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Hotels may seek deferred action for CW employees affected by cap

HOTELS have 1,000 employees on CW permits and almost 50 percent of them will be out of status in October, Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands president Gloria Cavanagh said.

Cavanagh said they will submit deferred-action applications to address the predicament of the hotel employees affected by the CW cap which has been set at 4,999 for fiscal year 2019 by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

If President Trump signs the NMI workforce bill into law, Cavanagh said the FY 2019 cap will be set at 13,000 which is two more than the FY 2017 cap.

“There should be some deferred action in order for the regulations to catch up with the law,” Cavanagh said, referring to H.R. 5956 which is now on the president’s desk.

“Hopefully, the bill will be signed into law, and they will be able to get some new regulations out before the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30,” she said.

“The Northern Marianas Business Alliance Corporation was informed by  people on the ground that the White House is coordinating already with appropriate agencies in Washington, D.C. because they believe the chances of the bill being signed are very good,” she added.

In the meantime, she said “we have to abide by the law. It is the federal government that dictates  immigration rules. We will have to work with what we have as we wait for the enactment of the workforce act.”