16 Apr 2004

Guam governor to send US a bill for immigration costs for citizens from Free Association States

11:26 am on 16 April 2004

A report from the Guam governor says regional immigrants from the Freely Associated States have cost the local government more than 269-million US dollars since 1986.

Felix Camacho says the report will be sent to President Bush, who could decide to reimburse Guam by forgiving some of the island's debt to federal agencies.

A 1986 federal treaty with the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands allows citizens to live and work on Guam and elsewhere in the US.

Guam has received millions of dollars annually in federal assistance to help offset the immigration but the costs have consistently outpaced the amount of federal assistance.