Fitisemanu v. United States: ACLU Amicus Brief

The ACLU filed an amicus brief in connection with a case addressing the constitutionality of the federal law designating persons born in American Samoa as “non-citizen U.S. nationals.” 

Our brief supports the district court’s judgment that the Fourteenth Amendment’s Citizenship Clause applies to American Samoa and “Congress has no authority” to deny the plaintiffs citizenship as a result. Specifically, the ACLU brief focuses on core rights and benefits inherent to U.S. citizenship that have been wrongfully denied to persons born in American Samoa — particularly, to those residing in the fifty states or District of Columbia.

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