20 Jan 2014

American Samoa to regularise illegal immigrants

2:09 pm on 20 January 2014

American Samoa is set to make it legal for some undocumented foreigners to reside in the territory.

The top two political leaders appeared over the weekend on state-run television to officially inform the community about the launch of the Immigration Amnesty Program, aimed to regularise foreigners' immigration status.

The governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and the lieutenant governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga urged all undocumented foreigners to take advantage of the program.

The registration period runs from February the 18th to March the 14th and Lolo says it's never good to live in fear of being deported due to the status of a person's immigration papers.

Lemanu says immigration problems are very serious and he is aware many foreigners are in the territory without proper papers.

"This amnesty programme will allow everyone the opportunity to make your immigration status legal. We want you to make it right for your children, your family and yourself."

Lemanu Peleti Mauga.