Citizenship is a right, not a privilege. Yet the federal government treats citizenship for persons born in U.S. territories as a privilege granted by Congress rather than a right guaranteed by the Constitution.
The American principle of citizenship by birth within the United States is incompatible with leaving the citizenship status of Americans in the territories up to Congress.
Americans born in U.S. territories have a constitutional right to citizenship that Congress has no power under the Constitution to deny. We the People Project is protecting this principle through groundbreaking impact litigation brought on behalf of Americans born in the U.S. territory of American Samoa who are denied recognition as citizens.
Lene Tuaua, lead plaintiff in Tuaua v. United States, is defending his family’s right to citizenship by challenging the constitutionality of federal statutes and policies that label him with the subordinate status of “non-citizen national.”
- Learn more now about Tuaua v. United States.
- Pledge your support for recognizing that the constitution guarantees a right to citizenship by birth in the United States, including U.S. territories.
- Make a donation now to help us defend the right to citizenship. Your contribution could help ensure equal citizenship for all Americans.
- Share your story if you have been denied citizenship based on being born in American Samoa.