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NMI Immigration: Not easy to get training from feds
By Junhan B. Todeno for the Marianas Variety, 5/27/08

IMMIGRATION Director Melvin Grey believes that local labor immigration officers should undergo training in preparation for the federalization of CNMI immigration, but he doesn’t expect the federal government to provide instructors.

Grey said training may be provided through the Pacific Immigration Conference because it provides access to U.S. allies like Australia which can assist in the training program.

“The federal system has not been so very responsible,” Grey said, citing the bureaucratic delays involved.

He said his earlier request was passed from Guam to Honolulu to San Francisco and to Washington and to other federal agencies.

Sen. Paul A. Manglona, R-Rota, earlier requested the Division on Immigration train immigration and labor officers following the enactment of the CNMI federalization law.
USCIS procedures for background checks revised
By Glenn Rose For Bayanihan, 2/24/08

The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) is required by law to conduct background checks on all applicants applying for immigration benefits. This includes both petitioners and beneficiaries.

A petitioner would most likely be a U.S. citizen or green card holder who is applying to get an immigrant visa for a family member. A beneficiary would be the family member who is seeking to get a green card.
Feds indict Blue House owners
By Stephanie Godlewski for Pacific Daily News, 2/21/08

The owners of Blue House club -- Song Ja Cha, 65, and her husband In Han Cha, 56 -- were indicted yesterday in the District Court of Guam on charges of conspiracy, sex trafficking, and foreign transportation for prostitution.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said the alleged prostitution scheme involved fraudulently telling at least eight women, some as young as 18 years of age, that they would be employed as waitresses if they traveled from the Federated States of Micronesia to Guam to work. FSM migrants are free to come to Guam under the rules the Compact of Free Association with the U.S. government.
Last defendant pleads not guilty in DMV fraud case
By Stephanie Godlewski for Pacific Daily News, 2/20/08

The last Department of Revenue and Taxation Motor Vehicle Division employee indicted in an alleged driver's license fraud case answered to the charges against her almost a month after the charges were first filed in court.

Mary Garcia was arraigned in the District Court of Guam and pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal conspiracy and fraud concerning identification documents.

Garcia, along with five other Rev and Tax employees, were indicted last month after allegedly conspiring with Eun Young Lee to allegedly provide 52 Korean nationals with fake driver's licenses.