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District Court Judge Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After spending 51 days in custody due to his illegal immigration status, the 59-year-old man who used a small knife to cut his hands and chest was released from custody, to await his pretrial conference hearing which is set for Nov. 23. Before Puou Vili was released from...
District Court Judge, Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “How can an immigrant who’s immigration ID expired 6 years ago get an opportunity to renew his immigration status. Where is the law?” These were some of the many questions raised by District Court Judge Fiti Sunia yesterday morning, during the hearing of a man who was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Samoa who was arrested by police on the allegation that he broke inside a home in Vaitogi and stole several items was ordered by the court to be released from police custody, and transferred to custody of the Immigration Office, after the government wished not...
District Court Judge Fiti Sunia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  The case of another male from Samoa with two different names was heard in District Court last week. Pelesasa Faalemiga appeared in court last Friday pursuant to a bench warrant that was signed and issued by Judge Fiti Sunia, when Faalemiga failed to appear multiple...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The case of a Tongan national who was supposed to leave American Samoa after her sponsor terminated her sponsorship in 2016 has surfaced, after reports circulated that the woman is employed by a local store/ restaurant in Nu’uuli, despite the fact that her Immigration ID...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Acting Associate Justice Elvis P. Patea has issued a bench warrant for an Asian business man for failure to comply with a court order. The businessman, Mr. Kim, is believed to be the sponsor of a Fijian man, who is jailed at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF)....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The local Department of Homeland Security is conducting an investigation this week into the case involving a Filipino woman who refuses to leave the territory and her former sponsor and employer — who is Rep. Vui Florence Saulo, the owner of the FSA Land Development,...
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The case of a Filipino immigrant who refused to leave the territory after her legal sponsor refused to renew her Immigration ID is now determined to fight her case in court. Samoa News understands that the Filipino woman, who is the subject of contention between two...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Whenever the court releases an individual to the custody of Immigration, that means immigration has the responsibility to make sure those individuals are not hard to find. Now, the defendant is no longer under your custody and he’s also not present in court today, so,...
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — A Samoan grandmother living illegally in New Zealand for 31 years has been granted residency. South Auckland Sunday School teacher Lesa Matagitau, 53, was last year served a deportation order and was terrified at the thought of going back to Samoa where she has no...

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