In the news... U.S. Officials here to implement new Labor and Immigration laws:
Tonight listening to officials from Homeland Security and various other departments, what I gathered they were saying, as I've been saying all along, is this.
The following are my own thoughts only and not a representation of any U.S. Government agency, just the thoughts of a ordinary citizen having been a U.S. resident all my life.
They want to meet and sit down with local officials and draft the new rules and regulations (R&R's) to meet the needs of the CNMI. The job of Homeland Security is to protect the citizens of the United States, that is their number one job, they are here to do just that. They didn't write a list of R&R's that they are going to force upon you and enforce them no matter what, as the governor seems to think. Rather they are here to mold the necessary R&R's to make things work here.
I will bet that there will ....
1 - Always be enough labor, whether it be guest workers or trained locals getting a fair wage, that the economy will never falter because of these new rules.
2 - More and more locals will be trained to replace guest workers, over a period of time.
3 - The U.S. government is not here to throw you under the bus, but rather to pull you out of the one you are already under.
4- They will not ruin your economy, you did that all by yourselves already, but rather rescue you from this mess and guarantee your security..
5- You will have a say, if you do indeed sit down with them, to voice every concern you may have on your mind, and it will be addressed. You may not have your own way with everything you ask for, as you have made many bad decisions before, this will NOT be your own cakewalk.
6 - Everyone that has a reason to be affected by these R&R's will have a voice, from the governor to the guest worker, and to everyone in between.
7 - You will be better off than you were before, now or ever.
The governor needs to get involved in this process and help make it work or else he needs to get the hell out of the way with his 'it'll ruin the economy' stance and let sharper and clearer minds take charge.
Now if after a year of implementing of these new R&R's, there are some studies made of the success or failures of these new R&R's, it would be at that time, if there is a problem, the U.S. will again sit down and help make amendments. If this does not happen it would then be AT THAT TIME a reason to take the Federal Government to court and sue for a changes, that is how that works. To sue now before you know what the outcome of the rules and regulations, yet to be drafted, will be ludicrous and rather stupid.
Give it a chance to work!