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CITIZENSHIP

Amata with soldiers at Fort Bragg this week. [courtesy photo]
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Aumua Amata advised members of the military from American Samoa and their families that there is no Pentagon policy change regarding U.S. Nationals. Instead, a recent U.S. Army administrative memo informs on the necessary process for those U.S. Armed Forces...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A California based Samoan organization, which is arguing for automatic US citizenship for persons born in American Samoa, is being allowed to file a “friend of the court brief” at the federal court in Salt Lake City, Utah, where a complaint is pending against the US...
Once again, an effort is under way to mandate U.S. citizenship for the people of American Samoa, however, most of the people want a choice, not a mandate. There are sound cultural and traditional reasons for the current circumstance, under which most of our people are born as U.S. Nationals, and...
This screen shot of the Census 2010 American Samoa form shows Question 7, which has to do with a person's citizenship status: US Citizen or National. The same question will be on the 2020 questionnaire for American Samoa. According to ASG Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele, American Samoa’s census questionnaire has always asked the question — apparently the US census form does not — but will be reinstated for the 2020 Census — a move that is raising concerns in many US cities.  [photo: FS]
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa has its own long-form census questionnaire, which questions a person's citizenship status, says ASG Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele, who noted that this will be the same for the 2020 Census. The citizenship status question became a local...