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Dear Editor,

Despite the STOP ORDER that was initiated by the AG Chief Investigator Attorney Jed Bigelow, several months ago, Mrs. Faga Fualaau (Deputy- Immigration OfFIce) informed the victim last week “the Immigration Board has decided for them to return to Upolu since there is NO CASE.”

Yet the victims have not once met with the Independent Prosecutor David Vargas since he was retained by the High Court. They have never been summoned to be informed with official documents of their status, and neither has their attorney or court been informed of the IP’s ndings.

Mrs. Fualaau’s response when informed of the STOP ORDER was “the AG should have written and informed our office,” dismissing the victim and advocate.

This is the 3rd time the Immigration Of ce has turned away our attempts to have a sponsor application filed.

The senior Immigration officers still choose to ignore the fact that they were instructed by Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale to allow the victims to process and file the sponsorship application.

It is these types of undocumented harassment and giving out erroneous information that shows the public how fractured these services are.

It shows the Governor’s Immigration Office leaders’ lack of respect for the authority of the Governor’s Attorney General’s Office.

Meanwhile local people and victims are being dropped through gaping cracks and treated as ignorant human beings.

Far be it for me to criticize our government — but once again, this visible behavior is unacceptable and unbecoming of government leaders.

Ipu Avegalio Lefiti

Victim Advocate