January 27, 2014
“Now, after decades contributing, many raising families, possibly working alongside us and growing up side by side with many of our own children, haven’t foreign national workers that have lived here a decade or more earned a right to achieve that possible American dream under U.S. immigration law that encompasses the 50 states and most of the insular territories?”The Saipan Tribune quoted Mr. Sablan who addressed a crowd at the Saipan Chamber of Commerce's installation dinner for 2014 board of directors:
The CNMI still doesn’t have enough U.S. worker populace to meet even the current economic activity, “let alone the projected potential increase of 1,500 to 2,000 rooms coming online” in the tourism industry in the next two to three years, he added.
Sablan also said that he and the Chamber board wholeheartedly believe that given all the facts that a majority of the society has come to want “certain expectations from public services” such as good public safety, good education, good health care and low cost utilities, this will “require a robust and viable economy.”
“The historical fact and until this day we would not have achieved and will not achieve our economic vitality if not for the important role we all played, but to be clear, to the many foreign national workers that contributed in one way or another to most, if not all, our individual economic benefits derived in the CNMI,” he said."Granting permanent residency or improved status is the right thing to do", said Sablan. He is absolutely right!