CNMI GOVERNOR TENORIO LOOKS INTO FOREIGN WORKERS' TREATMENT

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SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (October 20, 1998 - Saipan Tribune)---Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio said yesterday his administration will look into allegations of maltreatment of non-resident workers detained by the local immigration department, but stressed the reports do not warrant a federal takeover.

The Governor was reacting to reports that the U.S. Labor Department has received complaints from guest workers being held by CNMI immigration about their plight while in detention.

"We are addressing the problem," Tenorio said. "We're trying our best to provide everything humanly possible to accommodate those detainees," he added.

Illegal aliens complained of overcrowding, poor ventilation and unsafe water.

The enforcement director of the U.S. labor office said the grievances of the detainees will be forwarded to the U.S. justice department to determine if the complaints have merit.

According to Tenorio, his administration will look into the complaints to determine what action is to be taken.

The Northern Marianas has been under fire from the federal government because of the failure of local officials to curb labor cases, increase the minimum wage to federal standards and control the influx of guest workers.

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