Tongan detained for years in American Samoa allowed to go home

From , 5:03 am on 21 July 2017

The two year detention of a Tongan national by American Samoa Immigration has been described as unfair.

Toni Foketi was detained by immigration at the Territorial Correctional Facility because his immigration ID had expired, and his sponsor, his wife, had moved to the mainland for work.

The NGO, Alliance for Strengthening Families helped pay for a lawyer so Mr Foketi could eventually go to court for a immigration hearing.

An advocate with the NGO, Brian Loma told Sara Vui-Talitu more about Mr Foketi's ordeal and how he finally was able to leave the territory.