CHamorus Sent to Washington
In 1936, the 2nd Guam Congress sent Francisco B. Leon Guerrero and Baltazar J. Bordallo to lobby in Washington, DC for US citizenship for the CHamoru people. The two were well received by empathetic individuals in the media and the US Congress familiar with Guahan’s plight. Strong opposition came from the Department of State and the Secretary of the Navy, citing rising tensions with Japan. The pair also visited President Franklin Roosevelt. Congress revisited the issue in 1939 but the start of World War II ended any further consideration.