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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (July 31, 2001 - Marshall Islands Journal/PINA Nius Online)---The U.S. has announced plans to tighten entry regulations for Marshallese children adopted by Americans, in an effort to protect them from abuse or exploitation.

It also said it will become a requirement that Marshall Islanders use passports to enter the USA.

These new regulations are part of a rule proposed by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, and are expected to take effect later this year.

Under the proposal:

§ Marshall Islanders will be required in the future to use a passport or similar document to enter the U.S. so that immigration officials can determine if the person is a citizen of the Marshalls and entitled to visa-free entry.

§ Marshallese children adopted by Americans will be required to have an immigrant visa in addition to their Marshall Islands passports in order to gain entry to the USA.

The Marshall Islands Journal, Box 14, Majuro, Marshall Islands 96960 E-mail: journal@ntamar.com  Subscriptions (weekly): 1 year US $87.00; international $213.00 (air mail).

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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