Share Your Story During Immigrant Heritage Month

June 6, 2015

Today President Obama asked immigrants to share their stories of how they came to America. He stressed the urgent need for immigration reform. Here is his message:

President Obama emphasized that we are a nation of immigrants. He is calling on everyone to tell the story of how they or their family came to this country.

All of the nonresidents of Saipan should tell the story of how they came to America and how many years they have been in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) living and working as valuable community members, but without a pathway to citizen.

Stories can be told at this link:

The New American Project offers a voice for the nonresident workers in the CNMI who are so far from Washington, DC.

From The White House website:

"The basic idea of welcoming immigrants to our shores is central to our way of life — it is in our DNA. We believe our diversity, our differences, when joined together by a common set of ideals, makes us stronger, makes us more creative, makes us different. From all these different strands, we make something new here in America."             President Barack Obama, July 4, 2014 
Our proud tradition of continually welcoming immigrants and refugees from around the world is part of what makes America exceptional. It's what makes us dynamic and entrepreneurial. We're a group of people bound together by the power of a simple idea – that everyone willing to work hard and play by the rules is welcome. On November 21, 2014, the President established the White House Task Force on New Americans — a government-wide effort tasked with better integrating immigrants and refugees into American communities in three key areas: civically, economically, and linguistically. 
Want to get more details about the Task Force's recommendations? Read their strategic action plan here. 
This isn't just a priority because it's the right thing to do. It's also vital to our economic future. Immigrants start 28 percent of new businesses — and immigrants or the children of immigrants have founded more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies, which collectively employ more than 10 million people worldwide. And over the next 20 years, immigrants and their children will account for 85 percent of the net growth in our labor force. 
Your actions in your community matter, and there is something that you can do right now. Share your story, find a local service project, and choose from a variety of immigration resources to learn more about your family's history or access the tools you need for your own citizenship process.


Anonymous said...

The stories of CNMI non-residents workers are heartbreaking. Almost 98% CW workers in CNMI have been here for more than a decade. U.S Public law 110-229 took their freedom away, freedom to have a pathway to U.S lawful permanent residents or citizenship. U.S department of interior and CNMI department of labor are aware of this. The stories of CW workers are shielded by U.S DOI and CNMI DOL. They still think that CW workers are replaceable. CNMI Labor is asking for 10% of $150 education fee they receive from USCIS every year. CNMI DOL calculated the total budget the secretary needs is $1.2 million. The secretary forgets to mention one thing that what in last 6 years they failed to accomplish. CW program is extended up to 2019. She is so serious to mention that it is possible to replace 15000 CW workers with local residents if $1.2 million is given to them. That is a vision of losers because when Best Sunshine asked for 500 local workers, BSI only gets about 100 people (Non-skill).What was not possible by last 20 years, it cannot be done by next 4 years. CNMI governor likes to ask for more money from USCIS but he does not know to do that. All CNMI want is money and money from feds or Non-residents instead of considering all CW workers to be permanent members of CNMI workforce. Even Saipan Chamber of Commerce, NMC and NMTI are looking for money to replace these devoted foreign workers in CNMI. USCIS GUAM still considers CNMI not part of United States of America.