Am. Samoa Governor’s Criticism Of Citizenship Suit Slammed

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Am. Samoa Governor’s Criticism Of Citizenship Suit Slammed Togiola allegedly ‘went too far,’ says plaintiff in case

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 25, 2012) – A plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging a federal law that denies U.S. citizenship to people born in American Samoa says Governor Togiola Tulafono has got the intention of the lawsuit wrong.

Leneuoti Tuaua is the main plaintiff in the lawsuit filed about two weeks ago in federal court.

Governor Togiola had said on his radio program that the suit was an act without love and was driven by attorneys.

He also accused the plaintiffs of misleading the public into thinking if they were granted U.S. citizenship they can vote for U.S. President.

Tuaua says he respects the governor’s position, but feels Togiola governor went too far.

"We did not ask to become citizens because we want to vote for the President of the United States, it’s not want we want to do. We are not trying to leave the Territory on the aside, we are merely taking one step, that’s all."

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