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How a weird law gives one group American nationality but not citizenship

Members of the small American Samoan community are in a legal fight for new recognition. A strange loophole in citizenship law has created two types of Americans: U.S. citizens, and second-class American Samoan U.S. “nationals.” People born of all other U.S. territories — including far­-flung places like the Northern Mariana Islands or Guam — are automatically granted citizenship. So why are American Samoans excluded?
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