September 8, 2015
If the U.S. can provide visas to foreigners to work in the CNMI then shouldn't they provide aid to them in a disaster? Take the CW workers out of the CNMI and the economy and tourist industries collapse. It is about time these people were recognized as long-term de facto citizens and given green cards. But right now these people who make up 90% of the private sector they need assistance.
The Marianas Variety covered a story about foreign worker Rolando Magdaraog who sought help from FEMA and was denied. The 52-year-old man has been in the CNMI sixteen years and now sleeps in his car:
“We work hard, we follow the law and we pay taxes. But there was a typhoon and we are also victims of it. I know that the U.S. and the CNMI are generous to those who need help so I’m still hoping for humanitarian consideration. “If not, what can I do? I guess nothing. I just have to work harder and start all over again.”There is absolutely no reason that anyone who loses their house in a storm is sleeping in a car. The reporters covering these stories should publicize the names of the landlords who are not making repairs to destroyed homes.
So where is the help for these people who built the CNMI, who keep the economy thriving? I will be making calls to the U.S. Senate and U.S. House today to see what aid can be given to the foreigners. I am ashamed of the way our country is handling this disaster.