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CITIZENSHIP LAWSUIT

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Government and Congresswoman Aumua Amata are maintaining that as the Territory’s elected representatives, they “are best situated to represent the American Samoan interest in self-determination” and “have a direct interest” in the US citizenship...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “American Samoa’s democratically elected representatives have direct and substantial interests at stake that are not adequately represented by existing parties” in the US citizenship lawsuit before the federal court in Salt Lake City, Utah, according to the legal team,...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Last week Friday, the Washington D.C. based non-profit, Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) sought permission from the federal court in Salt Lake City, Utah to be allowed to file an ‘Amicus Curiae’ or friends of the court, brief in the US citizenship lawsuit case, in...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Government and Congresswoman Aumua Amata have asked a federal court in Salt Lake City, Utah to allow them to intervene in a citizenship lawsuit filed there by three people who were born in American Samoa. The plaintiffs — John Fitisemanu, Pale Tuli and...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Justice Department (USDOJ) has hinted — in court filings — at the possibility of the American Samoa Government seeking to intervene as a defendant in the US citizenship lawsuit filed last month in the federal court in Salt Lake City, Utah. There have been local...
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...
Lead plaintiff John Fitisemanu's passport says, "THE BEARER IS A UNITED STATES NATIONAL AND NOT A UNITED STATES CITIZEN." (Katrina Keil Youd / Equally American)
Los Angeles, CA — They are called American Samoans. But many residents of the U.S. territory — an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean — don't feel American. That's because people born in American Samoa are not U.S. citizens unless one of their parents is a citizen. A lawsuit filed in Utah...