Over 300 CNMI permanent residents and those born in the CNMI between Jan. 1, 1974, and Jan. 9, 1978 fear they will be deported-mainly to the Philippines – if there is no resolution in their immigration status by November 28.
By that date all ‘aliens’ in the Commonwealth must have some form of status under the immigration laws of the United States. Alll Commonwealth-issued entry permits, work permits, or other documents relating to permission to live and or work in the Commonwealth will also cease to have any effect.
The Saipan Tribune reports that Delegate Gregorio Kilili Sablan is trying to help the affected people, with a resolution before the house, which seeks to grant a CNMI-only resident status to four specific groups of people.
Community organisations such as the Coalition for the Recognition, Equality and Advancement of American Minorities, or CREAM, the Unity Group of Foreign Workers, the Dekada Movement and the Marianas Advocates for Humanitarian Affairs Ltd. and their supporters are among those supporting H.R. 1466.