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12 May 2021

We understand that our problem is a part of the more complex one. CBP does not allow us to take a direct flight from Guam to Hawaii or other states because of an old, unfair, and racist law. The 8 CFR 235.5 that establishes pre-inspection on the border was created because the residents of Guam were not treated as other USA citizens. And they are not treated as other USA citizens today too. Guam residents do not have the right to vote for President, they do not have an access to social programs which work in states. So the pre-inspection on the border is an element of these obsolete, racist laws.

One-way border pre-inspection is a discriminatory factor for territories. Accordingly, once we learned about House Resolution 279, also known as the Insular Cases Resolution, we supported it. As people who have fled persecution in their origin country for fighting against injustice and trampling of basic human rights and freedom, we are very sensitive to the issues raised in H.Res. 279. In the modern world, there is no place for 'alien races' treatment, no place for a system of rules of the age of colonies, no place for separation and inequality doctrine for territories.

We held a rally near the Guam Congress building and sent a letter to Vice Speaker Tina Rose Muna Barnes. The letter was attached to the testimonials of Vice Speaker of the H.Res.279.

30 April 2021

More than a month past and we did not receive any good news. A couple of members of our group had a meeting with an assistant of Vice Speaker Tina Muna. During the meeting, they were told that unfortunately, the federal government did not answer the emails about our situation that the Vice Speaker had sent.

The federal agencies ignoring the problem even on that level leave us desperate. Although we are not giving up.

We also had a zoom meeting with a group of social workers who helped us during the hunger strike. We have been told that they contacted Mr. Tenorio and that he did not receive any result yet neither.

19 March 2021

Due to the worsening health conditions of the strikers and promises, given to us by the Lieutenant Governor, we decided to end the hunger strike. We came to the Adule Up once again to break down the tents and take down signs

We understand that the goal of the strike is not achieved, but we stay optimistic and trusting in officials of Guam to keep their word and help us with the lawlessness.

05 March 2021

A meeting was held with an Guam official, Lieutenant Governor Honorable Joshua Tenorio. On this day, a long conversation took place on the most pressing problems of asylum seekers in Guam. We have clearly explained the reason for the flight of people from their country - political persecution and considered the main aspects of applying for political asylum; the situation is clearly defined in which it is impossible for asylum seekers to return to their country of origin; and also presented the fact that a long wait for the process leads to the emergence of a humanitarian emergency for this category of people in a vulnerable status. It should be noted that a group of about 40 people gathered for a conversation with the official, including affirmative and deffencive asylum seekers, each of whom was given the opportunity to acquaint the Guam government with their problems. As a result of the bilateral dialogue, Mr. Tenorio has publicly taken responsibility for promptly liaising with the United States Congress members and, on behalf of and the Government of Guam, has assigned us an Attorney to liaise with DHS representatives to expeditiously resolve the issue of granting admission to the US Mainland. We remained to continue the hunger strike in the same place and will continue to show legitimate protest activity. We express our sincere hope to support the Government of Guam, local leaders and members of the press agencies in defense of the right to freedom of movement!

As a result of the bilateral dialogue, Mr. Tenorio has publicly taken responsibility for promptly liaising with the United States Congress members and, on behalf of and the Government of Guam, has assigned us an Attorney to liaise with DHS representatives to expeditiously resolve the issue of granting admission to the US Mainland.

We remained to continue the hunger strike in the same place and will continue to show legitimate protest activity. We express our sincere hope to support the Government of Guam, local leaders and members of the press agencies in defense of the right to freedom of movement!

03 March 2021

The first call took place that against the background of an atmosphere of absolute helplessness and despair, our health gradually began to deteriorate. And nevertheless, we highly appreciate all the participants in our movement; and we also appreciate the contribution of all people who provide us with any assistance they can. With a strong belief in the achievement of the goal set by nonviolent methods, defend the legal right to move against the misinterpretation of the law with the federal agency politics.

01 March 2021

Our Hunger Strike has started!!!

The hunger strike was publicly announced exactly one month ago and featured in several newspapers and news reports. Thus, with the open coverage of protest actions and moods in the context of a humanitarian catastrophe, the problem was not resolved until March 1, 2021, and, unfortunately, not a single official comment was received on the merits of the issue in question

We met early morning to pitch tents and set up signs in the park next to Guam Governor office. But it didn't last long. In 3 hours, the department of parks and recreation came to us saying that we need to buy a permit to be here. It's a protest, we don't cook bbq here! But they don't care. We can't stay, we need to pack up.

Those guys were intimidating us saying that if we did't pack up and go, it could affect our asylum cases. Of course, they refused to help with the permit. So we had to pack up. We tried our best to stay closer to road so that more people see us. We even put a small tent on the sidewalk and sat there in turn.

We have 4 people at the start of our hunger strike, which has been declared indefinitely. As a result of minor adjustments and working with police and government officials, we have received permission to conduct a "peaceful rally". The site of the hunger strike is a lawn near the Governor of Guam's "Adelupe" Residence.

30 January 2021

Receiving no answer from the local or federal government, we asked the Human Rights Watch (HRW) for help. We help a peaceful rally near the Guam Congress building.

We understand that our right to freely move throughout USA is violated. Please, share this so that more people get to know about the lawlessness.

4 December 2020

After a few hours of hard work of cutting the video, creating and inserting subtitles, the edited video was uploaded on Youtube. This video was a big step for all of us, especially for those who risked to speak out in front of a camera.

The next step was sending letters to a long list of federal people with power: from the president-elect Joe Biden to democratic senators and organizations. You can see the full list down below: Lou Leon Guerrero, Mr. Mark A. Morgan, Dianne Feinstein, Ilhan Omar, Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration, USCIS Los Angeles asylum office, Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas, Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Kamala Harris, Jennifer B. Higgins, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, UNHCR Geneva, UNHCR USA, press agencies.

The content of the letter is the same with the text on the home page.

Also we received the following answer from Office of Congressman San Nicolas regarding the recent rally near the office. We are lookign forward for the answer from USCIS and hope that congressman is willing to help us.

28 November 2020

Another weekly rally in the same place. Many cars are beeping, expressing support. Although no press agencies or local authorities showed up, we don’t give up. Moreover, we recorded a couple of interviews with people among us, where we were trying to explain what is happening, why we are suffering, and what we are demanding.

24 November 2020

We held a rally near Congressman San Nicolas office in Hagatna. The congressional representative can raise the issue of inadmissibility russian asylum seekers from Guam to the USA states. That’s why we count on San Nicolas for our problem. We even recorded a public appeal to the congressman, where asked him to step in and help us restore our rights.

After the rally and video appeal, the congressman's office contacted us and informed us that they had sent a letter to USCIS California regarding the long waiting on our asylum cases.

21 November 2020

The third weekly rally was quiet. Although a few people came asking why we are protesting, no reporters showed up. Unfortunately, no authorities have still contacted us. But we remain strong because we know that we fight for our rights. Freedom to move is a basic and simple right, and no one can be deprived of this right without a judicial procedure.

14 November 2020

Our second weekly rally on Paseo Loop. This time, a reporter from the Pacific Daily News came to get our comments on the purposes of the rally.

“Tell me, it’s a simple question.” - one of us asked the reporter.
- “When was the last time you travel?”
“6 months ago” - was the answer.
“And I am forced to stay here 3 years already.”

The thing is, almost everyone on Guam travels at least once a year. Everyone understands that medical, educational, career opportunities on the island are not big. After talking with a few people, the reporter asked one of us to explain the problem on camera.

The Pacific Daily News, together with The Guam Daily post, are the only newspapers on Guam island. So after the coverage from these press agencies, there is no doubt that the local government knows about our problem.

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6 November 2020

The Guam Daily post came out with an article about our rally on the first page. The newspaper is one of two newspapers on the island, you can get a copy almost near every supermarket.

5 November 2020

Since agencies’ door remained closed for us, we decided to hold a weekly rally on a popular Guam location in order to bring people’s attention. The location was the Paseo Loop, near Chamorro Village. People read our protest signs: someone supported us, someone yelled: “go back home!” It was heavy raining that day. We had to hide under the roofs of nearby buildings. An hour later, reporters from Guam Daily Post came. They asked us why we were protesting and made a live video with our comments. You can see it below. It was the first time we publicly declared our readiness to start a hunger strike if our claims remain unheard.

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20 and 27 October 2020

We held our first rallies near the DHS building. The protest was ignored by the agency. One agent came to us only to say that we are protesting in vain and that the local DHS has nothing to do with our cases (although we understand that CBP and USCIS are agencies of DHS). But having exhausted other ways of solving our problem, we continued the protest actions in order to bring attention to the lawlessness.

19 October 2020

After several unsuccessful attempts to fly out from Guam to the USA mainland and facing ignoring from federal agencies and authorities, we decided to begin a series of peaceful protest actions. Our first step was to send proper notification to the following addressees: governor of Guam, DHS Guam, USCIS Guam, CBP Guam. In the letters, we expressed our immense appreciation and gratitude to the people of Guam for hospitality and mentioned that we are facing the fact of a gross violation of national and international law by the US Federal agencies – USCIS and CBP. We asked the honorable Government of Guam and human rights organizations to assist us in protecting and restoring our legal rights.

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