The United Workers Movement has launched a round the clock vigil outside the US Immigration office on Saipan in a bid to have all legal foreign workers granted parole to review their immigration status.
One of the protestors, American Craig Benham has told Radio New Zealand International that non-resident workers in the Northern Mariana Islands should have been granted U.S. citizenship years ago.
“You have a great number of people, between eight and ten thousand Filipinos alone, on this island that are working jobs that the majority of the people will not work. And when they leave, no one is going to remain to take these jobs and do this type of work. It’s going to be an island of turmoil.”
In just over a month the CNMI will move to federalized immigration. The Union is concerned workers without immigration status issued by the US government may be deported.