STRONG OPPOSITION AMERICAN SAMOA IMMIGRATION PLAN FAVORING MALES

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (May 8, 2000 – Radio Australia)---A plan to give preference to male immigrants, because they do not produce babies, has been condemned by the territory's leading lawyers.

Governor Tauese Sunia said, in announcing planned changes to migration policy, that males will be favored because they have skills that women don't have and they don't produce babies.

The Governor's statement has been criticized by attorneys and other workers in American Samoa's High Court.

Among those criticizing the governor are leading lawyers Virginia Sudsbury and Suzanne Tiapula.

They described the proposal as "bizarre" and "discriminatory" and questioned how it would be enforced.

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AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNOR PROPOSES OVERHAULING IMMIGRATION LAWS

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (May 8, 2000 – Hawaii Public Radio)---American Samoa’s Governor Tauese Sunia wants to overhaul territorial immigration laws to slow down population growth.

Tauese’s plans include giving immigration preference to males because he says they have more skills than women and they don’t produce children.

Territorial law allows up to 1,000 people to immigrate every year, with various countries having a quota.

Sunia says the territory has enough aliens now and limits are necessary to protect island culture and local control.

He will submit his proposals to the territorial legislature in July.

A government task force recently reported that American Samoa has one of the world’s fastest population growth rates, mainly because of immigration.

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