Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) issued the following statement to clarify yesterday’s story in the Saipan Tribune titled, “Categorical parole bill hits snag.”
“Immigration is one of the most difficult policy areas at this time in Congress, so it was unfair of me to lay the blame for delay of H.R.559 entirely on the Department of Homeland Security.
“In fact, the disagreement that has slowed the bill has come from Congress as well, and from both Democrats and Republicans.
“This is frustrating because there are 1,038 individuals in the Marianas, whose futures are at stake.”
“Fortunately, in Washington, [D.C.], during the current two-week Easter break, all parties are talking and making a sincere effort to come to agreement. I am grateful to the Department of Homeland Security and to the House Judiciary and Natural Resources committees for their work. And I remain hopeful that we will be able to pass a bill in the House early next month.” (PR)