PM.
I stand by my comments.
Do you GET IT? You are here for economic reasons not human rights violations.
Now go stand in line like everyone else has to. I and my family members had to. Stop waiting for some tooth fairy to do your bidding.

Anonymous said...

6:28 Read:http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-02-01/opinions/36679964_1_student-visas-immigration-debate-green-cards

Everyone's family has different circumstances.