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Citizenship lawsuit appeal takes on new twist

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There is a new twist in the appeal by six American Samoans who filed their citizenship lawsuit, along with a California based Samoan organization against the federal government arguing that they are entitled to being U.S. citizens under a provision of the U.S. Constitution.
 
The lower court in June this year dismissed the lawsuit, and sided with the U.S. State Department, the federal government, and two officials of the U.S. State Department. The defendants have asked the appeals court in Washington D.C. to affirm the lower court’s decision.
 
However, on Dec. 20, a professor of law in the U.S., one Samuel Erman filed a notice with the appeals court of his intention to file an ‘amicus curiae’ (friend of the court) brief in support of the plaintiffs.
 
The notice states that in accordance with a provision of the federal court, Erman “will explain the concept of 'jus soil' citizenship in the United States.” Additionally, “this amicus brief may be joined by other professors and scholars of American citizenship.”
 
(According to Princeton University website , ‘jus soli’ —  is Latin ‘for right of the soil’ — and is commonly known as birthright citizenship.)
 
As of last Friday, there were no other details filed by Erman with the appellate  court.



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