8 Jul 2008

CNMI administration to cooperate with US despite lawsuit

10:22 am on 8 July 2008

Officials from the United States Department of Homeland Security are expected to arrive in teh Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas this week to begin talks on the implementation of the new CNMI immigration law.

The Department of Homeland Security is the lead agency tasked with drafting the regulations for the application of the "federalization" law, which requires the U.S. government to assume control of local immigration.

A spokesperson sats Fitial administration will work with the federal officials, even as it pursues legal action to stop the US government's takeover.

Governor Benigno Fitial has announced he had hired a team of U.S.-based attorneys to review a draft complaint challenging the recently enacted immigration law for the Northern Marianas.