27 Sep 2002

American Samoa moves to deny babies of foreigners US citizenship

3:58 pm on 27 September 2002

The House of Represenatives in American Samoa has passed a resolution that will prevent babies born to foreign parents in the Territory from automatically becoming United States citizens.

The resolution has already been passed by the Senate.

The resolution says children born in American Samoa of alien parents should become citizens of either the mother's or father's country of origin.

Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has been asked to take appropriate action to amend the provisions of the Federal Law so it complies with the resolution.

Senator Matautia Tuiafono, one of the sponsors of the measure, says it is a known fact that many foreigners come to American Samoa to give birth and qualify for benefits that the Territory derives from its association withh the US.