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Manu’a Faipule Toeaina in court for failure to comply — could face contempt

An Order to Show Cause (OSC) hearing was called before the Land and Title Division of the High Court of American Samoa yesterday morning, in the matter between “Matt Toeaina Le’i and Albert Toeaina for themselves and Toeaina communal family Ofu, Manu’a (plaintiff), against Toeaina Faufano Autele, as a senior matai of Toeaina communal family (defendant).”

Man charged with rape and molestation of young girl, ready to plead

Ioakimo Felise, who is still in custody since the time of his arrest in April of this year, appeared before the High Court yesterday morning for his second pretrial conference. When his case was called, his attorney, Acting Public Defender, Michael White informed the court that they had received discovery and an offer from the government last week about this case, and his client is prepared to enter a guilty plea to the charges against him.

Amata releases statement on issue of children detained without parents

  A photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows the interior of a CBP facility in McAllen, Texas, on Sunday. Immigration officials have separated thousands of families who crossed the border illegally. Reporters taken on a tour of the facility were not allowed by agents to interview any of the detainees or take photos, the AP reported. U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP

Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned. The following is Amata’s response: “Children are gifts from God. Our national immigration policies should seek to preserve, protect and encourage the family unit as much as possible, so I support keeping families together as much as possible during the stages of the immigration or asylum process consistent with existing law.

Aloaia le soifua o le teineititi aoga na maliu i le tula’i fa’aaloalo

Le taimi na tutu ai e le faiaoga le moli ga’o o loo i luma o le ata o le teineititi aoga o le Vasega 8 mai le aoga Tulaga Muamua a Pava’ia’i, i le taimi o le sauniga o le fa’auuga i le aso Faraile o le vaiaso na te’a nei. Na maliu le teineititi ina ua malemo i le taimi o le tafaoga a le aoga sa faia i le Pala Lagoon Swimming Pool i le aso Lulu o le vaiaso na te’a nei, a o lumana’i ai le fa’auuga i le aso Faraile na te’a nei. [ata AF]

Na aloaia le soifua o le teineititi aoga o le Vasega 8 mai le Aoga Tulaga Muamua a Pava’ia’i lea na maliu ina ua malemo i le taimi o le tafaoga a le aoga i le vaiaso na te’a nei, i se tula’i fa’aal