Vice President and Justice Minister Raynold Oilouch told the media that the implementation of an executive order (EO) on border security which bans foreign nationals with criminal record from entering Palau is difficult to implement but he quickly added that the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) will do its best to deliver its job.
Speaking before the press on May 15, Oilouch said that Palau does not have the technology yet to be able to immediately check foreign nationals’ backgrounds before they are allowed entrance to the country.
“It is difficult to check this people’s background because we have no direct line with these countries whereby we simply press the name in the computer before they get in and then the records will come out. We do not have such capacity yet that’s why it’s difficult,” Oilouch said.
Oilouch, however, explained that one of the best things the government can do to implement the EO is to forge collaboration with other countries through sharing of information.
Palau, more specifically,has a difficulty checking criminal information of foreign nationals from Asia, according to Oilouch, saying that the country has no direct line with these nations.
Unlike other countries, Oilouch said that it is easier to track records of foreigners from the United States since Palau has good communication correspondence with the former’s embassy here.
“They (United States) always alert Palau of people coming from the US mainland but from other country, it’s a little bit difficult so it’s something that we have to work on,” Oilouch said.
The EO on border security was issued by President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. on April 30 after being advised that certain foreign nationals and groups involved in crimes are posing as investors in Palau. The EO also calls for the detainment and deportation of foreign nationals with proven criminal history or criminal affiliation. (By Rhealyn C. Pojas)