7 May 2007

New push to restrict foreigners entering American Samoa

1:29 pm on 7 May 2007

A political commission in American Samoa is proposing that the governor and the fono enact laws which further restrict foreigners entering and residing in the territory.

The commission, which was set up to review political options for American Samoa and recommended retaining its status as a territory, also put forward suggestions on immigration, public education and the constitution.

It urges the Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, to pursue a bill which restricts the rights of those born in the territory to automatically become U.S. nationals.

It recommends that right only to those whose parents are American Samoan and whose ancestors were residents of the territory in 1990.

Our correspondent, Fili Sagapolutele, says the commission's report contained public concerns regarding the influx of immigrants and foreigners.

"ASAM CONCERN TP"

IN: The commission has recommended that the governor and the fono enact laws that will further restrict foreigners entering and residing in American Samoa. And, if there is a problem with the aliens, their sponsors should be held responsible for their medical expenses.

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Fili Sagapolutele.