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BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP

Attorney General-nominee Mitzie Jessop-Ta’ase with Sen. Magalei Logovi
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During her Senate confirmation hearing last week, Attorney General-nominee Mitzie Jessop-Ta’ase was asked her view on the decision by the federal court in Salt Lake City, Utah, which ruled that US nationals born in American Samoa are automatic US citizens, under...
The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates passed a resolution earlier this month supporting an interpretation of the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution that recognizes all persons born in the territories as natural-born citizens of the United...
U.S. Federal District Court building Salt Lake City, Utah
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa Government and Congresswoman Aumua Amata, along with the US State Department have identified issues that they plan to raise in their appeal against a Utah federal court ruling, which gives automatic US citizenship to persons born in American Samoa. ASG and...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Government and Congresswoman Aumua Amata, as well as the US State Department, have filed separate notices of their intent to appeal the US citizenship decision issued last month by the federal court in Salt Lake City, Utah. The State Department, along...
U.S. and American Samoa flags outside the ASG Executive Office Building
HONOLULU (AP) — Growing up in American Samoa, Filipo Ilaoa’s neighbors were his cousins on a plot of land full of banana and breadfruit trees shared by his extended family and overseen by a chief elected by his relatives. He worries a federal judge's recent ruling in Utah saying those born in the...
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...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At last Friday’s cabinet meeting, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga spoke about the US citizenship issue, saying it is a “very, very simple” matter and the “position that our people took is very simple.” “We believe that we are okay the way we are now,” he said, adding that,...
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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...
John Fitisemanu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  As President Donald Trump pushes to end birthright citizenship for U.S.-born children of immigrants who are not citizens, a federal court case filed in Utah that seeks to expand that exact right for American Samoans is heating up, according to KUER.org — public radio...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US citizenship lawsuit filed by three American Samoans living in Utah is moving forward, with the federal court in Salt Lake City, Utah setting oral arguments for November — after the midterm elections — while the American Samoa Government and Congresswoman Aumua...

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