Status ahead for long-term workers

Sep 16, 2019

Action is scheduled in the House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday for H.R. 560, my bill providing permanent status in the Marianas for long-term workers and investors. There are about 2,875 workers and 56 investors, according to testimony from the Government Accountability Office at the hearing I held on my bill in February. Originally, H.R. 560 also covered immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and other groups, who had been granted humanitarian parole by the Obama administration. The Trump administration ended that program last year, but I was able to get separate legislation enacted in June giving the 1,039 parolees permanent status. Now I want to do the same for long-term workers and for investors, who originally came in under Marianas immigration law. Giving these workers permanent status will help to stabilize the labor situation in the Marianas. And permanent status for investors will encourage them to keep their businesses in our islands.