APNewsBreak: American Samoans sue for birthright citizenship

Posted on March 27, 2018


HONOLULU – American Samoa residents living in Utah filed a lawsuit Tuesday in a second attempt to gain citizenship status for residents of the U.S. territory in the South Pacific.

Lead plaintiff John Fitisemanu, and others born in American Samoa, are petitioning U.S. courts for citizenship under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which confers citizenship at birth to anyone born in the United States. The Associated Press obtained the documents before the case was filed.

Although American Samoa became a U.S. territory in 1900, those born there aren’t recognized as citizens, and are instead considered U.S. nationals.

Source: APNewsBreak: American Samoans sue for birthright citizenship