CNMI: Immigration Court Will Hear Cases of Jobless Foreign Workers

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CNMI – Jobless foreign workers should not fear deportation from the CNMI after the expiration of umbrella permits on Nov. 27, 2011, without having their case heard by immigration court.

This according to attorney Loida Nicolas Lewis, a former general attorney for Immigration and Naturalization Services for 10 years and one of the richest Filipino-Americans who has written books on U.S. immigration law, the Saipan Tribune reports.

Lewis, who also happens to chair the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance, said jobless foreign workers should tell an immigration judge their “equities,” including having U.S. citizen children—especially if they are in the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and other branches of the U.S. military.

These so called equities also include having U.S. citizen mother, father, spouses, sisters, brothers; having been a good member of the community and with no criminal record; not receiving welfare; have paid taxes; and have legally stayed in the CNMI for many years.

Lewis said she also wrote an Oct. 24 letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano requesting that alien workers in the CNMI “be granted deferred status with work permits so that they have legal status beyond the Nov. 27, 2011 deadline.”