25 Jun 2008

CNMI to sue US over labour link to new immigration law

1:34 pm on 25 June 2008

The Governor of the Northern Marianas, Benigno Fitial, is poised to sue the U.S. government over the Commonwealth's new immigration law.

Governor Fitial announced last night on television that he has hired a team of U.S.-based lawyers to review a draft complaint challenging the recently enacted immigration law for the Northern Marianas.

He says his Government is not questioning the authority of Congress to apply the existing federal immigration laws, but says its complaint is over the labour provisions of the legislation, which have never been part of the immigration laws.

The Governor says his decision to sue the U.S government came after consultation with different sectors of the local community, including the Legislature and the businesses.

Mr Fitial says the damaging effects of the immigration law are starting to show with major constructions projects already struggling for labourers because of the cap on foreign workers.