Respicio: Round Table on Deportation of Convicted FAS Felons TODAY

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Guam – The Committee on Federal, Foreign and Micronesian Affairs is holding  a round table meeting TODAY, Monday October 14th, on the deportation of  convicted criminals who fall under the Compacts of Free Association.

The Round Table Meeting will be held at 10am today at the Legislature’s Public Hearing Room.

Senator Respicio Chairs the Committee and in a release, he says that a number of officials have confirmed their attendance including the Office of Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, the Unified Judiciary of Guam, the Consul General of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Mayors Council of Guam, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Youth Affairs, the Attorney General of Guam, the Guam Police Department and the Victims Advocates Reaching Out are attending today’s meeting.

The discussion will focus on a provision within Public Law 32-049 which requires the deportation of certain convicted criminals who fall under the Compacts. The Public Law, “AN ACT TO ADD A NEW §80.50 TO ARTICLE 2 OF CHAPTER 80, TITLE 9, GUAM CODE ANNOTATED, RELATIVE TO CREATING A ‘THREE STRIKES’ PROVISION FOR HABITUAL OFFENDERS OF SERIOUS CRIMES,” was signed into law on July 5, 2013, and includes a provision Senator Respicio authored to help alleviate crowding at our island’s prison.

The provision requires “Upon conviction of a deportable crime, the Attorney General of Guam (AG) shall immediately notify the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), of Guam’s desire to have the COFA citizen deported. The AG shall work closely with the U.S. ICE Division of DHS to ensure all documents related to the conviction and required for deportation are immediately provided to the proper authorities.” The AG is required to transmit a quarterly report to I Liheslatura, indicating the number of cases forwarded to U.S. ICE, and to publish the report on their website.