Report – By Fili Sagapolutele of Samoa News
The federal court in Washington DC has dismissed the citizenship lawsuit filed last July by five American Samoans and a California based organisation, whose suit asked the court to declare that all persons born in American Samoa should become US citizens.
American Samoans are today considered US nationals, but not US citizens. This means they can work, travel freely and join the US military, but they cannot vote in federal elections or attend jury duty.
Defendants in the suit were the federal government, and three US State Department officials who last year asked the court to dismiss the case.
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