19 Mar 2008

American Samoa's Congressman to introduce bill on US citizenship for locals

12:07 pm on 19 March 2008

American Samoa's Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, will be introducing a bill to allow US nationals from American Samoa to apply for US citizenship without having to physically reside in a state.

At present American Samoans have to live in a State for three months before they can apply for US citizenship.

The congressman says a bill he is crafting would allow people born in American Samoa to apply directly for US citizenship without having to leave the territory.

His bill will also waive the requirement that US nationals from American Samoa take a test on the US constitution.

Faleomavaega says this is not necessary as American Samoans are taught US government from elementary school.

Under his proposed bill, an application for US citizenship from a person born in the territory would go directly to the US Department of Homeland Security.

Faleomavaega says if approved, the US national can be sworn in as a citizen by either the American Samoa Chief Justice or Associate Justice who are federally appointed judge by the Secretary of the Interior.