25 Jun 2004

US considers new homeland security zone in the Pacific

4:22 pm on 25 June 2004

American Samoa's Delegate to the US Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, has given his support to a measure pending in the US Senate that calls for the establishment of U. homeland security for the Pacific region.

The measure was sponsored by Senators Daniel Inouye of Hawaii and Ted Stevens of Alaska.

The U.S. Homeland Security Department is in the process of establishing homeland security regions and on June 18th, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously passed a bill which directs the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of establishing a Pacific region.

If established, the Homeland Security Pacific Region will include Alaska, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.