H.R. 83 Passes the U.S. House

November 12, 2014

Yesterday the U.S House passed H.R. 83 by a vote of 219 to 206. There were 162 Republicans who voted for the bill  and 57 Democrats who backed it. It was included as part of the year-end budget bill.

The majority of the  members of the Hispanic and Progressive Caucuses voted against the bill, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Luis Guiterrez (D-IL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-IL).

The bill has not been passed by the U.S. Senate. It is scheduled to be heard in the Senate this afternoon.

The bill would extend the E2-CNMI visa Program for 5 more years. While I support a pathway to citizenship for every legal, long term nonresident, including the legal long-term investors who currently hold E2-CNMI visas, I do support the bill's passage only to protect the E2-Investors. Without this bill and in the absence of the passage of a bill to provide permanent U.S. status, most of the loyal E2 investors would be forced to leave the CNMI and would suffer great financial losses.

There has been no action to push for permanent residency for the de facto citizens who make up more than 90% of the private work force in the CNMI.

The bill also exempted the CNMI and Guam from the cap on foreign workers who fill temporary positions. This will provide more workers who will be needed for the large upcoming construction projects.

Additionally, H.R. 83 exempts the CNMI from U.S. asylum laws. I disagree with this provision. Asylum laws must be applied to every U.S. state and territory
uniformly. Upholding human rights trumps any perceived claim, such as problems with Russian and Chinese tourist visas.


Anonymous said...

Yeah, those tire shops and small markets selling untaxed items brought in from China and the Philippines and accepting, (illegally buying) "food stamp" will be around for another 5 years. Well at least the CP parole people can't land and claim asylum. One benefit to this debacle.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Kilili could have included “CNMI immigration provision from U.S comprehensive immigration reform bill that was passed by U.S senate in the year 2012” in HR 83 to provide permanent relief to long-term legal alien workers & investors in CNMI as an amendment of U.S PL 110-229. But he failed to do so as he was under a lot of pressure from CNMI business crooks. And Mr. Kilili probably supports long-term legal alien workers and investors to remain chained or shacked with CW or E2C discriminatory program because he was really mad when a long-term foreign worker demonstrates for freedom and justice during last U.S Independence Day.