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NMD Corp. issues statement on categorical parole program

(NMDC) — As the CNMI government continues to grapple with its financial difficulty another critical and sensitive issue is also facing a segment of our population. The termination of the Categorical Parole Program for certain individuals present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands will take effect at the end of this month.

As a result of this termination more than a thousand immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and certain stateless individuals; CNMI permanent residents, immediate relatives of CNMI permanent residents, and immediate relatives of citizens of the Freely Associated States (Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, or Palau); and certain in-house foreign worker caregivers of CNMI residents will be forced to depart the Commonwealth, unless they seek another lawful status.

To be clear, this policy is a federally imposed immigration mandate, not the CNMI government’s. However, it is the sincere hope of the Northern Marianas Decent Corporation that the U.S. Senate will timely act to address a potentially serious and irreparable impact on our extremely fragile economy.

Notwithstanding the adverse loss of economic spin-off from the removal of these community members from the Commonwealth, the humanitarian related consequences are devastating. We hope further that requisite U.S. federal action and policy solution will provide emotional relief and non-threatening immigration status for their lawful stay in the Commonwealth to work and sustain our volatile economy. One cannot imagine the emotional turmoil a family separation will cause on innocent children. We support this compelling social issue for these morally humanitarian reasons. Gi tinayuyut yan amistå.