American Samoans Urge DC Circ. To Back Citizenship Right

Law360, Washington (February 9, 2015, 3:42 PM EST) -- A group of American Samoans urged the D.C. Circuit on Monday to overturn a lower court's decision denying their bid for U.S. citizenship, arguing the 14th Amendment clearly granted them the right to citizenship as natives of a U.S. territory.

Looking at the original meaning of the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause and surrounding evidence from the time made it clear that U.S. citizenship is a "fundamental" constitutional right for those born on any de jure sovereign U.S. soil, according to Neil Weare of the We the People Project, counsel for the plaintiffs, a group of American Samoan "noncitizen nationals" led by...

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