ILLEGAL ALIENS IN AMERICAN SAMOA GIVEN ANOTHER CHANCE

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (June 30, 1998 - PACNEWS)---American Samoa's immigration board, by extending a deportation deadline until August 3, is giving another chance to more than 1,000 illegal aliens, mostly from neighboring Samoa, to remain in the territory.

The aliens originally received Governor Tauese Sunia's approval to stay in American Samoa under an amnesty program that later was declared illegal by the High Court.

Under the court's ruling, all 2,931 immigrants who were granted amnesty by the governor were to be spared from deportation until the immigration board reconsidered their residency status. The board gave the amnesty recipients until January 30, 1998 to appear for reconsideration, but more than 1,000 of them did not meet the deadline.

The immigration board now has announced that it is extending the deportation deadline to August 3, in order to give the aliens another chance to clarify their immigration status.

After August 3, the board says, anyone found in the territory without proper immigration clearance will be deported.

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