G. McConway
October 18, 2022

Supreme Court Declines American Samoan Citizenship Case

Earlier this year, I had covered how Justices Gorsuch and Sotomayor both wanted to address citizenship rights of the American Samoans.

This was a case that was headed to the Supreme Court.

Because it appeared to be a bipartisan case, I thought it would be on this term’s docket.

I was wrong.


It was a peculiar case because the American Samoan government had joined the United States government in its appeal of the original ruling.

That ruling fell in favor of the group suing for citizenship rights.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the decision and the Supreme Court has rejected it as well.

This means citizenship rights for American Samoans will continue to be decided by Congress.

The denial was unsigned, with no vote total given in the decision.

If I am right, no conservative justices joined Gorsuch, which could have an impact on other cases.

At the very least, I thought someone would cross over to allow the case to be heard, but he clearly failed to make an argument that persuaded them to do so.

Source: The Hill

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