American Samoans seek US citizenship in court battle | Pacific Beat

American Samoans seek US citizenship in court battle

American Samoans seek US citizenship in court battle

Updated 15 May 2014, 11:12 AEST

A landmark appeal in Washington DC could determine the future status of those born in US territories.

Lene Tuaua from American Samoan leads four other plaintiffs in a case where they're arguing that being born on US soil, they are entitled to be known as more than "non-citizen nationals".

Representatives from Guam, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are supporting the case.

Attorney Charles Ala'ilima, an American Samoan himself, says while other territories do receive citizenship, American Samoa are still treated as second class.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Charles Ala'ilima, American Samoan Attorney

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