News/US: Marianas Stop Issuing Entry Permits To Chinese

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Subject: News/US: Marianas Stop Issuing Entry Permits To Chinese
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Fri Jul 30 1999 - 16:37:30 EDT


As many of you know Global Survival Network produced a report on the
condition of trafficked persons in the CNMI - thought some of you would be
interested in this.

Melanie.....

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Marianas Stop Issuing Entry Permits To Chinese

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands, Jul 29, 1999 -- (Agence France Presse)
Chinese nationals will no longer be issued with entry permits for the
Northern Mariana Islands, Labor and Immigration Secretary Mark Zachares
said Wednesday.

Those already here can, however, get renewals, but the chances of Chinese
workers getting refugee or asylum status were very slim.

He was responding to a claim by lawyer Bruce Jorgensen that over 12,000
Chinese nationals who now work here can seek refugee or asylum status under
existing federal laws.

Zachares told Chinese workers here not to waste time applying because the
United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) will not
entertain it as federal immigration law does not apply to the Northern
Marianas.

"It is impossible to claim that you fear persecution in your native country
when you're a contract worker. And it's kind of misleading for someone to
say that they could," he said.

But if Chinese nationals can show a well-founded fear that they will be
persecuted by the Chinese government due to their religious belief, ethnic
background, political opinions, gender or membership in a social group,
they could be granted refugee/asylum status.

Jorgensen cited as an example the Chinese government's once-child policy.
If a Chinese national here gives birth to two children, she might qualify
for asylum, he said.


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