VIDEO: CNMI Report: Fitial Slams CNMI Federalization Law in Testimony Before Congress


Saipan – In his testimony before the Insular Affairs Subcommittee, CNMI Governor  Benigno R. Fitial slammed what he called the failed promises of the law that federalized the Commonwealth during a public hearing held early this morning in Washington, D.C.

SEE Insular Subcommittee’s Hearing on CNMI Federalization law & H.R. 44, The Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act and Visa Waiver Bill

The governor said the uncertainty created by the Consolidated Natural Resources Act has created an unacceptable limbo situation that has severely hampered new investment and has created morale problems throughout the community.

Specifically, Fitial scored Congress for its failure to grant visa waivers, failure to deport illegal aliens, failure to monitor the exit of tourists, and failure to provide the CNMI with useful reports.

Speaking before the House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs, Fitial said businesses have already lost their investments and others are expected to close if promises made when the law that placed CNMI immigration under federal control is not fully implemented.

He said the CNRA is being implemented to reshape—and substantially hurt—the economy and community of the Commonwealth.