Kilili: No easy answer on CW crisis


Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) said he’s confident that the federal government is trying its best to address the CW crisis in the CNMI, which occurred when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service announced that its Fiscal Year 2015 CW cap of 12,999 had been reached.

“We all know people whose lives are being turned upside down by the unexpected cut-off of applications for CW permits for this fiscal year. No matter what your opinion on having our economy so dependent on foreign workers, we all feel saddened when other human beings face losing their income and leaving a place they have called home for many years.

Sablan also said there may not be a solution to this situation that will satisfy everyone. He, however, assured that the officials he has worked with over the last eight years at USCIS and at the Secretary’s office in the Department of Homeland Security have always done their best to avoid adverse consequences, as the law requires, when implementing federal immigration in the Northern Marianas.

“I am sure that the current CW problem is being carefully discussed at the highest levels at USCIS and DHS and that the USCIS Director and everyone involved with Northern Marianas issues are aware of the urgent need for resolution. If there is a solution, they will find it. But there is no easy answer,” said Sablan.

Saipan Tribune

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