9 Mar 2005

American Samoan immigration management queried

2:51 pm on 9 March 2005

The governor's office in American Samoa says it hasn't heard of a resolution made by the territory's senate, which recommends that US federal officials should take over responsibility for immigration and customs.

Senator Alo Stevenson voted against the measure, saying it's not the appropriate time.

The senator says it should be seen as part of a tightening of restrictions on overstayers.

A territorial homeland security official referred all queries to the governor's office, which refused to comment.

The resolution, authored by Senator Liufau Sonoma, says the measure will eliminate problems existing in local immigration and customs.

The resolution is not binding, but its movers say it should be a starting point for the territorial government to consider the issue.