If you are born in a U.S. territory, shouldn't you have a right to U.S. citizenship? Based on a discriminatory law, people born in American Samoa have been required to naturalize simply to be recognized as a U.S. citizen. This has meant paying a $700 fee, taking a U.S. civics exam, undergoing a background check, and waiting up to a year or more. Meanwhile, those born anywhere else in the United States - including other U.S. territories - are automatically citizens without having to naturalize.
At the same time, American Samoa has the highest rate of military service in the United States, with a casualty rate in Iraq and Afghanistan more than 7 times the national average. This isn't just wrong, it's unconstitutional.
We the People Project is working with the LA-based Samoan Federation of America to help American Samoans living throughout the 50 states be able to be recognized as citizens, without having to pay any fees or take any tests.
If you'd like to be recognized as a U.S. citizen, we'd like to hear from you! Take this quick 2-3 minute survey. Take a look at our FAQ if you have questions.