15 May 2010

CNMI gearing up for Sunday immigration protest

7:18 am on 15 May 2010

Thousand of people in the Northern Marianas are expected to take part in a protest motorcade this Sunday to support the US Department of the Interior's recommendation to give long-term non-resident foreigners in the CNMI improved immigration status.

The purpose of the planned so-called Unity Movement Motorcade and Assembly is to show support for the recommendations and to urge the US Congress to enact them quickly.

The president of the United Workers Movement, Rabby Syed, says they are very happy with the outpouring of support extended by local businesses and lawyers and he expects more lawyers to take part in the historic event.

Mr Syed is also requesting officials of federal agencies, including those from the Department of Homeland Security, to come so they will be able to see for themselves the plight of long-term workers in the CNMI.

All participants are asked to wear white and are encouraged to bring signs and banners showing their support for improved immigration status.