In the Commonwealth Of The Northern Mariana Islands, the current owner of the Tinian Dynasty Hotel And Casino has reportedly sued US immigration officials for allegedly damaging its reputation and severely compromising its ability to successfully run a San Jose business.
According to a report from the Saipan Tribune newspaper, Hong Kong Entertainment (Overseas) Investments Limited closed its casino at its Tinian Dynasty Hotel And Casino in September 2015 before shuttering hotel operations a year ago as a result of the United States Citizenship and Immigration services component http://184.108.40.206/ of the United States Department of Homeland Security repeatedly refused to provide foreign-born employees with a CW-1 job permit.
Hong Kong Entertainment (Overseas) Investments Limited is now reportedly suing United States Citizenship and Immigration Services along with former component directors, Leon Rodriguez, and Jeh Johnson, past United States Secretary Of Homeland Security, for this denial and allegations that the trio had helped to brand Tinian Dynasty Hotel And Casino as “unauthorized business”.
The newspaper reported that Hong Kong Entertainment (Overseas) Investments Limited had been accused by the Financial Crime Enforcement Network in 2013 of violating anti-money laundering protocols under the Bank Secrecy Act but the operator signed a non-prosecution agreement which saw the action dismissed in July 2015. In his lawsuit, the operator argues that employees have repeatedly denied the CW-1 work permit as material working its way through the federal court system.
In addition, George Anthony Long, a lawyer working for Hong Kong Entertainment (Overseas) Investments Limited, told the newspaper that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service had agreed to review the refusal if his client won or was not convicted. However, seven months after agreeing to a non-prosecution settlement and the Bureau of Complaints Administration upheld CW-1’s refusal after determining that the operator was not running a “legitimate business”.
In response, the United States Department of Justice Office of Immigration Litigation has reportedly denied allegations that they had designated Hong Kong Entertainment (Overseas) Investments Limited “as an unauthorized business” or once referred to the operator as “unauthorized business”.
Heather Sokolower of the Immigration Litigation Office told the newspaper that Hong Kong Entertainment (Overseas) Investments Limited had misrepresented the actions of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and had offered no fact or evidence that the decision to reject the CW-1 petition had an accident caused.