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Foreign workers on humanitarian parole to meet with governor

A GROUP of foreign workers on humanitarian parole will meet with Gov. Ralph Torres on Sunday to discuss their request to the U.S. government to be allowed to continue working in the CNMI while the renewal of their parole is being processed.

Itos Feliciano, administrator and coordinator of the group, said the meeting will take place at the Marianas Business Plaza at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Feliciano said if some workers on CW-1 permits are given 240 days to stay in the Commonwealth while waiting for their petitions to be renewed, those who are here on humanitarian parole should be provided the same privilege too.

He said the humanitarian parole is valid for two years and is renewable every two years.

However, he added, during the processing of the renewal, those on humanitarian parole are not allowed to work.

Feliciano said the processing takes three months. “We have families to support, and we can’t afford to stop working for that long as we have children who depend on us and bills and obligations to pay.”

He added, “All we are asking is to be allowed to continue working while our papers are being processed. That’s why we are seeking the help of Governor Torres.”