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Supreme Court rejects citizenship for American Samoans

Supreme Court rejects citizenship for American Samoans

The Supreme Court turned down an appeal on Monday from American Samoans who said they deserved the right to be U.S. citizens at birth.

The court’s action leaves in place a law adopted in 1900 that says persons born in American Samoa will be considered “nationals” who owe allegiance to the United States, but not citizens with the right to vote and hold public office.

“We’re obviously very disappointed. This means there will be many Samoans living in California, including veterans, who will not be able to vote in November,” said Neil Weare, a civil rights lawyer and president of We the People Project, which sponsored the lawsuit...

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