US SCRUTINIZES AMERICAN SAMOA IMMIGRATION SYSTEMS

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GAO to explore risks, vulnerabilities of current arrangement

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Jan. 4, 2010) - A four member team from the US General Accountability Office is due in American Samoa next week to study the territory’s customs and immigration systems.

[PIR editor’s note: The agency responsible for the study is correctly called the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of the U.S. congress.]

The team is to identify potential risks or vulnerabilities for American Samoa and the rest of the US from the existing policies and practices.

Its task will however not be to address the capability and capacity of American Samoa to carry out its customs and immigrations program.

The territory currently controls its own customs and immigrations systems.

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