More than 50 Chinese construction workers hired to build the Imperial Pacific Hotel & Resort gathered in a protest on Friday demanding to be paid their wages.
According to a report from Reuters, the Chinese workers, who entered Saipan on tourist visas, demanded that the casino contractor MCC International Saipan pay their wages.
Earlier this month, an FBI raid of the casino contractor’s’ offices found the passports of more than 150 undocumented workers.
MCC, along with Beilida Overseas (CNMI) Ltd, were charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for illegally importing and employing Chinese workers.
MCC did not respond to requests for comment from the news outlet.
Imperial Pacific International in an email to Reuters reiterated its stance against the hiring of illegal workers.
“Imperial Pacific International is strongly reiterating that it does not condone the hiring and or employment of individuals by illegal means,” said the company.
“Imperial Pacific International is emphatic in its request to all of its contractors and subcontractors to follow all local and federal labor and immigration laws and regulations in the conduct of its business, including and in particular, the hiring of construction workers.”