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S. 1237, The Omnibus Territories Act of 2013 (3 comments ↓ | 6 wiki edits: view article ↓)

S. 1237 would improve the administration of programs in the insular areas.

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Ron H

July 18, 2013, 3:52am (report abuse)

This should be called the reverse federalization of the Commonwealth Act of 2013 and restricts min wage, extends the status quo, and allows foreign businesses to operate without a visa indefinatly.

The foreign interests that successfully funded Jack Abramoff’s bribery scandal of the US House of Representatives by blocking this original bill for a decade, support this measure.

Concerned citizens may inform members of Congress and their voters because unemployed Americans may also have concerns with such pork barrel spending given the massive funding US taxpayers pour into the Northern Marianas Islands.

CNMI voters must demand the same opportunity and protections afforded citizens of Guam and the US mainland, and following current law will ensure that.

Concerned American

December 18, 2013, 3:31am (report abuse)

The current law was debated in the news and Halls of Congress for years until this was finally passed against Jack Abramoff’s lobby team (from the DHS site)

Will any extensions of the transition period, as determined by the Secretary of Labor, affect eligibility for the CNMI-only investor visas?

No. The CNMI-only investor status ends at the end of the transition period. Any extension by the Secretary of Labor will apply only to the CNMI transitional worker category. As mandated by the CNRA, the investor provisions will terminate on December 31, 2014, regardless of whether an extension to the transitional worker provision occurs.

Concerned American

December 18, 2013, 3:32am (report abuse)

This is a crime against US citizens in the CNMI. This revised version extends non-US visa holding foreigners which control virtually all CNMI business another 5 year extension. Mainland citizens require background and security clearances, financial records, following US labor laws, and certain minimal investment levels but this bill would give a free pass to all alien investors which would harm citizens in our Commonwealth for years to come. Considering the decent citizens of the CNMI have already been forced to compete with a cheap labor force for a generation, enough is enough. The CNMI citizens need the same protections that other Americans get.

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