(a) The Attorney General or chief immigration officer may in his/her discretion, require any alien who is either visiting or residing in American Samoa to post a cash bond, to ensure that she/he will not become a financial burden to the American Samoa Government, not to exceed an amount sufficient to pay transportation costs to his/her home country plus not more than $500.
(b) In the case of a fishing vessel that is registered in or otherwise connected to, a jurisdiction outside of the geographic area of the United States, and is based in American Samoa, the Attorney General or chief immigration officer may, in his/her discretion, require the owner of the vessel or his/her authorized representative in American Samoa to post a bond, to ensure that each crewmember of such vessel will not become a financial burden to the American Samoa Government in an amount sufficient to pay the transportation costs of all or any number of the crewmembers to his or her or their home country plus not more than $500 per person.
(c) Sums deposited in accordance with this section shall be returned, or accounted for if used as provided in this section, to the deportee or payee upon his/her or the covered alien's departure from American Samoa. The original receipt and a copy of the manifest or other proof demonstrating the alien left will be required to secure a full refund. The bond may be used to pay immigration fines or debts owed to the government.History: Rule 3-86, eff 7 Dec 86.