11 Mar 2014

American Samoa immigration amnesty but debts must be paid

3:12 pm on 11 March 2014

Immigrants to American Samoa registering under an amnesty programme have been told they still need to pay their public debts.

The amnesty registration began last month on the main island of Tutuila.

Registration on the Manua island group is happening this week.

A member of the task force handling the programme, Mitzie Jessop, says there has been an impressive turn out so far but there is misunderstanding over debts like hospital and court fees.

"We will be working with you in order for you to qualify for your immigration ID but our programme will not forgive those public debts."

American Samoa's deputy attorney general Mitzie Jessop.