Until now, American Samoas were deemed "non-citizen nationals," and therefore denied the right to vote, run for office, work in certain jobs, sponsor family members for immigration and get federal aid for school.
"I do not think you need an amendment to the Constitution. I think the question is do you need congressional action or can the executive act on their own," Ken Cuccinelli said during a breakfast event hosted by Christian Science Monitor.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi ripped President Donald Trump and his administration's fight to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, despite the Supreme Court already blocking such an attempt.
The freshman lawmaker's suggestion that the leader of the Executive Branch defy a ruling by the Judicial Branch's top court would require Trump to take action that's prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.