9 Mar 2005

American Samoa Senate recommends extension of US Dept of Homeland Security

11:20 am on 9 March 2005

American Samoa's Senate has approved a resolution recommending the extension of the US Department of Homeland Security to take over immigrations and customs function in American Samoa.

The resolution authored by Senator Liufau Sonoma says having the US Department of Homeland Security take over these functions in the territory will open federal job opportunities for locals to work as US immigrations and customs agents but will also eliminate the abuse and inherent problems existing in local immigrations and customs agencies.

The resolution is not binding but its movers say it should be a starting point for the territorial government to consider the issue.