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Djou welcomes audit of pact with Pacific islands

U.S. Rep. Charles Djou (duh-JOO') says he welcomes a Government Accountability Office audit of federal funding of agreements between the United States and Pacific island nations that cost states like Hawaii millions for health care.

The Hawaii Republican said Tuesday that state taxpayers bear a disproportionate burden for providing social services to migrants of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau who travel to the United States under the Compact of Free Association.

Hawaii's government spends more than $120 million a year on services for the migrants, and the federal government provides only $11 million to help cover the costs.

The state has said legal migrants from Pacific island nations make up less than 1 percent of Hawaii's population but consume more than 20 percent of social services.

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