15 Jan 2014

American Samoa eyes immigation amnesty programme

6:53 am on 15 January 2014

American Samoa's governor is to send to the Fono an immigration amnesty programme.

The programme would allow undocumented immigrants living illegally in the territory to get their immigration papers in order.

Under the plan, the governor will seek Fono approval to increase the quota number for immigrants so that they can be registered.

A registration campaign will be launched soon asking foreigners whose papers are not in order to come forward.

He says there's strong suspicion that there was an undercount of the population because undocumented immigrants did not register in the census for fear of deportation.