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H.R. 3079, To amend the Joint Resolution Approving the Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and for other purposes (319 comments ↓ | 8 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.R. 3079 would amend the Joint Resolution Approving the Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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Phillip Long

July 30, 2007, 7:08am (report abuse)

It would seem to be that since this bill originated in the House that provisions regarding funding for the Federal Implementation of US Immigration on the CNMI, should have and still could be included.

Without a funding provision, guaranteed by the House, we will be doomed to struggle for funding crumbs from an already overwhelmed Deparment of Homeland Security (INS).

Where do you think the focus would be...CNMI? or the Mexico Border?

What about Green Cards? What about the right to vote? What about guaranteed local controls over Tourism entry and Investor entry for "x" amount of years.

Like S. 1634, this bill is far from giving us (the CNMI) what we need.

Jeron Quitugua Romedio, USN Ret.

August 20, 2007, 4:48am (report abuse)

Greetings, Fellow "Locals:"

Get used to it. Get over it. The interests of the nation as a whole supercede the parochial and provincial interests of any of its member individually (states, territories, commonwealths and protectorates alike). If Uncle Sam wants it, Uncle Sam gets it. That's the game, always has been, always will be. Our wise past leaders knew this when they signed us up to join the Grand Old U.S.A. Or did they? Maybe they didn't get it when they ambitiously, rapaciously, voraciously (that's right, with dollar signs in their eyes) voted to join the Union. Face the music. We're a small piece of the U.S., not a sovereign nation. Please come in soon, dear Uncle, to save this place from the scoundrels and the ignorant pretenders who have sunk our islands to depths of depravity far darker and deeper than the great trench by which we reside. Viva America!

Guest

August 28, 2007, 6:53pm (report abuse)

In the news, looks like Gov. Fitial is now amenable on the Federal takeover of the CNMI Immigration and Labor with some concessions such as a 2 year reprieve before application, allow 15 year non-residents to be granted non-immigrant status instead 0f 5 and 10. More money to pay for the adaption. He is now buckling down. Better he seekS compromise than being hard ball. There is no way out anymore the US is determined to impose its will.

LOCALIKE

August 29, 2007, 12:00am (report abuse)

The Gov. will be the last man standing in the federalization bill I salute him with his stand against the will of the great nation. But in the end like the great Saddam found in the rat hole could not even full the triger of his pistol.

Guest Who

August 29, 2007, 12:49am (report abuse)

I am not sure if the governor will be the last man standing against federalization, he is shaken down. Majority of the people are in favor of the federalization. Nothing is happening: economy is going down; no much tourists in sight; utility cost is skyrocketing; local populations leaving the islands; government resources and revenues dwindling down; alms from Uncle Sam not in reach; all other ailments in the economy are sprouting out; local legislature have no idea to survive and fix the problems of the CNMI because they are the cancer of society.

Guest

September 10, 2007, 8:44pm (report abuse)

It seems that almost everyone is resigned and approved of the Federalization of the CNMI Immigration and Labor. Commentators have stopped posting their views. The CNMI governor has clarified himself that he did not mean to say ALL but SOME are illegals among the rallyists. Although the clarification is late but it better than never. Hooray for Federalization. Let us now put the issue to rest since majority of the local people are in favor.

Guest

September 13, 2007, 4:56am (report abuse)

Governor Fitial through his mouth piece, Charles Reyes, is trying to convince Pete A to join him and not fight over federalization of the CNMI Immigration and Labor. Pete A is already dead serious on the federalization. He will not stop lobbying both houses of the US Congress. Majority of the CNMI people are behind him.

ITOS

September 20, 2007, 1:49am (report abuse)

WE ARE NOT AFTER TO YOUR LAND WE ONLY ASKING FOR A LITTLE

WE ARE NOT ILLEGAL, WE ARE THE BACK BONE OF CNMI... WE ARE HELPING TO BUILD UP CNMI ECONOMY WE ARE TAX PAYERS. PLEASE DON'T TAKE AWAY THE PIECES OF BREAD THAT THEY WANT TO GIVE TO LONG -TERM ALIEN RESIDENTS WORKERS...VIVA AMERICA

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AND PHOTOS www.youtube.com and search for SAIPAN FEDERALIZATION

Lovely

September 26, 2007, 1:33am (report abuse)

Why are the people of the CNMI scared of for grandfathering the long term alien workers, afterall they wanted alien workers to go home so they could fill the jobs that contract workers have right now.Is it not an advantage for them?

Guest Who

September 27, 2007, 1:34am (report abuse)

Not all locals are scared of federalization of CNMI Immigration and Labor. At least 40% or less of them are worried. The governor and some of his cabinets are against it but not the CNMI Legislatures in both houses. For the people federalization is a saving grace for some locals due to many years of abuses by the local governance system.

rafiqul

October 16, 2007, 10:59pm (report abuse)

please this only our hope is federailazation,coz. we build up cnmi economy and future for our children,we suffer long enough,15,20,25 years,in this island,waiting for this moment.american dream.please don't take way our pieces of bread that uncale some want to give us.. thanks.

EKITO

October 28, 2007, 2:52pm (report abuse)

Most long-term residents will choose to remain in the CNMI evn if granted non-resident status for they established their lives here already. A case in point is Guam where loads of Filipinos chose to stay there even though they have privelege of moving to mainland. Though essentially being the serving class for the indigenous people, they already felt comfortable living in the CNMI. As for the CNMI folks, please be reminded that this non-immigrant visa will be granted by the feds and not local government. The locals became US citizens by virtue of geography/negotiation and the workers will try to get legal status by dearth of hard work

Kaya

October 30, 2007, 7:40pm (report abuse)

Whenever one is used to living in the same place tendency that he/she will not think of resettling somewhere else. Eventually the minimum wage will reach the federal level. Since they are already accustomed to local living standards, therefore, they are going to stay foot in the CNMI. What is Guam for them if they are not welcomed.

Concern Guest

October 31, 2007, 9:16pm (report abuse)

Locals should not be worried bec.if Federalization will come not all alien workers will be qaulified even with 5,10 and more years of stay bec. of requirements to be submitted and will be assessed by INS. They are very strict on those. Give chance to long-term resident workers who have been dedicated their lives in favor of CNMI development.

Batch 1991

November 1, 2007, 12:14am (report abuse)

God wants us to live in "peace" and not worrying what tomorrow will bring. He promised, He will not leave us nor forsake us. Let us trust God that He will give the best for His people. If "federalization" is best for all the people of the CNMI, residents and non-residents as well...pray for it. Pray also for all the U.S. lawmakers who will deliberate on S. 1634 and H.R. 3079 soon. Pray for everybody's understanding for whatever outcome of these Bills would be. GOD BLESS ALL!!!

Guest from Rota

November 4, 2007, 5:18am (report abuse)

Federalization over CNMI should be given a chance, CNMI should not left behind. Lets learn from the past like Hawaii and Guam, lets follow thier footstep. Gov. Fitial, please open your heart, think of the future of the Island.

calvin m

November 4, 2007, 5:20pm (report abuse)

let us all pray for the passage of the bill,i think all the people here in nmi will get benefit for this especially local people.because the non resident worker are here only to do their job and responsibilities to help the cnmi community not to take their island.nonresident workers give the very best to help and to maintain good quality for the people of cnmi.if you give them a chance to change the status i think the cnmi economy will more productive,quality,honest,respect and dedicated.HAFA ADAI,THANK YOU,& SALAMAT PO.

ezthere

November 6, 2007, 9:38am (report abuse)

Big Lip's Fitial. sour grapes buddy. He's one of those folks, "if I cant have it no one will"... Hey OIL is going to 100 bucks good luck to your bloated gov and economy.

SaipanBoi

November 7, 2007, 5:22pm (report abuse)

It seems that local people are not looking in the future all they envy is the Filipinos who will be granted a Visa for them to be able to work, travel & study anywhere in the U.S. soil. They dont care about the future of the island, look at us now, businesses are closing, robbery here and there and the economy is getting worst.

Mike

November 9, 2007, 12:31pm (report abuse)

I disagree with the deletion granting non-immigrant status to the alien workers, I feel that these alien workers should be given the right to enjoy and improve their status in the CNMI, no one not even the Fitial has the right to tell these people what do, these people are the workforce of the CNMI and without them we are nothing.

ezthere

November 12, 2007, 4:27am (report abuse)

Mike since there are two bills, and I have read, just because the non-immigrant status "5 year" provision has been removed. It's only a time line. These folks will be able to apply at for non-immigrant status anytime.

Its all sour grapes. It matters not to the NMI.

ratbu

November 15, 2007, 10:28am (report abuse)

to congress pass it now pls

steven young

November 18, 2007, 8:12pm (report abuse)

im leaving saipan tom.i stay here for almost 11 years and the last few years i think saipan is going to sink because of the law that they passed.i would like to seek help from the US goverment to help the passage of the bill and to help all the foreign workers here.you need to federalized this island so that you can control & check what these local politicians wrong doing.thank you and goodbye to all my friend here in saipan.

Jany

November 18, 2007, 11:56pm (report abuse)

Please give us a chance! Gov.Fitial has signed the labor "REFORM" bill into a Law.

He offends Federal ombudsman...his mouth getting bigger and bigger. We don't want this island, but we just live in peace without being separated from our family. Am I asking too much?

cuc

November 19, 2007, 7:51am (report abuse)

we dont do gen.strike like what you think,we need a fair treatment.mr.felipe Q.Atalig if you think that all the guest worker is stupid close your business we are not a robot.

Batch 1991

November 19, 2007, 6:41pm (report abuse)

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people: WENDY DOROMAL, TINA SABLAN, EUGENE SABLAN, LUPE MANGLONA, RON HODGES, ED PROPST, JOE HILL, STEPHEN WOODRUFF, MARK HANSON & ALL THE OTHER INDIVIDUALS OF THE CNMI who are touching the lives of all the non-residents GUEST WORKERS in any way. Knowing that some people care make a difference. GOD BLESS YOU PEOPLE!

Hero's of Saipan

November 25, 2007, 6:51pm (report abuse)

I would like like to thank our few legal supporters Joe Hill, Mark Hanson, and especially Steve Woodruff for their free assistance. I would like to thank our lobbyist Wendy Doromal for years of support. I would like to thank our outspoken and heroic writers, Tina Sablan, Doc Murdock, Tony Pelligrino, Ed Propst, Ambrose Bennet, and my personal favorite, Ron Hodges, for convincing words proving that the pen can topple empires. Thanks to all of you.

Fab 4 for Nobel Prize

November 25, 2007, 7:16pm (report abuse)

Was anyone else concerned that four Saipan residents got suggested for the Pulitzer Prize and one of Saipan's newspapers (the one owned by garment industry) refuses to report the story? That is disturbing. Why stop at the pulitzer Prize anyway.

I think Wendy Doromal, Tina Sablan, Ron Hodges, and Ed Propst are international celebrities for speaking out against the mob in Saipan, where slave shops rule.

I would vote for all of the fab 4 for a Nobel Prize for courage at the risk of personal risks. The residents of Saipan and the world should thank them all for speaking for all us.

Saipan Writers

November 25, 2007, 8:17pm (report abuse)

What exactly did those writers nominated for the Pulitzer Prize from Saipan in the northern Marianas Islands say? I have researched and will list below.

Tina Sablan

November 25, 2007, 8:22pm (report abuse)

"A rising tide floats all boats." It applies well to the reason I support the efforts of nonresidents to improve their status here. Just as I believe that the status quo has hurt all of us, so too do I believe that we all stand to benefit from reform.

TINA SABLAN

Ed Propst

November 25, 2007, 8:26pm (report abuse)

What is the ultimate dream job here in the CNMI? A fat government job where we can take 15 smoke breaks a day; take 20 coffee breaks a day; read the local newspapers for an hour; surf the Internet and update our myspace webpage for a couple of hours while chatting on MSN with our relatives in the U.S. while downloading the latest MP3s; leave the office for two hours to attend our third cousin's auntie's friend's half-brother's daughter's great uncle's funeral; leave the office for an hour in our air-conditioned government car to run “official errands” when we're really just going to the bank, picking up and dropping off our kids to and from school, and stopping by the store to buy more cigarettes and pugua so we can have the energy to get through the day.

Ed Propst

RON HODGES

November 25, 2007, 8:37pm (report abuse)

We need to pack the textile industry remnants on a slow boat to China, sue them for human abuses, indict them for damage to our fragile environment, freeze their bank accounts here and abroad, and add another C holiday on our calendar in memory of their exodus. The international community would applaud us for decency at the cost of economic hardship, and our reputation in the eyes of our children and the world would be on the mend.

Ron Hodges

RON HODGES

November 25, 2007, 8:43pm (report abuse)

“The most effective way the US could enact change here is to grant citizenship or improved status to the poor, disenfranchised masses of Saipan. It would be the most decent thing done here since the Marines swarmed Sugar Dock, and it would make me proud to call myself an American and a CNMI resident“.

Ron Hodges

WENDY DOROMAL

November 25, 2007, 10:00pm (report abuse)

The United States needs to have one cohesive immigration policy for the United States mainland and its territories to ensure just treatment of guest workers and immigrants, to provide security for its borders, and to guarantee that the democratic values of our nation are upheld on U.S. soil.

Wendy Doromal

Sweatshop watch

November 27, 2007, 4:15pm (report abuse)

The CNMI House of Representatives has introduced a resolution calling Ron Hodges persona non grata, apparently asking for his departure from the islands....WOW. The corruption in the land of Willie Tan and Jack Abramoff must be on the run.

Unity March

November 27, 2007, 4:20pm (report abuse)

New member elect to the CNMI House of Representatives, Tina Sablan, is calling for a unity march Friday, December 7, 2011 to protest the local island slave labor bill recently passed into law as PL-108 and nicknamed the Island Slave Law. The march also asks for HR 3079 to include an improved status for the workers there.

Batch 1991

November 27, 2007, 7:13pm (report abuse)

Peaceful Unity March is scheduled on Friday, December 7, 2007. Year 2011 is when exodus of foreign workers to their native lands will begin. I am just thinking of the average number of NRW who need to exit every month starting January 01, 2011. WOW! Give me a figure.

wicked

November 28, 2007, 9:44am (report abuse)

Fitial said, that the passing of the bill PL 15-108 (that gives a 3 year limit to a nonresident worker) is to remind the contract workers that Saipan isn't their home...How dare he say that!!! Could you e more inconsiderate Mr. Gov? Now that you're sick and planning to go to the Philippines for a medical checkup. I really hope that somebody puts a pillow on top of your head while you sleep.......

Batch 1991

November 28, 2007, 4:36pm (report abuse)

Ron Hodges is the subject of the controversial resolution authored by Stanley Torres and supported by 8 other CNMI lawmakers, declaring a law abiding U.S. citizen living peacefully in the CNMI but who cannot tolerate injustices to other people, "PERSONA NON GRATA". Well Ron, you can find some supporters on Marianas Variety 11/29/07 issue. Wait until President George Bush send his own letter about this House Resolution. More Power To You! God Bless! AMERICA LAND OF THE FREE!

Saipan local resident

December 1, 2007, 4:02pm (report abuse)

We never asked the filipinos to come so we do not owe them green cards or anything else. I wish the chinese would go home and the filipinos can take 3.55 per hour or leave to.

Concerned resident

December 1, 2007, 4:06pm (report abuse)

Can Ron Hodges be made to leave the CNMI? He has been called a racist, threatened to be deported, and has his address labeled by the 15th legislature for who knows what? Can he sue the henchmen?

Team Guam

December 2, 2007, 2:16pm (report abuse)

When will the US sweep up those gangsters in Saipan and put them all behind bars?

Concerned American

December 2, 2007, 2:20pm (report abuse)

What is the Department of Interior doing about this....and federal law enforcement....and the President?

CALVIN M

December 2, 2007, 11:37pm (report abuse)

mr.guapito greg cruz,pls.mind your own business.tina sablan is a good person.she has the right to help all the people in this island not what you are thinking,she is a local resident but her heart is for all the people to make this island more productive,do you know the meaning of "UNITY"?

Lokalike

December 3, 2007, 3:55am (report abuse)

Hey "Wicked" I know you really feel bad about the stand of the Gov. opposing the federal take over specially the non immigrant visa for alien worker but remember the culture of Filipinos is very hospitable and you can not do that to a visitor like the ailing Gov. let him live to suffer more of his sickness.

Lokalike

December 3, 2007, 4:18am (report abuse)

Let him see the "bitterness of his times" so he will suffer more and more and more...

Please help Saipan

December 3, 2007, 10:15pm (report abuse)

The 15th CNMI legislature has unanomously passed House of Representative resolution of persona non gratis against Ron Hodges of Saipan, demanding he vacate the commonwealth or "not avail himself of island living" for speaking against oppresion here.

Confused

December 3, 2007, 10:20pm (report abuse)

Can a state legislature do that to an American or is it an honorary title?

Guess Who

December 4, 2007, 12:14am (report abuse)

It really showed how narrow and shallow the mind of the CNMI legislators are. Making a U.S. citizen presona non grata in a U.S. soil is unacceptale under the U.S. Constitution. Therefore, it is about time that U.S. Congress impose Federalization of immigration and labor in the CNMI so that their "This is Our Island Mentality" will changed for the better. Lets Go Federalization. Lets Go Congress.

CNMI watchdog

December 5, 2007, 2:22pm (report abuse)

The CNMI Senate scrapped the "Ron Hodges censor resolution " after it passed the NMI House of Representatives. The bill called him a racist and identified the physical address of him, his wife, and two year old son for God knows what type blowback. Has anyone ever witnessed such legislative cowarace?

M. Sablan

December 5, 2007, 2:30pm (report abuse)

I respect those fighting an uphill battle against coruption in my home. Ron called the Congress here "feeble-minded shameless crooks"....and that really sums it up.

local68

December 5, 2007, 10:22pm (report abuse)

federalization is not the solution. The economic report that came out was an eye opener that showed how irresponsible legislation can kill a fragile economy. By the way did the feds provide any relief. Federalization of immigration will only result in another federal law without any economic relief. Did you all think they were going to do anything else after this. I think that teachers like Ron need to pack their bags and go home. Teaching is not a right. Tina has been nominated for a replacement to the Santo Nino.

CNMI watchdog

December 5, 2007, 10:38pm (report abuse)

Doromal flew in from Forida today. Fitial is trying to knife the march and stir violence. One writer suggest a Ron Hodges Day holiday. Dozens of writers are now stepping forward for decency here. All eyes will be on Tina tomorrow.

James Williams

December 6, 2007, 6:00am (report abuse)

Having worked and lived on Saipan and still consider it home, I have a spot in my heart for the CNMI. Time brings about change that is often the handiwork of others who are disassociated with the outcomes of their creation. Several years ago, I taught school on the Hopi Indian reservation in Northern Arizona. Uncle Sam came up with PL 638, the Indian Self-Determination Act. At the time many young people flocked to embrace the words self-determination. Meanwhile the elders took a deep breath and decided to oppose it. Why, simply because the PL 638 was the design of the federal government, and the elders knew the work of the trickster all too well. The law was designed to put upon the reservations the responsibility of medical care and education cost, the two precious jewels of treaties past. The trick was to get the Native Americans to amend their own treaty, loosing what the elders knew was their golden goose. Beware CNMI; the trickster is still up to some old tricks.

calvin m

December 6, 2007, 9:53pm (report abuse)

hey local 68 if you think tina is replacement to santo nino you are absolutely right coz santo nino cares and protect people around the whole world.maybe you are the one nominated to replace greg 'sadam' cruz.

Batch 1991

December 7, 2007, 4:37pm (report abuse)

December 07 unity march was a great success. People have spoken...hello....CNMI Lawmakers....hello......U.S. Congress!

local68

December 8, 2007, 12:12am (report abuse)

calvin m...narrow feeble minded is what i characterized individuals such as yourself. Unless you show me what the economic benefits are to federalization then maybe you can convince me. other than that Guam continues to push for its quest for Commonwealth.

What does Guam say? They do not want anymore guest workers or migrant workers from the CNMI. Oh yeah..Hawaii also does not want and support the implementation of an improved immigration status.

You can rant with the gang but think before you act.

calvin m

December 8, 2007, 8:31pm (report abuse)

local 68.ok let us wait this coming year what is the result of what we are fighting for,and for your information i am not a guest worker i am an american citizen who will support for the rights of every people.and you know only the politicians from guam and hawaii are opposing the federalization of this island not the majority of the people.benefits from the FEDERAL goverment and the tax of every people including the guest worker is what the cnmi need.my friend merry xmas and a federalization new year!

Local Immigrant

December 11, 2007, 2:30am (report abuse)

My mother grew up in poverty and move to the CNMI for a better life. Because of her painful childhood i devote my self entirely to helping improve the CNMI. As I grew up, I joined various organizations that provided service to the community and participated in activities that help build a child’s education. I am currently in the US attending college so that I can go back and provide my services. I look forward to coming back despite the economic hardships we all face.

I hate to bring it up but can my past performances and anticipated future doings be considered repaying the debts incurred for having my mother here? If so, then would consider Federalization to be beneficial?

If you were to compare a full local (Chamorro/Carolinian/Both) to a Half local and half whatever nationality, and see how much they’ve contribute to society, which portion would be the majority? Just thought I’d share the heart of a half blooded immigrant.

saipan guest worker

December 11, 2007, 5:43pm (report abuse)

we hear the house bill has passed without improved status

we hope the senate can help us so our kids will not be sent to the poverty in our homeland

we thank david cohen, jim benedetto, and representative christensen for all they do for us

we thank our great new leader hear tina sablan

we thank mr ron hodges...our weatherman

most of all we thank mom, wendy doromal for her years of help

Batch 1991

December 11, 2007, 7:12pm (report abuse)

Don't lose hope "saipan guest worker". UNITED WE STAND, UNITED WE FALL. WE WILL ALWAYS BE UNITED BY COMMON FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE. Perhaps, something is missing here, UNITED STATES (?). Merry Christmas and a Federalization New Year [borrowed from calvin m] !!!

Feliz Pasqua

December 13, 2007, 1:55am (report abuse)

To the people opposing the federalization of the CNMI... I don't know what the heck is wrong with you people! What are you too scared of, economy going down the drain? What economy are you talking about? Only now you are all concerned of our economy you should have known that it (economic downturn) was coming because of the islands unfriendly laws for businesses. Because the government for the longest time ignored all other businesses and focused only to one great Willie Tan! You want more relief from the federal government what for? So that corrupt people seated in our government offices could have more funds? Federalization is coming weather you like it or not.

Unheard no more

December 14, 2007, 1:20pm (report abuse)

my heartfelt thanks go out to jim benedetto, david cohen, allen staymen, donna christensen, nick rahall, steve woodruff, mark hanson, joe hill, tina sablan, ed propste,mr ron hodges, wendy doromal, and so many others for your support.

Namauleg

December 17, 2007, 10:11am (report abuse)

Accountabilty is the new buzzword around town. The American people can no longer be fooled, or the federal coffers fleeced by the clever CNMI (CanNot Make It work anymore)leadership. The governor is from the Turtle Clan (Carolinian traditional island tribe)befitting of his position against federalization. Cries of "Yankees go home, foreigners don't belong,go back to your poverty" towards the very people who were the backbone of economy

is so very disconcerting. Now we hear cries of "independence, land for the indigenous only, all others go home," are truly missing the point, missing the boat, and missing a few

screws upstairs.

Working Mom

December 17, 2007, 11:40pm (report abuse)

My 3 kids was born here and they love to live here more than to stay in Phil. They already went & spent vacation there. But their heart belongs here and they love to be with their brothers & sisters here be it chamorro/chuukese/chinese/korean & other nationalities. Why is it that these little kids can love other kids regardless of color/race. I pray that we will be one united to make this island a better place to live. Let us share LOVE this christmas season.

sonofsaipan

December 18, 2007, 4:04am (report abuse)

for 486 yrs on these islands my blood has been spilled, mixed, and so called cleansed by those who have said that their actions were justified for the betterment of my life. I stand here today, my physical appearance no longer recognizable from it's original characteristics from centuries ago, but my soul, my true warrior soul has never changed. This is the one thing that could never be taken from me. Many in the past have tried but have long since failed and have left, but i still stand. It hurts me so much to see that those in favor of this bill are only opening their eyes to the present state of where the CNMI lies. To really understand you must go back before the creation of the CNMI to the beginning. You can find out all about it on a book called The History of the Northern Mariana Islands. Those who do not remember the past...are doomed to repeat it. Just ask the Spaniards, the Germans and The Japanese.

sonofsaipan

December 18, 2007, 4:09am (report abuse)

PREBA HAO!!!!!

S B Owner

December 18, 2007, 5:30am (report abuse)

Saipan economy like a boat is fetally sinking in the Pacific. Business opening is worse than closure. Survival is from starvation to mummy.Only expeditious federalization can save them. The delayed federalization can only encounter the mummy of the survival.

sonofsaipan

December 18, 2007, 4:04pm (report abuse)

The USA is federally aged at over 231yrs old and are still encountering the controversial problems that the CNMI, locally aged at over 30yrs old is currently said to be encountering. I just can't understand why the proponents of this bill are arguing that federalization will benefit everyone. If the proponents are saying that the CNMI Gov't is corrupt, negligent and abusive, then don't you think that for 231yrs the US Gov't would've fixed all their problems by now. If You were to say that it takes time, then by all means give it time, give the CNMI time.

PREBA HAO!!!!!!!

sonofsaipan

December 18, 2007, 4:06pm (report abuse)

With all the arguments against the CNMI as mentioned, by comparison, Federalization will basically mean the removal of one street hoodlum and to be replaced by a more sinister, conniving, absolute authority, absolute power Mafioso. If federalization does pass, then remember this, of all the non-residents only a few may be granted the privileges of the provisions, therefore leaving the remaining large percentage to be sent off with no due process or no hearing, because of beauracracy and That's the Federal Way. On the upside, Labor & Immigration sectors will be 100% federally funded therefore beefing up their enforcement capabilities more n' more locals will apply for these positions and i guess these newly hired and federally employed agents will be more than happy to escort that large percentage right up to the departure gates. More pay by Uncle Sam to fill the frying pan...and that's food for thought.

PREBA HAO!!!!!!!

Rota & Tinian workers

December 18, 2007, 5:59pm (report abuse)

all the hoopla seems to be about strippers and garment slaves on saipan but what about farmers and maids on the outer islands

abuse on saipan can be multiplied by ten for impoverished rota workers and organized crime has a lockdown on tinian

Add comment

December 20, 2007, 7:09pm (report abuse)

Sour Grapes or sweet wine. I think we should bolt and try to get a Compact treaty with China.

Sick & Tired

December 25, 2007, 7:34pm (report abuse)

This bill is for the interest of federal govt. They raised the issue of abused alien workers blah! blah! blah! to implement this act. What happen to you "animals" you were abused and re abused and you go home one by one are you benefited on this bill!!! No way you are just a pawn and disposable commodities.

PUGUA

December 26, 2007, 4:52am (report abuse)

for "sick & tired",Why you cant accept that the Federalization is the best for CNMI?That without the help of Uncle Sam ,you are nothing but a cheap betel nut chewer.Before you say something look at yourself..coconut head

lanya

December 26, 2007, 10:32pm (report abuse)

Sick & Tired, you are a PARASITE!!!

Lokalike

December 27, 2007, 5:23pm (report abuse)

Pugua & lanya you don't see the point of sick & tired this bill is only for the US self interest of national security they used the issue of abused workers to advanced this bill. They removed the ploy provision of non immigrant visa to work and study anywhere in the US territory. Now what will be the status of this abused worker? To both of you are you happy with this come out with this bill?

Lanya

December 28, 2007, 6:53am (report abuse)

Lokalike, what is the feds interest in this island? can you tell us? It is the CNMI that was and always benefited and you are enjoying it right now! If the fed s leave you, where are you? Comeon man, wake up. It's 21st century and you still don't have anything that the world has it since Magellan.

Lanya

December 28, 2007, 6:56am (report abuse)

Share it, you're not gonna get hungry or force out from here, this is your island nobody will take it. What's the problem if we stay or move to the US? we don't understand.

Geoffrey

December 28, 2007, 7:04am (report abuse)

Most foreigners are proponents for US fed on this island because they want to improve themselves (either leave or stay in this island)...and at the same time help this island (neither leave or stay, it's up to you). Those who opposing it, please say it in facts why. I think this is a better comment that we can read instead of dissing each other.

Geoffrey

December 28, 2007, 7:08am (report abuse)

I don't see any reason why some against the fed because we will leave and why against it because we will stay. The only reason I can see is that you want us to be like what we are right now and always. Be pragmatic

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