H.R. 1466, To resolve the status of certain persons legally residing in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands under the immigration laws of the United States (9 comments ↓ | 6 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.R. 1466 would resolve the status of certain persons legally residing in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands under the immigration laws of the United States.

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April 27, 2011, 4:12am (report abuse)

‘(IV) was, on May 8, 2008, an immediate relative, as that term is defined in section 4303 of Title 3 of the Northern Mariana Islands Commonwealth Code in effect on May 8, 2008, of a United States citizen, not withstanding the age of the United States citizen, and continues to be such an immediate relative on the date of the application described under subparagraph (A).

This refers to parents of U.S. citizen children born on or before May 08, 2008 regardless of period of stay in the CNMI and regardless of nationality. They will benefit from this Bill but not those legal non-resident workers who resided and worked in the CNMI for a period of 5, 10, 15, 20 years or more who do not have children on or before the above-mentioned date or got children from May 9, 2008 and on. Those non-resident workers who got married long before the signing of the federalization bill but were not blessed with children will also be discriminated.

This bill needs amendment and rigid public hearings!


April 27, 2011, 4:21am (report abuse)

To add, Department of Interior's recommendations to the US Congress concerning long term non-resident workers status should be taken into consideration. The author of this Bill opposes such recommendation:

The Commonwealth's Congressman is making it clear that he does not support Interior's proposal to Congress. The report suggests that the more than 20 thousand workers that have been here over five years should get long–term status. But Sablan says this is not in the best interest of the commonwealth. “I don't think there's any reason for us to keep anyone here that is not even working. They don't contribute to the economy. We need to look at this in a way that will help the Commonwealth. We also need to start hiring our own people,” he says. Foreign workers have been hoping that Congress follows Interior's proposals quickly. But Sablan says it unlikely U.S. lawmakers will act on immigration this year.

Check "Unheard No More" blog for text of DOI proposal.


May 12, 2011, 8:25pm (report abuse)

This BILL will also REWARD UNFAITHFUL non-residents WIVES AND HUSBANDS who have illegitimate children in CNMI on or before May 8, 2008. I will pray that Mr. Sablan will AMEND this BILL to include non-residents who are more qualified and worthy to get IMPROVED STATUS. I hope he will look at other people's interests as well and not only to selected few.

ACLU 999

July 17, 2011, 7:30am (report abuse)

This bill supports ONLY those nonresident workers who have families that have U.S. citizen members. ALL other nonresident families are exempted. That means 4,000 LEGAL nonresident workers are protected and 12,000 LEGAL nonresident workers are thrown to the wolves. Why are immigration advocates like Reps. Luis Guiterrez, Mike Honda and others supporting this bill that EXCLUDES 12,000 LEGAL nonresident workers when they support legislation for illegal aliens? Are they hypocrites? Terrible legislation that takes our country back to the times of slavery. It proposes limiting travel and denying the legals of rights including voting rights!


August 29, 2011, 4:27pm (report abuse)

This is an unjust bill that puts LEGAL alien workers of CNMI as underclass with no right to travel, vote or ever have basic human rights. Shame on Congress members who support this shameful bill that is a step up from SLAVERY! They want millions of ILLEGALS to get citizenship and NOTHING for the LEGALS of the CNMI.

Horrible Bill

August 29, 2011, 4:37pm (report abuse)

What happened to a COMPREHENSIVE immigration bill for ALL? This bill keeps the LEGAL workers disenfranchised and denied of rights. It is a repugnant and evil bill that creates a new sub-human class where LEGAL foreign workers (Some who worked in the CNMI decades) are not allowed to travel or work outside of the CNMI. The same members of CONGRESS who signed this bill signed other bills to grant ILLEGAL ALIENS PERMANENT RESIDENCY STATUS! LEGALS get the Shaft and ILLEGALS get REWARDED? SOUNDS UNJUST TO ME!

Read about how this bill will hurt the LEGAL foreign workers of the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands:



NMI Watcher

November 6, 2011, 8:59pm (report abuse)

1. This bill will cost the US money for a place that we already pour money to.

2. The NMI uses US US food stamps to subsidize cheap third world labour now

3. This sets a precident giving parents of US kids legal working status

4. This gives free, meaning no fees, green cards to spouses regardless of income

5. Anyone who supports this will not get re-elected if there voters find out

6. If the GOP supports this then the world has gone mad

7. Millions of unemployed Americans may take action if this is publicized in the US

8. The US just spent money to implement the CNRA...and now more?

Dr Tenorio

November 26, 2011, 3:17pm (report abuse)

Lanya, these filipinos want free everything, please pass a bill so they can move to the US mainland. The US should take the Spratley islands and sell them to China to compensate all these free things these people want.

USA watcher

December 12, 2011, 6:01pm (report abuse)

If any presidential candidates support this it should be broadcast in the national news media because if this passes it sets a precident for US immigration and creates a model for 13 million to follow.

Have a baby in the US and you are entitled...no.

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