Wednesday, December 05, 2007

How many garment workers are there on Saipan?

2000: 18,000
2007: 4,000
2010: 0*

H.R. 3079 is expected to be voted on this week. keeps track of the status of the bill. The Library of Congress keeps track of important information regarding this bill, too.

Check it out.



The bill was sent back to committee. Wonder if it will die there?



Bruce A. Bateman said...

That was an interesting, but dour, presentation.

I thought his population estimate of less than 60,000 total was probably correct. Given 7 years of a high birth rate on the plus side and major losses of both contract workers and escaping citizens on the other, it sounds like a good guess.

SteeleOnSaipan said...

4000 garment workers currently working in garment factories, maybe. Another 4000 running around Garapan at night = 8000. Another 1000 working farms and selling produce across island = 9000. Another.....

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

so you think they are still here illegally?

SteeleOnSaipan said...

Most. Some may have a non-expired, valid work permit but I'd be willing to bet that most of those permits don't state a job that requires pandering on the streets of our tourist district. Though labor and immigration appear to be working hard to eliminate scam, employment sponsorships and the like, the practice was so wide-spread, so many persons who came here as tourists now have work permits. This is the fuel for the fire for those who favor the controversial labor reform bill.

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

The tourist visa to work permit is one of those things that is illegal, but you can get around it.

I went to Japan on a tourist visa but started work on a work visa.

Once I got it I just had to take a leave the country for one day and come back.

Illegal, but technically not.

bigsoxfan said...

Same here, so far. On the bill, they might (if they are smart) be waiting for input from the march. If they aren't {most likely} they just don't want a difficult bill to get in the way of the holidays) The PI might not be so bad a place, people.

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

The bill passed. Now it has to pass the Senate and get signed by W.