Equally American Blog

  • EA and Partners Discuss Emerging Campaign to Overrule the Insular Cases

    Yesterday, Equally American, in collaboration with Hispanic Federation, ACLU, and LatinoJustice PRLDEF, held a virtual discussion on the impact of United States v. Vaello Madero decision and the emerging campaign to overrule the Insular Cases once and for all. Following last month’s decision in United States v. Vaello Madero, it is more evident than ever that the United States has a colonies problem. 

  • Justices’ Call to Overrule Insular Cases Taken Up in Supreme Court Petition

    Fitisemanu Plaintiffs Seek Recognition of Birthright Citizenship in U.S. Territories

  • National Civil Rights Organizations Press Biden-Harris DOJ to Condemn Insular Cases

    Twelve national civil rights organizations and Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico are calling on the Biden-Harris Department of Justice to “reject the Insular Cases and the racist assumptions they represent.” In a letter sent on February 10, 2022 they urged Attorney General Merrick Garland and Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar “to immediately cease relying on the Insular Cases in any present or future cases, and to publicly condemn the Insular Cases and the territorial incorporation doctrine.”

  • Racial Justice Series Continues with a Conversation with Former Members of Congress

    Equally American’s Racial Justice Series continues tomorrow as former Members of Congress the Hon. Donna M. Christensen (USVI) and the Hon. Robert Underwood (Guam) join EA President Neil Weare for a virtual conversation on how systemic racism has impacted and continues to impact residents of U.S. territories. Part II of the series, The Left and Right's Blindspot in Systemic Racism: America's Colonies Problem, will take place on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 5-6 pm EST (6-7 pm in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 8-9 am on Thursday, January 27th in Guam). More information about the event, including speaker bios and free registration, is available here.

    * A recording of the event is now available here *

  • Case About Birthright Citizenship in U.S. Territories Heads to Supreme Court

    Plaintiffs in Fitisemanu v. United States will take their case to the Supreme Court of the United States after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit denied their petition for review by the full court earlier this week. Notably, Judges Robert Bacharach and Nancy Moritz dissented to the denial of review in a lengthy and scholarly opinion setting forth the constitutional basis for recognizing a right to citizenship for people born in U.S. territories, and the “exceptional importance” of this case. The Fitisemanu plaintiffs had initially prevailed in their case, with Judge Clark Waddoups ruling at the district court level that Congress did not have the power to deny citizenship to individuals born in U.S. territories. On appeal, a divided panel of the Tenth Circuit reversed 2-1, with each judge writing a separate opinion.

  • Supreme Court Asks What “Equal Justice Under Law” Means in U.S. Territories, Justices Reveal Few Answers

    Yesterday the Supreme Court was asked to consider what four words emblazoned on the front of the Court – “Equal Justice Under Law” – mean for the 3.5 million citizens living in U.S. territories. At issue was whether the denial of Supplemental Security Income benefits to José L. Vaello Madero based solely on his place of residence in Puerto Rico violated the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. Two lower courts ruled favorably for Mr. Vaello Madero, but it was unclear after oral argument whether the Supreme Court would affirm or reverse those decisions.

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