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Hosting Pacific islanders costs Guam $128M in 1 year

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:52 p.m. HST, Feb 07, 2014

HAGATNA, Guam » Guam spent $128 million on education, health care and other services for people from the Pacific island nations of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau during the last fiscal year.

The federal government reimbursed the island for about $16 million of that total, the Pacific Daily News reported.

Many migrants contribute to the island community, said Madeline Bordallo, Guam's delegate to the U.S. Congress. At the same time, providing social services is also financially difficult, she said.

Citizens of the three nations may live and work in the United States under the Compact of Free Association. The 1986 pact grants the U.S. the right to use defense sites in the countries in exchange for financial assistance and migration rights.

Guam spent $47 million on education for migrants last year. More than 7,000 students from the countries attend Guam public schools, accounting for 23 percent of enrollment.

Health, welfare and housing costs amounted to $61 million.

About 24,000 people from Compact of Free Association nations live on Guam. The territory's overall population numbered about 160,000 in the 2010 census.

The financial data are included in a 2013 Compact Impact Report released Tuesday by Guam's Bureau of Statistics and Plans. Guam issues the report to recover the costs of hosting migrants.

The federal government reimburses Guam and states like Hawaii for costs associated with providing government services to citizens of the island nations.

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false wrote:
Better Guam than Hawaii. And now folks, anybody know how much we spent and how much the federal government reimbursed us for hosting Pacific Islanders last fiscal year?
on February 7,2014 | 02:12PM
Upperkula wrote:
To much
on February 7,2014 | 03:21PM
jmarie wrote:
Ask Hussein O, he's the one running this show!
on February 7,2014 | 03:45PM
nitpikker wrote:
he has to deal with this now but who's the brilliant id**t who proposed this?
on February 8,2014 | 12:07AM
South76 wrote:
If you know your history, this all started when we nuked one of their atolls. But it has been decades since that bombing occurred. These freeloaders need to get on their feet and start make a living off others. We nuked Japan and look where they are at now. We need to stop using race as a way to get away with anything.
on February 8,2014 | 07:27AM
niimi wrote:
And most of them won't contribute enough and instead impose a suffocating drag on their economy and general society.
on February 7,2014 | 09:40PM
hikine wrote:
At least in Guam they're being educated for the betterment but here in Hawaii they seem to be bumming around and enjoying the fruits of our labor courtesy of the tax payers by doing nothing. Most of them are not motivated enough to learn and even basic english they fail.
on February 8,2014 | 02:15AM
islandsun wrote:
Why should these generations foot the bill for something done way back. The feds should reimburse the state and shut the door already.
on February 8,2014 | 08:02AM
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