Thursday, June 13, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Biden Administration Urges Supreme Court to Not Take Up American Samoa Citizenship Case
By News Release @ 3:01 PM :: 1927 Views :: National News

Amata’s Statement on Fitisemanu Case

News Release from Office of Rep Aumua Amata, R-AS, August 31, 2022

Pago Pago – Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata released the following statement: “I am gratified that the Biden administration has once again supported our Territory’s legal position by urging the Supreme Court to allow the Appeals Court ruling to stand. The U.S. officially opposes imposing citizenship on U.S. nationals. This is consistent with prior presidential administrations, and the courts have time and again ruled in favor of American Samoa’s obvious right of self-determination. Whether the Supreme Court takes up the case or not, we are highly confident they will support the repeated findings of prior rulings sustaining American Samoa’s self-determination, and by extension, our right to preserve our fa’a Samoa. Thank you to attorney Mike Williams and his team for ably and successfully representing American Samoa at every step of this important case.”

History and Background:

In 2021, special interest lawyers for three plaintiffs in the case of Fitisemanu v. United States joined other special interest lawyers in another territorial law case and in Congressional hearings to lobby Congress and the White House. These lawyers, focused on a national agenda, demanded that President Biden condemn the Insular Cases and thereby abandon the unincorporated territory status of our homeland.

In 2021 and now again in 2022, and in keeping with longstanding U.S. policy regarding American Samoa, President Biden has rejected the demand for courts to decide territorial status issues, instead recognizing congressional capacity to address the territorial policy issues raised in these failed court cases.

Now, the U.S. Department of Justice is once again joining American Samoa in arguing on behalf of the American Samoa Government as parties in the U.S. Supreme Court case, and asking the U.S. Supreme Court to recognize and confirm that the people of American Samoa, and the Congress not the courts, have the responsibility to define political status of territories under federal law, based on self-determination in the territory.

###

COVERAGE:

BACKGROUND:

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii