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AMERICAN SAMOA IS NOT A SANCTUARY TERRITORY


OMV swamped with drivers seeking new digital driver’s licenses
by Tina Mata’afa for the Samoa News, 3/2/07

Since June 19, the Office of Motor Vehicles, a division of the police department, has issued more than 200 of the new tamper-proof American Samoa digital driver's licenses, averaging 44 a day.

Compliance with emerging federal identification card rules or “Real ID” has increased the number of required documents to obtain the new driver's license. This in addition to compliance wtih local statutes.
Feds uncover adoption scheme that targeted Samoan children
By Fili Sagapolutele for the Samoa News, 3/2/07

Seven people including two Samoans still living in Apia have been charged with operating an adoption scam for a Salt Lake City, Utah organization that allegedly tricked poor Samoan families into giving up their children for adoption to couples in the U.S.

The 45-page federal indictment handed down Wednesday and unsealed yesterday at the federal court in Salt Lake City accused non-profit group, Focus on Children (FOC) and seven defendants, Scott Banks, Karen Banks, Dan Wakefield, Tagaloa Ieti, Coleen Bartlett, Julie Tuiletufuga, and Karalee Thornock of operating the adoption scheme.


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