Tuesday, December 11, 2007


BREAKING NEWS 8:14 a.m. House passes CNMI immigration billBy Stephanie Godlewski Pacific Daily News smgodlewski@guampdn.com

8:14 a.m. Dec. 12 — The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the “Northern Marianas Islands Immigration, Security and Labor Act”, which seeks to mandate the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas islands to follow federal immigration laws.The bill would also give the CNMI a delegate to the House of Representatives.Now that the House bill has passed, the Senate will address its version of the legislation later this week, according to Guam delegate Madeleine Bordallo.Bordallo said the bill would help strengthen the relationship between the CNMI and the federal government. “H.R. 3079 represents an important opportunity for this Congress to advance the political relationship between the United States and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, to strengthen homeland security in the Western Pacific Region, and to bring about needed economic and labor reforms for the benefit of both the people of Guam and the CNMI,” Bordallo said.

1 comment:

lil_hammerhead said...

It might be "breaking".. it's not necessarily good. There's a reason Bordallo's going on about it. The provision to improve the immigration status of long-stay workers has been removed.

Hopefully something closer to the Senate version, with the provision still in it, will prevail.