Guam – Senator Rory Respicio is calling on the Guam Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney to enforce the deportation provision of the Compact of Free Association which allows FAS citizens convicted of crimes to be sent back to their home country.
In a release, Respicio notes that the Compact of Free Association already provides for the deportation in criminal cases, and he is quoted as saying that that provision allowing for deportation is “not being enforced.”
The release states that “The senator said the Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney need to enforce the provisions of the Compacts of Free Association.”
Senator Respicio also notes that GovGuam spends $85 dollars a day to keep an inmate confined at DOC and he complains that that “the United States Government does not fully reimburse the people of Guam for the impact to our health, education and public safety agencies,” resulting from the Compact.
Separately, Respicio says he has written to Guam Attorney General Lenny Rapadas asking for “guidance” on the issue of deporting of FAS citizens convicted of crimes on Guam. In his letter to the AG, the Senator poses 4 questions:
1. whether the Guam AG routinely requests deportation whenever a citizen from one of the FAS states is convicted on Guam.
2. Whether the U.S. Attorney’s office is supportive and cooperative of efforts to deport Compact citizens.
3. Who pays the cost of deportation, Guam or the Federal Government?
4. How many Compact citizens have actually been deported since the Compact agreement became law.
READ Senator Respicio’s release in FULL below:
Respicio Seeks Clarification of Guam’s Deportation Laws
(Hagåtña, Guam) – Yesterday, Senator Respicio wrote to Attorney General Lenny Rapadas, in his capacity as Chairman of the Committee on Federal, Foreign and Micronesian Affairs, requesting the following information:
a) When Compact citizens in Guam are prosecuted and convicted of any of the above listed crimes, is deportation seldom, regularly or always requested?
b) Is the U.S. Attorney’s office supportive and cooperative in the process of ensuring that Compact citizens convicted of deportable crimes are, in fact, deported, and barred from returning to Guam, as provided in federal law?
c) If any Compact citizens are in fact deported due to criminal behavior or for other reasons, does the Federal Government pay the costs? If not, do they reimburse GovGuam if our local government pays for the deportation?
d) How many Compact citizens have actually been deported since the Compact agreement became law?
Respicio said he will also work with the U.S. Immigration to ensure that FAS citizens, who are deported, do not re-enter Guam or the United States under a different name. The senator said the Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney need to enforce the provisions of the Compacts of Free Association.
“First, the United States does not fully reimburse the people of Guam for the impact to our health, education and public safety agencies, and now the provision to allow for the deportation of FAS citizens are not being enforced,” said Respicio. “We are spending at least $85 a day per inmate to be confined at the Department of Corrections, and also our taxes are used to adjudicate these cases.”