Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Federalization gets one step closer

S. 1634, the bill that would federalize Immigration in the CNMI, is available online. Click HERE to read the bill.

I haven't had the chance to read the bill carefully, but I will. Please educate yourself and read this bill.

I did take a quick glance at the bill, though. Skip on over to line 23 on page 13. It reads:
"(h) ONE TIME NONIMMIGRANT PROVISION FOR CERTAIN LONG TERM EMPLOYEES.-"
It looks like any eligible alien, along with their spouses and children, who have "continually resided, except for brief absences, in the Commonwealth for at least the five years prior to enactment of this Northern Mariana Islands Covenant Implementation Act" will be able to apply for a five year nonimmigrant visa. The alien just has to pass a criminal background and a medical test. The visa will be renewable every five years.

The alien will have one year from the implentation of the act to apply for the visa. After that, the window to get the visa closes.

With the nonimmigrant visa, workers will be able to travel to and work in any of the states and territories. They can stay here and work until the minimum wage reaches the federal level in eight years, go to Guam to assist in the military buildup, or go to California and get a job at Disneyland.

Now, I'm no lawyer, but that is my read on the bill. I suggest you read it for yourself. Click HERE to read the bill.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

does this bill bothers you??

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Whether or not I have a problem isn't the issue. It is going to happen. It would be a good idea to know what is coming.

Bruce A. Bateman said...

Thanks for the link to the bill, Angelo. You're right, it's coming. We need to get as much info as we can about it to prepare for the onslaught.
BB

Anonymous said...

"Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life."

- John F. Kennedy


"Many fears are born of stupidity and ignorance
Which you should be feeding with rumour and generalisation."
-- BOFH 2002, Episode 10.

"If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost."
-- Lloyd Cassel Douglas.

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
-- Abraham Lincoln.

Most businesses do not want federalization. Some in the CNMI government do not want it too. Some just do not know what they're talking about. Generally the people of CNMI are good, peaceful, and loving individuals. It's just being tarnished by interests from different ends. Everybody claims CNMI. Some jobless got nobody to blame but others. Some are just victims of all of these interests.

Is the current governor really for the interests of the people of CNMI?

http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Photograph_shows_Bush_meeting_nowGovernor_of_0123.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2006/02/01/indicted-lobbyist-jack-ab_n_14900.html

or the former?

http://20trueblue.blogspot.com/2006/07/sweeney-defended-sweatshops-and.html

Are the newspapers fair?

http://20trueblue.blogspot.com/2006/07/sweeney-defended-sweatshops-and.html

Now which?

Where there slavery, sweatshops, prostitutions, etc...?

What's the bigger picture? Do all need fight?

Let the people know.