SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Nov. 26) – The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Division of Immigration is looking into allegations made by Chinese students at Saipan University that they had been misled by university officials.

Immigration Director Martin Manglona, however, said he could not elaborate on the details of the investigation for security purposes.

"There is an investigation ongoing. But I can’t say much about it because I don’t want to jeopardize the work of our investigators. I don’t want to jump to conclusions yet," Manglona told Variety in an interview.

He added, "We will see if there’s a problem, then we will take action."

According to the students who are from China, Saipan University promised that they would be able to work on Saipan, but they later learned that they couldn’t do so unless the university itself hires them.

The students also complained about the poor accommodations provided them by the school.

Each student paid a tuition of $3,500 and $300 a month for their food and accommodations.

Yesterday, Manglona met with officials of Northern Marianas College, Saipan University, Eucon International School, and the CNMI-USA International Business and Professional College.

But Manglona stressed that the meeting had nothing to do with the students’ accusations against Saipan University.

The meeting, he added, was arranged two weeks ago, or before the students came out with their allegations.

November 26, 2003

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