26 Feb 2009

Call in American Samoa to tighten guest worker scheme

4:48 pm on 26 February 2009

An immigration official in American Samoa says the territory's guest worker law should include a provision aimed at deterring criminal acts.

The official who did not wish to be named says alcohol consumption is the main reason guest workers end up before the courts on public disturbance, property damage or theft charges.

He says others run into problems with their hosts when they don't send money back to their relatives in Samoa.

The official says if guest workers break the law this should allow their disqualification from the programme and their deportation from the territory.

Since the guest worker program started in 2007 about 1,000 workers from Samoa have been hired at the territory's two canneries.