18 Nov 2013

CNMI House opposed to improved status for legal foreigners

2:39 pm on 18 November 2013

The House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has adopted a resolution asking the United States Congress to scrap a provision that would grant an improved immigration status for foreigners legally in the territory.

The resolution, authored by Felicidad Ogumoro, passed by a vote of 13-5 on Friday.

A resolution is merely an expression of the House's view and doesn't have the full force of law.

The resolution opposes the CNMI-specific provision in any pending national immigration reform bills for long-term foreigners.

The territory's delegate to the US Congress, Gregorio Kilili Sablan, had earlier ensured the provisions were inserted in two bills currently in front of Congress.

The Governor, Eloy Inos, says he supports the push for an improved status for long-term, legal foreigners.