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    Close Allies of the FSM in the U.S. Congress React to Urgent Plea by President Panuelo, & Presidents Heine & Remengesau Jr., to Remedy the REAL ID Act Issue

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    Close Allies of the FSM in the U.S. Congress React to Urgent Plea by President Panuelo, & Presidents Heine & Remengesau Jr., to Remedy the REAL ID Act Issue

    PALIKIR, Pohnpei—In a letter dated May 24th, 2019, the Honorable Tulsi Gabbard, the Honorable Don Young, the Honorable Ed Case, the Honorable Rob Bishop, the Honorable Michael F.Q. San Nicolas, the Honorable Aumua Amata, and the Honorable Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan—all members of the U.S. Congress’ House of Representatives—formally requested the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to honor the intent of the REAL ID Act Modification for the Freely Associated States Act to assist citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and the Republic of Palau (ROP) living in the United States in obtaining full-term drivers’ licenses. Specifically, the members requested that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security expedite applications for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and, through partnership with the U.S. Congress, seek to remove the requirement for citizens from the FSM, the RMI, and the ROP to require visas and/or EADs when seeking a REAL ID card.

    “…It makes no sense for these citizens [from the FSM, the RMI, and the ROP] seeking a REAL ID card to be required to provide a visa or an EAD when the Compacts approved by law do not require them to have either,” the letter says.

    The letter was prompted in part by recent meetings between several of these members of the U.S. Congress and His Excellency David W. Panuelo, President of the FSM, Her Excellency Dr. Hilda C. Heine, President of the RMI, and His Excellency Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., President of the ROP.

    The Governments of the FSM, the RMI, and the ROP stand in solidarity in pursuit of fair and equal treatment for our citizens, both at home and abroad. The Government of the FSM acknowledges, and appreciates, the support from the U.S. Congress on this matter and others, and looks forward to a swift resolution to the REAL ID issue affecting the Nation’s citizens abroad.

    For more information on how the Government of the FSM serves its citizens abroad, call the Embassy of the FSM in Washington, D.C. at (202) 223-4383 or visit the website at http://fsmembassydc.org/

    For access to the letter from members of the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, visit here: https://pio.gov.fm/files/House_Lawmakers_Pen_Letter_to_DHS_Acting_Secretary.pdf

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