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Tuaua v. United States
District of Columbia Court of Appeals Seal.svg
Court United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Decided June 5 2015
Holding
People born in American Samoa are not entitled to birthright citizenship under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

Tuaua v. United States is a court case, originally filed in 2012, [1] in which a group of American Samoans sued the State Department and the Obama administration. They sued to force the government to recognize American Samoans' birthright citizenship, arguing that the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees that anyone born in the United States is automatically granted citizenship. [2] The case originated as a complaint filed in 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, by American Samoan and U.S. national Leneuoti Tuaua, who was prohibited from becoming a police officer in California because he was not a U.S. citizen. [3] The case was docketed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 2013. Briefs were filed on May 12, 2014, and an oral argument was made on February 9, 2015. [4] On June 5, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled 3-0 to deny birthright citizenship to American Samoans, ruling that the guarantee of such citizenship to citizens in the Fourteenth Amendment does not apply to unincorporated U.S. territories. [5] On February 1, 2016, attorneys filed a petition requesting that the Supreme Court of the United States review the Appeals Court's decision. [6]

On June 13, 2016, the Supreme Court denied certiorari, [7] meaning the case will not be heard, and the lower court's ruling stands.

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References

  1. ^ Levine, Stephen (2016-06-01). Pacific Ways: Government and Politics in the Pacific Islands. Victoria University Press. pp. 31–. ISBN  9781776560264. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  2. ^ Levy, Pema (23 February 2015). "Obama Administration Using Century-Old Racist Case Law to Block Citizenship". Mother Jones. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  3. ^ Newkirk, Vann R., II (30 March 2016). "Testing Territorial Limits". The Atlantic. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  4. ^ "About Tuaua v. United States". We the People Project. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  5. ^ Levy, Pema (5 June 2015). "A Federal Appeals Court Just Denied Birthright Citizenship to American Samoans Using Racist Caselaw". Mother Jones. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  6. ^ Wang, Frances Kai-Hwa (2 February 2016). "American Samoa Citizenship Case Arrives at Supreme Court". NBC News. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Order List" (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. June 13, 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.