September 2, 2015
FEMA officials referred the de facto citizens to private aid organizations.
If FEMA cannot help every foreign worker who makes up the majority of the private sector workforce, what United States agency will?
From the Marianas Variety:
“If they apply under the [U.S. citizen] child’s name, and Social Security number, they are covered. That child can be used as the head of household,” DeBlasio Sr. added.
According to FEMA, it had confirmed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that CW workers “are not qualified aliens.” But if the CW worker has a minor child born in the CNMI, then their household is eligible for FEMA assistance.
Citizens of FSM, Palau, and the Marshalls are also not eligible as they are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents. However, if they have children born in the CNMI, and therefore are U.S. citizens, then their household becomes eligible for FEMA assistance.
“Not everyone who is living in CNMI and who was affected by the disaster will be eligible for FEMA assistance because there are laws that require FEMA’s compliance,” FEMA external affairs officer Veronica Verde said.
She said FEMA is guided by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1988 or Stafford Act and the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. She said a person’s eligibility for FEMA assistance is contingent upon a number of factors “including, quite importantly, the applicant’s immigration status.”Should we assume that FEMA officials, Stephen DeBlasio Sr. and Veronica Verede have contacted agencies within the U.S. to inform them that foreigners make up the majority of the CNMI's population and some other U.S. funding is needed for them?