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CITIZENSHIP LAWSUIT

Courtroom, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Reversing a federal district court decision, which grants automatic US citizenship to people born in American Samoa “would only create additional questions about their belonging in the American polity,” according to current and former Delegates to the US House as well as...
Photo of a 'national' passport
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US State Department has argued that, among other things, a federal district court decision on the US citizenship case is too broad, overboard and ignores the wishes of American Samoa’s elected officials and US nationals living in the territory, according to the...
U.S. Federal District Court building Salt Lake City, Utah
Washington, D.C. — Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata confirmed that she and the Governor of American Samoa have filed an appellate brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in the Fitisemanu case alongside the U.S. Department of State, appealing the District court decision...
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....

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