Guam Governor Using Removal Strategy For Convicted FSM Migrants

Bypasses federal deportation process by commuting sentence and removing to FSM home

By Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, July 25, 2016) – The governor sent a convicted armed robber back to the Federated States of Micronesia early Monday, the second convicted criminal from the FSM to be removed from Guam in less than two weeks.

Gov. Eddie Calvo, with the consent of the convicted migrants, has taken these actions without having to wait for a federal deportation process before an immigration judge.

The latest migrant convict to be removed from Guam, John-John Wia, arrived on a flight in the FSM state of Chuuk earlier Monday, according to the governor’s office. Calvo commuted his prison sentence to allow for his release and return to Chuuk.

On Jan. 14, the governor also sent to Ninton Hauk back to Chuuk after commuting his sentence. Hauk had just served a one-year prison term, out of a 10-year sentence for aggravated assault on a minor. The rest of his sentence had been suspended, so he would have been back in Guam's community had he not agreed to return to his home island.

In Wia’s case, he would have been freed next year, after serving a five-year sentence for assaulting the elderly man who employed him, according to the governor’s office.

Wia agreed to his permanent removal from Guam and to never return, the governor’s office said in a press release.

Wia did not take advantage of the Guam Department of Corrections’ educational programs and has not demonstrated an ability to support himself in Guam upon release, according to the governor’s office.

The government of Guam paid for Wia’s one-way ticket, but his commuted sentence will save Guam taxpayers and the prison about $119 per day, or about $43,345 a year, according to the governor’s office.

Wia and Hauk’s names have been sent to the relevant local agencies, federal authorities, and airlines as a person not allowed to return to Guam.

FSM migrants can freely enter Guam, without having to go through a visa-screening process, under their island nation’s Compact of Free Association agreement with the United States.

The migrants are required by the federal government to be able to support themselves economically and could be subject to deportation if they’re convicted of felonies.

But Guam lawmakers and the administration have said the federal government is not doing enough to deport regional migrants who violate the conditions of their compact immigration status.

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