The U.S. Pinoy for Good Government Marianas Chapter kicked off its outreach program for the youth last Saturday at the El Shaddai Church office in Susupe by educating young church members about the immigration reform bill and the proposed amendments to Section 2109 of the Senate Bill 744.
USP4GG chair Dr. Celia Lamkin said the event was a mini-forum on issues on immigration, citizenship, and the right to vote, among others.
She said some concerns raised by attendees are the separation from their parents who are foreign workers. The uncertainties in their parents’ status if there is a five-year requirement in order to be eligible to apply for green cards were also touched on. Lamkin said others also talked about the situation of friends who have been adopted by a U.S. citizen who are now undocumented and others in parole because they were not petitioned for a green card by their adoptive parents.
She said some of the youth also discussed stories of friends and classmates who were brought legally to the CNMI by their parents as dependents and are now undocumented.
Lamkin also stressed the importance of citizenship and their right to vote.
“Hence, I encouraged the youth who are 18 years old to register and to those who will become 18 years old next year before the deadline for the registration of voters for the 2014 CNMI election.”
For other Filipino youth who would like to be involved in community activities, call Lamkin at 288-1714 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Saipan Tribune)