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John Fitisemanu

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 — “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...
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Salt Lake City, UTAH — After hearing oral arguments this week, a federal judge in Salt Lake City, Utah has taken under submission and will issue a written opinion “as soon as possible” in the US citizenship case filed by three US nationals living in Utah, according to federal court records. The...
 US Vice President Mike greets American Samoa's US army reserves in Pago Pago, Sunday, April 23, 2017.
Washington, D.C. — Any grievance over US citizenship from persons born in American Samoa should be directed to the US Congress, the US Justice Department says. The message was contained in the department's filings at the Federal Court in Utah's Salt Lake City, where three American Samoans have...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The federal executive branch contends that any grievance towards US citizenship when it comes to persons born in American Samoa should be directed to the US Congress, which has the authority to define the relationship between territories and the United States. This is...