17 Jul 2008

Fitial asks federal officials for two things on draft immigration law

10:02 am on 17 July 2008

The government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has finished its series of meeting with United States officials on new immigration regulations.

Officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies tasked with drafting new federal labor and immigration rules for the CNMI were in the commonwealth for several days,

Governor Benigno R. Fitial, who has announced plans to sue the U.S. government over the new immigration law, says he made two requests of the visiting federal delegation.

He asked to see a copy of the draft immigration regulations prior to publication. and urged that the number of foreign workers in the Commonwealth be kept at its current level for the first two years of the transition period.

A news release issued by the Fitial administration quotes the federal officials as saying they would consider the governor's requests.