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President is Listening on NMI Immigration Issues


Location: Washington, DC

Along with other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, I met with President Obama at the White House on May 3, 2011 to discuss immigration. Though the discussion centered on national policy, I also had the opportunity to talk to the President about gaps in P.L. 110-229 that put Northern Marianas families at risk and threaten long-term residents, who were born in our islands or had permanent residence status under our Commonwealth law. The President agreed to have his White House staff get involved. Among those present in the State Dining Room at the White House were Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Director of the Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes, and Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Muñoz. Anytime the President and his people are thinking about your issues, you are closer to resolving those issues. So, last week's meeting was a positive step toward ending the uncertainties so that businesses can make investment decisions, families can get on with their lives, and the whole Commonwealth can start moving forward.

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