Guam Sen. Rory J. Respicio is seeking Attorney General Leonardo M. Rapadas’ recommendations for change to the criminal statues in order to clear the way for the deportation of convicted criminals who are Freely Associated States citizens.
Respicio, Rapadas, and other officials met at a roundtable meeting yesterday to discuss the lack of federal action to deport convicted criminals, as is provided for under the Compacts of Free Association.
“In your remarks at the roundtable, you indicated that, in order to meet federal standards for what constitutes a deportable individual, amendments would likely have to be made to our criminal statutes,” Respicio wrote. “In this vein, I request that you consult with the U.S. Department of Justice, and submit to I Liheslatura your recommendations for statutory amendments, so that we may meet the conditions described under COFA, and productively advance the deportation of certain FAS citizens who are criminals.”
Respicio, chairman of the Committee on Rules, Federal, Foreign, & Micronesian Affairs, Human & Natural Resources, and Election Reform, is pushing for local officials to work with their federal counterparts to deport convicted criminals as provided under the Compacts of Free Association. (PR)