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Rep. Angel Demapan says parolees’ children suffer because of current policy

REPRESENTATIVE Angel A. Demapan said the children of long-time guest workers on humanitarian parole are the ones suffering whenever their parents have to stop working during the processing of their Employment Authorization Document or EAD.

Angel Aldan Demapan

In an interview on Wednesday, he said innocent children are the ones affected the most because of current policy.

Demapan has introduced a House resolution in support of the governor’s effort to assist about 2,000 workers on humanitarian parole.

 “We know that a lot of them have young kids, and they  need to continue going to the school. They need to eat and get their other daily necessities so we don’t want to see them caught in a predicament. This is just an issue of the process which can be changed.”

Demapan said he will scan a copy of his pre-filed resolution and send it electronically to the White House and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C.

“Once the House acts on the resolution, we will send another certified copy,” he added.

In his Oct. 5, 2018 letter to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, Gov. Ralph Torres said “the humanitarian parole permits expire on Dec. 31, 2018 along with [the] granted EADs. However, parolees can only apply for EADs following the approval of their humanitarian-parole-renewal request. This period of processing between the expiration of the humanitarian parole and the approval of EAD leaves nearly 2,000 parolees unable to legally continue employment in the CNMI.”

He said to “remedy this problem, I ask for your assistance and consideration to provide for an extension of the 240-day rule under 8 C.F.R Section 274a 12 (b) (20), so that they may be authorized to continue their employment under the previous EAD pending the adjudication and approval of their renewed EAD.”