December 26, 2012
The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Saipan Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Human Resources-NMI have written a joint letter to USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas requesting that CW workers be allowed to continue working while their pending approvals are processed.
The USCIS could not even process initial applications in a timely manner, with over 2,500 of the 12,247 original CW applications still remaining unprocessed over a year after they were submitted. Of course the renewal process will also be completed at a snail's pace since it is obvious that this program is not a priority of USCIS.
I wrote some letters also! My solution is simple. Grant green cards to the legal, longterm foreign workers so that they can be made whole and the business community will have the skilled workforce it needs. This solution would also greatly reduce, and eventually end, the expensive and dysfunctional CNMI guest worker program.
On Exempting Social Security Taxes for Filipino Guest Workers
While people are celebrating the fact that the IRS will continue the exemption of Filipino workers from paying FICA tax, why is no one speaking out about the fact that thousands of Chinese, Bangladeshis and other foreign worker do pay the tax and will never see a penny in social security retirement benefits?
I would guess that many of the CNMI employers who protested the tax were more concerned with their own wallets rather than the injustice to their Filipino employees. Employers have to kick in the employer's share of the the FICA tax.
No CW or temporary guest worker that does not have a green card in his or her future or a pathway to citizenship, should be paying social security tax. To be eligible to collect Social Security retirement benefits, a worker would have to acquire 40 quarters or work for ten years in the U.S. This is not likely since under the new federal system, just as in the former CNMI immigration system, CW workers are regarded as disposable commodities and not as future citizens. There was no provision in the CNRA for status and is no law on the books now.
As CNMI rapes, murders, brutal assaults and burglaries remain unsolved or ignored, Governor Fitial refuses to nominate a qualified commissioner for the Department of Public Safety. Instead he juggles his acting commissioner appointments between the two Ogumoro brothers, Ambrosio and Aniceto. Both have criminal records. Both are more concerned with carrying out the governor's corrupt schemes then in ensuring public safety.
Why isn't the US Department of Justice investigating this federally funded thug squad? Why aren't more foreign governments protesting? The most recent unsolved brutal rapes, murders and assaults have been committed against foreigners.