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White House still reviewing 902 report

GOVERNOR Ralph Torres said there has been no feedback yet on the 902 report his team submitted to the Obama White House.

The nation’s new president, Donald Trump, will be sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

“I wish I could say that it was all taken care of, but I know that it’s still under review by the White House,” Torres said, adding that he is still hopeful of a positive response — especially from the incoming Trump administration.

“I am very hopeful that the new administration will look at our issues here and give us some flexibility and grant our request in order for our economy to continue to flourish,” the governor said.

Torres headed the CNMI 902 team which held talks with President Obama’s representative, Assistant Interior Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina, regarding local immigration and workforce issues and the military’s buildup plans in the Northern Marianas.

Last month, the CNMI team submitted its 902 report to the White House that included a request to increase the current CW cap from 12,998 to 18,000 and for an extension of the CW program, which is to end in 2019, to 2029.