CNMI House Opposes Resolution Supporting Legal Status for Long Term Contract Workers


Saipan – The CNMI House Committee on Foreign and Federal Relations is opposing a provision giving legal, long-term foreign workers in the CNMI a chance to apply for improved immigration status such as “green card.”


This after all seven members of the panel agreed to support Rep. Felicidad Ogumoro’s resolution asking U.S. Congress not to act on national immigration reform bills’ even as the same bills seek to provide pathway to citizenship for some 11 million undocumented aliens in the United States.

The committee, chaired by Rep. Trenton Conner, is recommending the full House membership to adopt Ogumoro’s House Resolution 18-34. The next House session would be held on Rota on Friday morning.

Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan, author of the CNMI-specific provision in S. 744 and H.R. 15, has said he remains committed to keeping families together and protecting the CNMI economy in the wake of Ogumoro’s resolution.