US Territories’ June 4-10, 2018 news week in tweets
Puerto Rico Ordered to Release Death Records
BREAKING: Puerto Rico ordered to release death records to @CNN and @cpipr. We sued for this data while investigating the toll of Hurricane Maria. Judge orders PR govt to send info w/in seven days. Only social security numbers should be redacted. https://t.co/H4QKid0uka
— John D. Sutter (@jdsutter) June 5, 2018
Puerto Rico Superior Court Judge Lauracelis Roques Arroyo ruled that the death records are public information and must be released to journalists, who previously were blocked from obtaining death mortality data. A Harvard study released last week stated the death toll may be higher than 4,600.
American Samoans For Birthright Citizenship
American Samoa has the highest rate of military enlistment of any American state or territory.https://t.co/k27fghm9ej
— Francis Northwood (@FranNorthwood) June 7, 2018
A group of American Samoans are suing the US government, arguing that they should be given birthright citizenship, as American Samoans are considered US nationals but not citizens. This status restricts their ability to travel outside of the country. They have to pay fees and get permits which citizens do not have to obtain.
US, India, Japan Navies Begin Malabar Exercise
— U.S. Naval Institute (@NavalInstitute) June 6, 2018
For the first time, naval exercises code-named Malabar will take place off of Guam’s coast. Indian, Japanese, and US maritime forces will be training together in hopes of strengthening regional relations in the Indian and Pacific oceans. The activities of Chinese submarines looms over the training, but Chinese officials have not objected against the Malabar exercises.
The Northern Mariana Islands US Workforce Act Passes in US House
BREAKING: The Northern Mariana Islands US Workforce Act passes the US House. It now heads to the Senate for approval, though a virtually identical legislation already passed by unanimous consent in April. pic.twitter.com/imy4tconaj
— Del. Kilili Sablan (@Kilili_Sablan) June 5, 2018
Rob Bishop introduced a bill in the House of the Representatives to incentivize hiring workers in the Northern Mariana Islands. The bill passed the House on June 5 and was received by the Senate the next day.
Recovery In Virgin Islands Going Slower Than Expected
Most of the people living in the Virgin Islands say they are not ready for the new hurricane season. Most people are living with tarps for roofs and living in tents or shelters. The Governor says that recovery is eight to nine months in and is expected to take five to seven years.