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

“All Americans must be able to enjoy the full benefits of their citizenship,” said Williams, who serves in the Virgin Islands 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.

A copy of the resolution can be found here.


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

Posted on 01 Sep 2017, 18:10 - Category: Press Releases

Virgin Islanders react to Trump’s Transfer Day Statement


(March 31, 2017) — President Donald J. Trump has shown an
unprecedented commitment to the Virgin Islands as the U.S. territory
celebrates 100 years under the American flag.

Trump issued a powerful statement, saying in part: “We thank God for
the U.S. Virgin Islands, for its wonderful people, and for making the
U.S. Virgin Islands part of the United States of America.”

The statement came on the same day that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
was on St. Croix for the Transfer Day commemoration.

“The fact that Secretary Zinke chose St. Croix and the Virgin Islands as the first territory to visit speaks volumes about the administration’s commitment to ensuring a better, brighter future for all Americans, including Virgin Islanders,” said Virgin Islands GOP National Committeeman Jevon Williams. “No president and no secretary of Interior have been there for Virgin Islanders like President Trump
and Secretary Zinke.”


Posted on 31 Mar 2017, 13:01 - Category: Press Releases

VIGOP Statement on New Interior Secretary


(December 13, 2016) — Republican leaders from the U.S. Virgin Islands, 
one of five territories under the jurisdiction of the Department of Interior, fully support the selection of Congressman Ryan Zinke as secretary of Interior.

“Congressman Zinke would be an excellent choice,” said Jevon O.A. Williams, the Republican Party of the United States Virgin Islands national committeeman.

“Being from Montana – a state with a large amount of federal lands, he understands the influence the Interior Department yields over the Virgin Islands and the other four U.S. territories.”


Published reports late Tuesday indicate Zinke, R-Montana, is Trump’s secretary of the Interior-designee, pending Senate confirmation.

The VIGOP has supported Zinke in his campaigns for Congress.
Zinke was in the Virgin Islands last month, when he spoke at a conference the party hosted on St. Thomas.


Posted on 13 Dec 2016, 19:35 - Category: Press Releases

GOP Statement on Plaskett Editorial


Christiansted (November 30, 2016)—The Republican Party of the United States Virgin 
Islands issued the following statement by and through Republican
National Committeeman Jevon O.A. Williams:

“Congresswoman Plaskett and her taxpayer-funded congressional office are suppose to represent all Virgin Islanders with honor and dignity in a non-partisan manner,” said Williams of St. Croix.

“Not only is her recent statement denouncing the president-elect of the United States a continuation of her well-documented pattern of misusing official, taxpayer-funded congressional office resources for partisan political purposes, but she has hurt our communities as the Virgin Islands is heavily dependent on the federal government, which as we all know is now controlled by the party Congresswoman Plaskett inappropriately attacked.”

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Posted on 30 Nov 2016, 12:55 - Category: Press Releases

Williams responds to Attorney General Claude Walker’s directive to issue new ballots for the general election


CHRISTIANSTED (October 21, 2016)—Jevon O.A. Williams, candidate for the St. Croix District Board of Elections and National Committeeman of the Republican Party of the United States Virgin Islands issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Claude Walker’s directive that the Democrat-controlled Joint Board of Elections issue new ballots for the general election:

“The Democrat-controlled Joint Board of Elections has once again proven that it is unable to conduct free, fair and honest elections. The attorney general’s directive is deeply troubling, as it highlights that members of the Democrat-controlled Joint Board of Elections have risked the disenfranchisement of the men and women from our community who wear the uniform of the United States and are currently serving in Afghanistan".

The Virgin Islands Consortium covered this extensively and a link to the article can be found below.

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Posted on 21 Oct 2016, 19:59 - Category: Press Releases

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