National GOP calls for equal U.S. citizenship for territories

AUGUST 25, 2017 — In major news, national GOP leaders repudiated the unequal citizenship of Americans living in the country’s territories during a meeting of the Republican National
Committee on Friday in Nashville.

The Republican National Committee did so with the passage of a resolution entitled “Affirming the Equal Citizenship for All Americans.” The resolution’s sponsor was the Virgin Islands’ national
committeeman, Jevon Williams.

“The Republican National Committee calls upon Congress to ensure that American citizens residing in the territories of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have
unfettered enjoyment of their American citizenship, including the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution,” stated the resolution.

“The Republican National Committee calls upon Congress to ensure that American citizens residing in the territories of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have
unfettered enjoyment of their American citizenship, including the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution,” stated the resolution.

“All Americans must be able to enjoy the full benefits of their citizenship,” said Williams, who serves in the Army National Guard. “For too long, Washington has ignored Americans in the territories, a disproportionate number of whom wear the uniform defending the freedoms and liberties that define us as Americans, including basic constitutional rights that are wrongly denied to them.”

The resolution will now be sent to President Donald J. Trump, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Americans in the territories are U.S. citizens, but they do not receive full enjoyment of their citizenship.

* In addition to being denied both a vote for president and full congressional representation, not all provisions of the Constitution have been extended to the territories.

The legal basis for two classes of U.S. citizenship derives the Insular Cases, a series of Supreme Court rulings dating to the late 1890s when some of the territories were first acquired.

The principal author of the Insular Cases legal doctrine was Justice Henry Brown, who also authored the high court’s notorious racist and pro-segregationist ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson.

All 56 states and territories are represented on the 168-member Republican National Committee by the party chairman, committeewoman, and committeeman.

Jevon O.A. Williams was elected to the office of National Committeeman on June 11, 2016, and ratified by the Republican National Committee in General Session on January 19, 2017.

To learn more about Jevon O.A. Williams and his fight for equality for All American please click here.

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* Editor’s note: American Samoa is the fifth territory, but American Samoans are U.S. nationals, not citizens.

 

A copy of the resolution can be found here.

 

 

 

VIGOP Offers Reward For Info Leading To Safe Return Of Lyana Serieux

August 2, 2017 — Chairman John Canegata announced that the Republican Party of the United States Virgin Islands is offering rewards of up to $5,000 for any credible information leading to the safe return of Lyana Serieux, and for any credible information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the abduction and brutal murder of 10-year-old Jordan Serieux and 5-year-old Jeremiah Serieux.

“Lyana Serieux is one of us, she is out there somewhere, and I am going to do everything I can to find her, I ask all Virgin Islanders to lend your support the authorities, if you see something, say something, until Lyana is found and justice is served, I remain committed to using every resource at my disposal to assist our law enforcement authorities in this investigation,” said Canegata.

Canegata went on to say, “Witnessing the overwhelming outpour of community support Lyana Serieux and her family has received makes me proud to be a Virgin Islander, this is what we do, when something affects one of us, it affects us all. I am very proud of the officers of the Virgin Islands Police Department, all our First Responders and those who have volunteered in all capacities, by forming search parties, donating food, water and their precious time.” Canegata said, “In troubling times like these, it is now, more than ever before important for Virgin Islanders to come together, I continue to pray for the safe return of Lyana and humbly ask that every Virgin Islander does the same.”

Why I’m a Republican

The following excerpt “Why I’m a Republican” was written by Republican National Committeeman Jevon O.A. Williams.

 

I have been a conservative my entire adult life, influenced greatly by the philosophy and the historical origins of the Republican Party, its lead role in the abolishment of slavery, the message of fiscal responsibility, limited government and a strong national defense resonated with me greatly.

 

I’m a Republican because…

 

I BELIEVE the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability, and responsibility must be honored.

I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.

I BELIEVE free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth, and prosperity.

I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.

I BELIEVE the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations, and that the best government is that which governs least.

I BELIEVE the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.

I BELIEVE Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.

I BELIEVE Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.

FINALLY, I believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.

 

VIGOP Offers Reward For Info Leading to Arrest and Conviction of Weekend Rape Suspect or Suspects

Chairman John Canegata announced that the party is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for any credible information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Saturday night’s rape incident, that occurred on the east end of St. Croix.

John Canegata, wife and daughter pose for a photo with Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke

“As a father of a daughter, this has hit home for me. I’m going to do everything I can to find the individual or individuals who committed this horrid assault” said Canegata. “Till justice is served I remain committed to using every resource at my disposal to assist our law enforcement authorities in this investigation,” said Canegata.

Chairman John Canegata went on to say, “I am proud of the officers of the Virgin Islands Police Department for the way they have handled the investigation so far.” Canegata said, “In troubling times like these, it is now, more than ever before important for Virgin Islanders to come together, I continue to pray for the victim and the family and humbly ask that every Virgin Islander does the same.”

Jevon Williams editorial on First 100 Days of the Trump Presidency

First 100 Days of the Trump Presidency

The following editorial by Republican National Committeeman Jevon O.A. Williams on behalf of the Republican Party of the United States Virgin Islands was submitted to The St. Croix Avis highlighting President Trump’s accomplishments in the first 100 days of his Presidency. 

 

Today, April 29th will mark the 100th day of President Trump’s Administration. Since the President’s inauguration on January 20th, Democrats have pledged to “resist” the Trump Administration at every turn, which has subsequently brought about some of the nastiest political discourse that my generation has ever seen. Instances, where olive branches should have been extended, were squandered by petty partisan attacks that did nothing but hurt future efforts of bipartisanship. As you are aware, I’ve been very critical of Congresswoman Plaskett for this very reason.

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