US High Court won’t hear dispute over birthright citizenship

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a group of American Samoans who say the United States should grant full citizenship to people born in the U.S. territory.

The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship does not extend to the islands that have been a part of the country since 1900. Current law considers those born in American Samoan to be “nationals,” not full citizens like people born in Puerto Rico, Guam and other US territories. Nationals are allowed to work and live anywhere in the United States, but unlike citizens, they can’t vote or hold elective office.

via ynetnews.com

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4815202,00.html

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