10 Feb 2014

American Samoa amnesty programme draws wide cooperation

7:45 am on 10 February 2014

There's been strong support for the immigration amnesty programme from the various ethnic communities that call American Samoa home.

Representatives of the Fijian, Tongan, Filipino, Chinese and Korean communities have joined the committee in charge of the amnesty program, which is intended to make foreigners who are in the territory without proper authorisation, legal.

The co-chair of the committee, the governor's legal counsel Steve Watson, says the level of enthusiasm and spirit of cooperation from these ethnic groups for the amnesty program has been very pleasing.

At the suggestion of the representatives from the different ethnic groups, there will now be special registrations for each of the communities, in addition to the district registrations already scheduled.

The registration begins on the February the 18th and will continue for three weeks.