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Being geographically isolated from the United States puts our territories at higher risks.

U.S. territory hits ‘amnesty’ as threat

A U.S. territory in the Pacific is battling to stop Congress from imposing federal guest-worker rules and an “amnesty” for current temporary workers, saying aliens could then use the territory as an entry point to get into other places in the U.S.

The government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) says two bills working their way through Congress to impose federal immigration law on the territory would go back on the 1976 convention with the U.S. and put the islands’ economy, already reeling, into a tailspin.

I ask again, as I’ve asked so many times before: Which country does Congress represent? Or perhaps I should say entity considering the long reach of the United Nations. Not only are they desiring to impose a hated amnesty bill upon this country, they are forcing it on our territories, too.

“We think we’re much better qualified to administer to our own needs, as opposed to bureaucratic federal offices 9,000 miles away,” said Richard Pierce, a special assistant to CNMI Gov. Benigno R. Fitial. “Before this is done, people with expertise in immigration should be working with these congressional committees to make sure they truly understand this is going to create a new class of permanent residents we’ve never had before.”

But those pushing the bill say CNMI, which currently writes its own rules for immigration, is a magnet for human trafficking and is a huge hole in U.S. homeland security. (emphasis mine) They say the only solution is to impose the U.S. federal immigration system, which would include a new legal status for some long-term foreign workers.

“The CNMI’s immigration system must be federalized as soon as possible,” David B. Cohen, an Interior Department official, told the Senate at a hearing in July.

Congress has given up hope for a broad immigration bill this year, but the CNMI bills could turn into another round in the immigration debate, particularly if the legislation includes a new legal status for some of the islands’ current guest-workers.

Isn’t that a little bit like the old taxation without representation travesty that brought about the Revolutionary War?

And, as if that isn’t enough:

Conquering America

The Mexican government apparently has no problem with its citizens penetrating the U.S. border by the millions. In fact, it’s been written that increasing the number of Mexicans working illegally in America is among Mexico’s highest foreign-policy objectives.

Yet now comes congressional testimony from Jess T. Ford, the Government Accountability Office’s director of international affairs and trade, that “Mexican sensitivity about its national sovereignty” has made it difficult for the two countries to coordinate counternarcotics activities.

Mexican sensitivity? About its national sovereignty? What about ours?

It’s about time somebody asked about ours. Wonder what took them so long.

Offtopic: There’s another, unrelated article just under the one quoted. It’s an interesting read as well.


October 2007


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