DRAFT LEGISLATION REGARDING AMERICAN SAMOA "ASIAN INVASION"

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (December 2, 1998 - Samoa News)---Congressman Faleomavaega Eni said he plans to work closely with the Tauese Administration in drafting the necessary legislation to help control and limit foreign owned businesses in the Territory.

"I commend the Governor for his recognition of the problem," Faleomavaega told Samoa News. The Governor has referred to the problem as an "Asian Invasion."

Last month Governor Tauese said American Samoans themselves are responsible for the proliferation of Asian owned businesses in the Territory.

"Our own people are bringing these foreigners in and forming partnerships with them," said Tauese, "and many of the locals involved are lawyers, high ranking lawmakers and well educated Samoans who don't seem to be concerned with the impact of their actions."

Responding to this statement, Congressman Faleomavaega told Samoa News, "I plan to work very closely with the Governor in drafting appropriate legislation and I sincerely hope the Legislature will be receptive."

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