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American Samoa’s Amata welcomes Trump’s action to keep families together

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) — On Wednesday, U.S. Congresswoman Aumua Amata of American Samoa released a statement updating immigration policy efforts, and welcoming President Trump’s announcement:

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U.S. Congresswoman Aumua Amata of American Samoa speaks with President Trump on June 19, 2018 during his meeting with Republican lawmakers.  Contributed photo

“I welcome President Trump’s decision to sign an executive order ending family separations when adults are held longer in asylum cases. He is doing the right thing.

“Over the past 24 hours, I discussed the immigration issue with colleagues and heard many thoughts and concerns. Even before the President’s announcement, those conversations made me optimistic the Congress would make progress in the right direction, and the President had assured us he is open to the necessary solutions.

“I support keeping families together in all but extreme cases that have been reviewed thoroughly by proper authorities, and I support sensible and prompt changes to the current practices. I strongly believe our national immigration policies must preserve, protect and encourage the family unit as much as possible, and I’m very pleased to see this important change.

“In discussions with my colleagues, my guiding principle was that we should all focus on keeping the best interests of the child first, and I firmly believe we can continue to do that and still ensure the law is upheld.”