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Kilili appreciates governor’s support for HR 559

U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan said he appreciates Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’s asking U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski to support H.R. 559 or the Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act.

In an email to Variety, Kilili said the governor agreed to use his influence to help with the passage of H.R. 559 during a House committee hearing held in February.

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“I appreciate that he’s keeping that commitment,” Kilili said.

In his letter to Murkowski last week, the governor said “since the December 2018 decision of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to terminate the parole status of a number of long-term foreign residents present in the CNMI, these 1,039 individuals in the terminated categories have been in a state of uncertainty over their ability to continue their lives in these islands.”

“Currently, the employment authorization for these individuals and their ability to remain in the CNMI under a transitional parole status expires on June 29, 2019,” Torres told Murkowski.

H.R. 559, the governor added, “will provide a legal remedy for these individuals, their families, and the community that they continue to contribute to by granting them CNMI Resident Status within the Commonwealth.”

Authored by Kilili, H.R. 559 would grant CNMI-only permanent status to long-term nonresidents.

The bill was passed the U.S. House on June 4.