The Governor spoke today with U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia Robert A. Riley on the Governor’s removal effort.
“These are criminals who have hurt U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens on Guam, and my goal is to get them out of here so that they don’t hurt anyone on this island again,” Governor Calvo told Ambassador Riley via teleconference.
Riley acknowledged what the Governor is trying to do and added that FSM President Peter Christian understands that as well. The Ambassador wants to work with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement in increasing their participation in the deportation process.
The Governor was pleased to hear that, saying: “We have reached out many times to the federal governments of the U.S. and FSM, as well as other FAS countries in the region, about the issue of non-U.S. citizens breaking the law and remedies available to us.”
The Governor told Ambassador Riley that local officials have worked with the FSM consulate in the past to send criminals back to their home nation. The relationship was working well until the FSM government created a new set of criteria for those citizens who had been incarcerated and now were going back to their homes state.
“No one else has this level of standard they have to meet for citizenship purposes,” the Governor told Riley.
The Governor added that local officials have been working with ICE. He commuted the sentences of two criminals who are now in the custody of the U.S. federal government and being processed for deportation.
The Ambassador asked Governor Calvo if they could have a face-to-face meeting to further discuss the situation. Riley said he was still relatively new to the office in FSM and had wanted to get a better understanding of the situation in Guam and the Governor’s initiative. Riley has experience with deportation processes while serving at posts in other countries.
After the teleconference, Governor Calvo said he appreciates Ambassador Riley reaching out to him and taking an interest in the issue.