GUAM SENDS $5.7 MILLION BILL TO WASHINGTON FOR HANDLING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

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HAGÅTÑA, Guam (August 5, 1999 – Radio Australia)---The Governor of Guam, Carl T.C. Gutierrez, has sent the U.S. government a $5.7 million bill for handling hundreds of illegal immigrants from China over the last year.

The bill was forwarded to Attorney General Janet Reno for expenses incurred during the June 1998 - June 1999 period.

It details costs for detaining the immigrants at a prison facility, for repairing ecological damage to shoreline resources and for supporting federal apprehension efforts.

Meanwhile, a boat captain pleaded guilty to smuggling 80 undocumented Chinese immigrants to Guam in April.

Since January, about 500 Chinese immigrants have been apprehended in waters off Guam and the neighboring Northern Mariana Islands, both U.S. territories, as they tried to gain asylum in the United States.

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