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Old 06-14-2012, 06:20 PM
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I understand that the CNMI became a US commonwealth in 1986, after being offered a high level of autonomy from the US. This autonomy included control over immigration. However, wikipedia says that in 2009 immigration laws came into line with the rest of the U.S. Note: minimum wage laws also came into line with U.S. laws in 2007 over the issue of "slave" labor practices in the garment industry. So how does the CNMI feel about the lose of this autonomy? Wikipedia also states that the islands are bankrupt. So how will all of these changes and economic woes affect the relationship between the CNMI and the Federal Government? Are there any demands for a change in political status? What about when the economy recovers? Discuss.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:31 PM
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Very interesting question, alot of people don't know this but Puerto Rico was also exempt from Federal minimum wage laws until 1977.

I suspect nothing will change, most of these were proposals brought about by the CNMI government themselves, it was Congress who wanted to keep things like the wage law exemptions in place. There have been some talks about 'unifying' with Guam as a precursor to eventual statehood. Guam wants it, CNMI does not as if they feel that they would get even less Federal funding as a 'county' of Guam. The belief is that if both territories merged they would have a combined population of 212,000 - around the same population as Alaska in 1959 - coincidence, I think not ...
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