Not beasts of burden


I heard and read a few stories about the CWs in town lately. Many of the CWs whose permits and/or extensions were denied have gone back are preparing to go back to the Philippines.

The heartbreaking story I heard was about the separation of a family—the mother is detained in the immigration detention center, the two U.S. citizen children were left with the father in their home. I understand the mother is going to be deported back to the Philippines. But why separate them while on Saipan, where will the mother go while here.

Laws are made to maintain social discipline; laws should be enforced by people who have a mind and a heart.

It seems that USCIS is filled with people who have forgotten their past. I am sure that each one of them has kin who came to the U.S. to find a better life. That is the same story then and now—in search for a better life. Maybe some are immigrants themselves.

I have been consciously aware of two situations when “aliens” in the U.S. including illegal aliens were pardoned if they come forward thus get their proper documentations for immigration. I wonder why the CNMI was not included in the last amnesty? A strong lobby against the CWs in the CNMI? USCIS plays around with CWs, who in their desire to earn a good living, they are willing to sacrifice themselves including the money that they earned. The fees are so expensive and the paperwork are so much. I say it is a very oppressive system.

The U.S. and the local government better agree on a more human way of treating foreign workers because they are humans not beasts of burden.

First, permission for the foreign workers is until 2019; it is not even halfway. Now it is denial here and denial there. What is really happening?

Is there someone who is clearly thinking about this CW issue who can share the real problem here? To think about it is tiresome. Thank you.

Fe Calixterio
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