Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said the White House received the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act today, but President Donald Trump may take until July 24 to sign the bill.
Torres said the White House called today and informed him that they received the CW bill officially today after lunch.
He said he was informed that the President will sign the bill, but to be patient as it may take until July 24 because of a backlog of bills the President needs to sign.
Additionally, Torres said the White House is working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to get the new law implemented as quickly as possible.
The U.S. Workforce Act raises the number of permits for 2019 to 13,000. The Trump administration cut the number of CW permits for 2019 in half, to 4,999, leaving many CNMI businesses without needed workers.