Nelson seeks to extend the deadline and eligibility for war reparations

Senator Telena Nelson (PNC file photo)

Senator Nelson has introduced a resolution respectfully requesting President Biden to act within his administrative authority to amend the deadline and eligibility for World War II claimants who are seeking reparations under the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act.

Resolution No. 121-36 (LS) requests to remove the one (1) year deadline for filing a claim with the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission and further advocates that eligibility to file be extended to descendants of WWII victims who passed away after the initial filing deadline of the Act (June 20, 2018).

Senator Nelson implores President Biden to act in the interest of our continued allyship with the United States to provide compensation that has long been due.

“The one-year deadline to apply for reparations is not a justifiable measure of compensation for the war’s lifelong effects on survivors and their families,” said Senator Telena Cruz Nelson. “Historically, the U.S. has provided land reparations for Native Hawaiian communities ravaged by colonization and monetary compensation for Japanese Americans wrongly interned during World War II. With the recent advancement of H.R. 40, which explores slavery reparations, we respectfully ask that our remaining survivors and their families be considered with the same compassion and capacity for action.”

A public hearing for Resolution No. 121-36 (LS) was held Friday morning.

(Office of Senator Telena Cruz Nelson Release)