by Nick Delgado
Guam – Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz has penned a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar pointing out Guam has juveniles processed through the courts into the Department of Youth Affairs that are compact migrants and should be included in the calculations of economic impact from the Compacts of Free Association. Cruz cites the compact on Guam for FY2004–2011 and DYA FY2002–2003 information. He states the cumulative cost for youth correction and youth development for compact migrants from the freely associated states totals $11,404,399 over the last ten years. Cruz requested that DOI appeal to the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for sector grants. He says the additional funding will provide a better opportunity for DYA to meet the demands of an increasing population of FAS migrants. Cruz sent similar concerns to the DOI Assistant Secretary of Insular Affairs Tony Babauta and Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo last month regarding the overcrowding and FAS citizens locked up at the department of corrections. The FSM Consul General's Office has yet to respond to both issues.