American Samoans should be recognized as US citizens, federal judge rules

American Samoans should be recognized as US citizens, federal judge rules

People born in the US territory of American Samoa should be recognized as US citizens, a federal judge in Utah ruled Thursday. American Samoa, a group of islands in the Pacific, is a US territory, and American Samoans are currently considered ’non-citizen nationals’ of the US. They cannot vote or run for office and are not eligible for certain government jobs.

Tom A
Tom A
Herbie Goes Bananas
Herbie Goes Bananas 2 months

“The American Samoan government claims automatic U.S. citizenship would undermine local traditions and practices.”

porcus 2 months

Yes, obviously so.

I have no idea
I have no idea 2 months


Petri Fide
Petri Fide 2 months

I didn't know American Samoa was any different on citizenship than Guam, Puerto Rico or US Virgin Island.

Sir_Kutz 2 months

I agree.

NeverMetTheGuy 2 months

They're not? It's literally in their name... That's like having a court hearing on if a basketball is a ball, or... A sphere, I guess?

Seekster 2 months

I honestly had no idea that people born in American Samoa were not automatically citizens. I mean the 14th Amendment is pretty clear that if you are born in the United States (which includes the territories) then you are automatically an American citizen.

Ben 2 months

Didn't know that they weren't. Learned something knew today.

Mitchell 2 months

Good! Samoans are neat. It's good to have an even bigger American family.

Tim Baker
Tim Baker 2 months

Good for them

ConcealCarryProtect 2 months

Oddly enough I thought they were. And I have Samoan friends I work with. Great guys. Bad ass tattoos as well.

eddy yetty
eddy yetty 2 months

That's odd, I thought they were!

Scruffy Stoat
Scruffy Stoat 2 months

If you can enlist in the military and then die in defense of The US, the least they could do is recognize you as a citizen. There are disabled veterans in American Samoa, and the closest VA is in Hawaii, which is a bit more than a short drive away. We've seemingly forgot the primary reason we started a revolutionary war against one of the world's greatest empires, "no taxation without representation."

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