LULAC urges the U.S. Supreme Court to grant certiorari in Leneuotifiafia Tuaua, et al., v. United States of America, et al.
May 26, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Roger C. Rocha, Jr., president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) issued the following statement urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant certiorari in Leneuotifiafia Tuaua, et al., v. United States of America, et al.
“LULAC urges the U.S. Supreme Court to grant the petition for certiorari in Leneuotifiafia Tuaua, et al., v. United States of America, et al., a case that will impact more than 4 million Americans who were born in a U.S. territory, currently hold a valid passport, and live in communities throughout the nation. By allowing the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to extend to persons born in U.S. territories, the Court would be rejecting the discriminatory rationale that currently denies birthright citizenship to 4 million Americans. The same discriminatory rationale has also been used to deny foundational rights to the 3.5 million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico. A considerable portion of the LULAC membership are U.S. citizens living in Puerto Rico who have not been treated equally by our federal government. We hope that the U.S. Supreme Court will agree to review this case and grant these Americans all rights and benefits under the U.S. Constitution.”
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.