Pacific Immigration Impact

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Every year hundreds of thousands of immigrants, both legal and illegal, from around the pacific, come to Guam in hopes for a better life. Many of these people, mainly islanders of the pacific, believe that Guam is the best place to go. With more freedom, protection, opportunities, and benefits Guam offers a taste of the American dream to immigrants who do not want to go to the mainland. However, due to the gradual exponential growth of immigrant rates to Guam, immigration has become a major issue to the island and its inhabitants. Guam being the small American territory that is it, is faced with major economic and infrastructural set backs due to the influx of foreign settlers. The strain is not only felt by the economy or resources, but it is felt by its people. Taxpayers are forced to pay for the welfare and schooling for many of these immigrants, some of who are illegal aliens. Taxes must also be spent on reduced housing, nutrition assistance programs: supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) and special programs for women, infants, and children (WIC); which heavily strains the economy. Due to this, residents of Guam have started to place a negative attitude to immigrants, blaming all problems on it: such as crime, poverty, overpopulation, pollution, and many…show more content…
The compact was an agreement between the U.S. government and the, at the time, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands: the districts of Kosrae, Pohnpei, Yap, and Chuuk; as well as the districts of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. The agreement obligated the U.S. government to provide certain things to people from these places such as unrestricted travel within the states and territories, education, healthcare, and defense. As part of this agreement the U.S. government would also reimburse the states and territories that provide the promised services to
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