Thursday, January 15, 2009

There's more at stake...

In the Marianas Variety today, an article published by Junhan B. Todeno wrote on the issues for FAS citizens married to foreigners, now Immediate Relative (IR) status to FAS citizens on whether the NMI immigration will look into their fate with the U.S. Federalization movement.

A few online comments indicated heinous remarks on telling these people to leave.  No doubt we have been affected in more ways than the medical treatment benefits, the foos stamp programs, dental benefits, medicare, housing, etc. in general, but here is another way of looking at heir presence in the islands.  I stress this post on the basis of current economical conditions today.

There is more at stake here than meets the eye. The fact remains is some of these individuals contribute back to our ailing economy through their taxes aside from the labeling of being troubled people. One of the biggest problems the CNMI faces with economic recovery is population, where there is a thriving population, there is opportunity for economic growth, opportunity for selecting the best and qualified individuals for positions at workplaces. If our population dwindles down to a mere 40K, we will surely see a more deprived and worsened CNMI. Can we deal with this?  As a native to the island, can you see where this would be if it does happen, the extraction of people from the islands.  I heard that a rough number of 2,000 native NMI peoples have already left island for greener pastures.  Our brain drain, funny, I too thought about this very seriously, and I still think of it.

4 comments:

DATALIG said...

Wayne....left Saipan April 2007 and the family joined me in the Summer of '07. That's a total of 6 Natives leaving for greener pastures. With Austerity Fridays and additional salary cuts with monthly bills staying the same and the threat of contract not being renewed because of political party affiliation, I had to search for better times away from home. Still missing home though....

De-lurking you.....

John said...

You are absolutely right. And when the population dwindles. costs of services and goods will rise due to a smaller amount of people to cover the cost to bring the goods or services to the CNMI. A solution can be had. Address Article XII. Or let me rephrase that, Eliminate Article XII. Ask Ricky Delgado and many businessmen on island how this will help revive the economy. Many articles have been written in the papers about the positive impact it will have on preventing more brain drain from happening.

Road-Block Blogger said...

Dave and John, thanks for your comment. Article 12, yes, I do see where this causes a problem, but I do see it has it pros and cons as well.

Paguroidea said...

On the topic of the exodus of "locals", it is akin to "carrying capacity", but what the hell do I know. I kid you not, I think I attended a dozen farewell parties in 2008. It hurts. Damn, I need a drink.

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