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Note - Granting Samoans American Citizenship While Protecting Samoan Land and Culture


American Samoa is the only inhabited U.S. territory that does not have birthright American citizenship. Having birthright American citizenship is an important privilege because it bestows upon individuals the full protections of the U.S. Constitution, as well as many other benefits to which U.S. citizens are entitled. Despite the fact that American Samoa has been part of the United States for approximately 118 years, and the fact that American citizenship is granted automatically at birth in every other inhabited U.S. territory, American Samoans are designated the inferior quasi-status of U.S. National.