GUAM’S UNDERWOOD TO MEET WITH CHINESE OFFICIALS OVER ILLEGAL ALIEN CRISIS

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HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (April 19, 1999 - PIDP/CPIS/Hulsen)---As a result of the arrival of another group of about 150 illegal Chinese aliens off Guam last week, the U.S. territory’s Congressional delegate, Robert Underwood, says he is arranging a meeting with Chinese officials to prevent any more landings.

In an effort to "close the door," he said he will meet in Washington with the Chinese Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China.

"This is a very serious matter," he said, adding that "I feel that the PRC should do more to prevent the rush of illegal immigration into Guam . . .and other places in the Pacific."

Meantime, the 150 Chinese immigrants prevented from landing on Guam last week, were taken by the U.S. Coast Guard to Tinian, in the neighboring Northern Mariana Islands, Saturday for detention and processing.

The illegal aliens, believed to be from Fujian province, were held temporarily at a San Jose Harbor dock as a tent city for the immigrants was prepared at a former U.S. military base on the island.

While the aliens are held on Tinian, awaiting deportation back to China, it is believed that all related costs will be covered by the U.S. federal government.

More than 100 police, medical and immigration personnel are involved in the Tinian mission, including some who flew in from Saipan, Guam and Hawaii.

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