Equally American Blog

  • UPR-RP Lecture on Constitutional Rights in the Caribbean and the Pacific

    Does Congress have the power to turn birthright citizenship on and off in U.S. territories?  What do the Insular Cases mean for U.S. territories today?  These are just some of the questions that will be addressed on Wednesday, September 11th at UPR-Rio Piedras in a lecture by Neil Weare, President of We the People Project.  

  • DC Circuit Appeal—Tuaua: “If we are Americans, then why not citizens?”

    Appeal filed in landmark case arguing that the constitutional right of birthright citizenship extends throughout the territorial limits of the United States

    Leneuoti Tuaua is a proud American, born in American Samoa, a U.S. territory since 1900.  He is not recognized as a U.S. citizen, though, because a federal statute labels people born in American Samoa “nationals, but not citizens, of the United States.”  In Tuaua v. United States, he and others born in American Samoa seek recognition that the path to citizenship guaranteed by the Constitution – birth within the United States – cannot be redefined by Congress to exclude people born in U.S. territories.

  • A Dream Deferred: "Separate and Unequal" in U.S. Territories

    On the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, more than 4 million Americans living in U.S. territories – a population greater than that of nearly half the states – are still waiting to realize the dream.

  • Citizenship Plebiscite Raises Constitutional Concerns By Asking Wrong Question

    As the U.S. Senate considers legislation to put the question of citizenship up for a vote in American Samoa, attorneys Charles V. Ala'ilima and Neil Weare highlighted the significant constitutional concerns it raises in light of the ongoing federal case Tuaua v United States.

  • Federal Judge: No Right to Citizenship in U.S. Territories

    Think there is a right to citizenship in U.S. territories?  If a D.C. District Court is right, the Constitution’s guarantee of citizenship to people “born . . . in the United States” does not apply to U.S. territories.

  • Rachel Maddow: "It is American Samoa."

    Rachel Maddow took a few minutes yesterday to raise awareness about American Samoa, one of five territories that, along with the 50 states and District of Columbia, are part of the United States.  Thanks Rachel!

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