So, a few DC Democrats are spending time trying to organize and rally immigrant workers here in Saipan to push for support of a federal take over of the CNMI's immigration.
The US citizens here in on the Islands are appreciative of your work and efforts. There is no question about this fact. The simple reality is that when many chose to leave your country -- many were in search of more freedom and greater opportunity. If US citizenship was part of your goal -- why didn't you simply apply to immigrate to the United States?
Could it be that the immigration system in the United States was difficult for many of you? And, if so, what makes you think it will be easier should the federal takeover happen?
Should a federal takeover occur -- this is what will happen to many of the immigrant workers -- even if you have worked on the CNMI for decades.
First, many will be sent back to their original country of origin. Good luck trying to come back -- even if your children are American citizens. If you don't believe me -- look how many family members are still trying to reunite with relatives who are US citizens and living in the US.
Assuming you follow the laws after a federal take over -- you will have to go back to your original country of origin to reapply for a new working visa -- your application will be placed at the beginning of the line to follow the procedures and timelines of the US immigration system.
Have you spoken to friends who are back in your country of origin? Ask them how long and how difficult it is to get a working visa to the US. This will be the new system that you will be supporting. I have relatives in the Philippines and they applied for working visas to the US -- over 7 years ago and they are still waiting.
Immigrant workers of the CNMI, please don't get sucked in by the DC Democrats. They are truly trying to destroy the CNMI economy. The DC Democrats have already hurt our economy by creating doubt with business owners and possible investors.
If your dream is to be US citizens -- go for it -- I encourage you to pursue your dream. You can apply and try to immigrate to the US at anytime, but know that should a federal takeover happen in the CNMI-- your chances will not improve either way. All that a takeover will accomplish is the destruction of the CNMI economy. The result is the closing of more businesses and the loss of thousands of more jobs -- one of which could be yours. Please save your job and the CNMI and protect us from the onslaught of the DC Democrats. Don't believe their lies.