Guam - The United States Government Accountability Office released a report on the CNMI immigration today. According to the findings, the Department of Homeland Security Components Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have each taken steps to secure the border in the CNMI.

Homeland Security has begun to implement work permit and visa programs for foreign workers, visitors and investors, but according to the report, key regulations are not final and certain transition programs remain unavailable. The GAO recommends that Homeland Security implement federal border control and immigration to the CNMI and that the Secretary of Homeland Security work with these agencies to conclude negotiations with the CNMI government regarding access to CNMI airport space, access to detention facilities and information about the status of aliens.

The report describes the steps federal agencies have taken to secure the border, and implement federal laws and regulations.