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Filipino Workers in Saipan Get Legal Help
The tough economy has taken a toll on thousands of Filipino workers in Saipan, the capital of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands or CNMI in the Pacific. Workers who lost their jobs are now in danger of being deported back to the Philippines.
The workers have lived and worked in CNMI, a Commonwealth of the United States. for years. Many have children who are now American citizens.
But they are running out of options. There are only a few immigration lawyers in the area and many of these Filipinos cannot afford their rates, usually hundreds of dollars per hour.
The Philippine Consulate said there are no funds to help the Filipinos with their immigration defense.
But the group U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance took on the responsibility to help these Filipinos facing deportation in Saipan.
For months now, the group has been holding teleconferences with the Filipino workers to let them know how they can be helped.
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