16 Aug 2007

American Samoa wary of more federalised laws

1:17 pm on 16 August 2007

The American Samoan member of the US Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, has raised concerns about a congressional bill that would place CNMI's immigration under the control of the US government.

The Saipan Tribune newspaper says during a hearing in Saipan this week Faleomavaega raised his fears about the bill and its potential impact on American Samoa, the only U.S territory that controls its own immigration.

Faleomavaega cited the recent legislation applying federal minimum wage laws to the CNMI, with American Samoa only to be later included in the bill as well.

During a hearing in the American Samoa Senate last week, Faleomavaega told lawmakers that an issue in Congress is whether American Samoa could be included is the CNMI immigration bill.

He said whether American Samoa likes it or not, Congress still has control when it comes to issues dealing with states and territories.