Census data pinpoints diversity among Utah's Pacific Islanders

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  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Dec. 7, 2017 10:28 a.m.

    @ Hutterite: Haven't you learned the difference between LEGAL immigration and ILLEGAL immigration yet?

  • JakeF Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 9:28 a.m.

    Delasalle, you have a valid question. While Micronesians from Guam and the Northern Marianas (Saipan, etc) are US citizens, the Micronesian folks from the Marshall Islands, Pohnpei, Yap, Kosrae, Palau, Chuuk are not US citizens. And not all Micronesian nations are included in the Compact of Free Association (COFA) with the US, for example Kiribati and Nauru. Oddly, people born on American Samoa (Polynesia) are considered US “nationals” but not US “citizens.” It is complicated, and with our growing Micronesian population in Utah, it’s high time for our agencies to get familiar and be compliant with the Compact of Free Association referenced in the article

  • JakeF Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 9:28 a.m.

    Delasalle, you have a valid question. While Micronesians from Guam and the Northern Marianas (Saipan, etc) are US citizens, the Micronesian folks from the Marshall Islands, Pohnpei, Yap, Kosrae, Palau, Chuuk are not US citizens. And not all Micronesian nations are included in the Compact of Free Association (COFA) with the US, for example Kiribati and Nauru. Oddly, people born on American Samoa (Polynesia) are considered US “nationals” but not US “citizens.” It is complicated, and with our growing Micronesian population in Utah, it’s high time for our agencies to get familiar and be compliant with the Compact of Free Association referenced in the article

  • DarthMaul Vernal, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 3:33 a.m.

    They are not just centrally located in the Wasatch Front range but are scattered throughout Utah because I've worked with a lot of them all over Utah. They are all wonderful law-abiding people with of course human flaws as expected in all of us and the ones I have been interacting with in my profession, stood in line to be in the country legally and I am talking about the island countries who were never considered a U.S. Territory. Great article DN.

  • delasalle Sandy, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 11:51 p.m.

    Something isn't clear in this article. Those from Guam are US citizens, same with Saipan, both of which are part of Micronesia. So does this mean those from the other islands are not US citizens? That would be odd. I may need to study my US geography a little more.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 10:45 p.m.

    Not a lot of Syrians, though.