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CITIZENSHIP LAWSUIT

Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “O ai gei kamaiki” — meaning — “who are these kids” who filed the lawsuit to impose automatic US citizenship on persons born in American Samoa , asked Sens. Tuiagamoa Tavai and Satele Galu Satele Sr. in Samoan during last Friday’s Senate Rules Committee hearing where...
We are disappointed by the opinion of the Utah federal court in the Fitisemanu case. It will certainly come as a surprise to tens of thousands of American Samoans that a federal judge in Utah has ruled that they are now United States citizens. Because the residents of American Samoa have vibrant...
Photo of a 'national' passport
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — US District Court Judge Clark Waddoups stayed the enforcement of his Dec. 12th ruling which declared that persons born in American Samoa are US citizens, pending resolution of the issue on appeal, while the American Samoa Government and Congresswoman Aumua Amata have...
John Fitisemanu, in the background holding his U.S. National passport
Woods Cross, UTAH — John Fitisemanu woke up early Friday morning, got dressed and finally completed one of the tasks on a more than 20-year-old to-do list: He registered to vote. For less than a day, Fitisemanu, who was born in American Samoa, was legally considered a full-fledged American citizen...
U.S. Federal District Court building Salt Lake City, Utah
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — US District Court Judge Clark Waddoups has issued a stay in enforcement of his Dec. 12th ruling which declared that persons born in American Samoa are US citizens by virtue of the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Waddoups, with the federal court in Salt...
U.S. Federal District Court building Salt Lake City, Utah
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Persons born in American Samoa are citizens of the United States by virtue of the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” declared US District Court Judge Clark Waddoups of the federal court in Salt Lake City, Utah, in a 69-page opinion issued yesterday. Under...
U.S. Federal District Court building Salt Lake City, Utah
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Persons born in American Samoa are citizens of the United States by virtue of the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” said US District Court Judge Clark Waddoups of the federal court in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 69-page ruling issued Thursday, Dec. 12....
Federal District Court Building in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Government and Congresswoman Aumua Amata - who are Intervenors in the citizenship lawsuit before the federal court in Salt Lake City, Utah - have opposed a new motion filed by three American Samoans living in Utah, who argue that since they were born...
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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...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata
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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