Letter to the Editor: More questions on Haglelgam’s published opinion on dual citizenship

I have questions and thoughts on Mr. Haglelgam’s letter published in the previous issue of The Kaselehlie Press:
1) Under what terms or provisions of the Compact or the US Public does it state that COFA citizens are “not eligible to apply for naturalization to become US citizens” as John claims? Without proper citations of the relevant laws or provisions, Iʻm afraid I canʻt just take Johnʻs words for it even as respectable a leader as he is as a former president of our nation.
2) What type of “visa” is he referencing for COFA citizens to apply for to enter the US when we only need our passports to enter the US? I know that citizens of other non-COFA nations have to apply for a travel visa to come to the US. Is he using that kind of scenario to mislead COFA citizens?

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Letter to the Editor: My Dad, My hero. FERNY S. PERMAN, a true representative of the people

15 FEB 2017

permanAs I leave for college abroad, I can’t help but want to declare to Pohnpei and the FSM, a world of thanks & gratitude and my admiration to the man I call DAD, Ipa, my father, and Congressman Ferny S. Perman. Less than two short years ago, Pohnpei Election District 1 elected my dad, a political unknown compared to his colleagues, to be their representative in the Federated States of Micronesia’s Congress -- a mighty feat because it was only after his third attempt that he won.
From humble beginnings, my dad was born in Pohnrakied, Pohnpei in the summer of 1965 to Judy Shoniber Perman and the late Francisco Perman. He was raised in Mwalok, Sokehs. As a firstborn son, he bore many responsibilities at home with the farming, the clearing of the land, helping with his younger siblings, and his all-time favorite, fishing. At an incredibly young age, he was so fascinated about fishing, that his father gifted him with a locally-made canoe to experience the ocean and take on new adventures. An avid fisherman today, he developed his love of fishing in this canoe.

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Letter to the Editor: Former FSM President on Dual Citizenship act

My Fellow FSM Citizens:
I write this Open Letter to you to share my deep concern about the proposed amendment to Section 3 of Article III of our national constitution. This current provision of our national constitution requires that an FSM citizen who is also a citizen of another country should “register his intent to remain a citizen” of our country, the Federated States of Micronesia, and “renounce his citizenship of another nation” within 3 years of his 18th birthday. In plain English, it means that a minor who holds a dual citizenship of Federated States of Micronesia and the United States, for example, because he or she was born in the United States to parents who are both FSM citizens or one was FSM citizen must register his or her intent to remain FSM citizen before he or she reaches 21 years old. If he or she fails to register as FSM citizen he or she will no longer be FSM citizen, but he or she will remain as a FSM national. A national is a person who remains in FSM, but does not have the right to run for public office and participate in state and national election.

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