Guam officials seek review of birthright citizenship case

Guam officials seek review of birthright citizenship case

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - Current and former Guam officials have joined a movement supporting a U.S. Supreme Court review of a case challenging how birthright citizenship is applied to American territories.

The Pacific Daily News reports that Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo, Vice Speaker Benjamin Cruz and three former governors have filed briefs in support of a petition seeking the review of Tuaua v. United States.

The case was filed in July 2012 and dismissed the following year. In 2015, a panel of judges upheld the dismissal.

The petition was submitted in February by a group of individuals with U.S. passports who were born in American Samoa and denied recognition as U.S. citizens.

The plaintiffs' attorney said in a release it's "time to turn the page" and allow birthright citizenship to apply in the territories.

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