Tuesday, July 17, 2012

American Samoa natives sue for US citizenship birthright

Let's hope this gets to the highest courts and the unfair and demeaning political status of the citizens of the US Territories is brought to the attention of the US citizens in the other 50 states. MJ

JURIST - Paper Chase: American Samoa natives sue for US citizenship birthright:
Dan Taglioli - July 13, 2012

Several natives of the US territory American Samoa on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit in Washington, DC, arguing that those born in American Samoa should be granted automatic US citizenship. 
The lawsuit challenges federal laws [Reuters report] that except American Samoa from the rule pertaining to all other US territories that US citizenship is bestowed as a birthright. 
American Samoa has a population of approximately 68,000 . Those born there are US nationals who must follow the same procedures for naturalization as permanent legal residents, or they can claim citizenship if at birth they had a parent who was a citizen. Otherwise they receive passports with an imprint noting their statuses as non-citizen US nationals.