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.