While most Guam residents from the Federated States of Micronesia may not be personally familiar with Governor-elect Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero, let alone how she works with people, some are hopeful she will build better relations with the FSM community on Guam.
“She's our hope,” said John Patis, public information officer for the FSM Association on Guam.
Under the Compact of Free Association, FSM residents are allowed visa free entry to the United States and its territories, where they are allowed to work and attend schools. The cost of hosting citizens from freely associated states and the increase in the number of crimes involving FSM citizens, however, have been causing an unfavorable situation for Guam.
The Calvo administration’s initiative to deport convicted FSM citizens has caused a strained relationship between Guam and FSM.
Patis is proposing that the incoming Leon Guerrero's administration form a task force to work closely with the freely associated states including FSM, Palau and Republic of the Marshall Islands).
“She stated she’ll work with Freely Associated States citizens,” Patis added.
The overriding factor for the Yigo resident’s near-complete trust in Leon Guerrero he said, is her motherly instincts.