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H.R. 2601 (ih) To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to modify the bottled drinking water standards provisions, and for other purposes. [Introduced in House] ...
108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 2600 To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to simplify the requirements for United States nationals to become citizens. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES June 25, 2003 Mr. Faleomavaega introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to simplify the requirements for United States nationals to become citizens. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. FINDINGS. The Congress finds the following: (1) Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, persons born in Puerto Rico, Guam, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are citizens of the United States at birth. Persons born in the United States territory of American Samoa are nationals of the United States, but not citizens, at birth. (2) The term ``national of the United States'' is defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act to include persons who, though not citizens of the United States, owe permanent allegiance to the United States. (3) For more than 103 years, American Samoans who are United States nationals have always demonstrated their loyalty and allegiance to the United States. On April 17, 1900, the village chiefs of Tutuila ceded their islands to the United States. On July 16, 1904, the village chiefs of Manu'a did the same. On February 20, 1929, the United States ratified the Treaty of Cession of Tutuila and the Treaty of Cession of Manu'a. (4) Since ratification of the Treaties of Cession, many American Samoans who are United States nationals have joined the United States Armed Forces and fought for the United States during World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf wars, and most recently in Iraq. (5) However, in order for American Samoans who are United States nationals to become United States citizens, they must follow the same procedure as aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence. This procedure requires, among other steps, an application, fingerprinting, an interview, an English language and civics examination, and participation in an oath ceremony. The procedure may take years to complete. (6) Given that American Samoa's education system is structured to closely resemble that of public schools in the United States, that courses on United States history, civics, and government are thoroughly taught, that English is the language of public school instruction, and that United States nationals by definition owe permanent allegiance to the United States, it is in the national interest that United States nationals be allowed to become United States citizens by more expeditious means. SEC. 2. NATURALIZATION FOR UNITED STATES NATIONALS. (a) Eligibility for United States Nationals to Become United States Citizens.--Section 325 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1436) is amended to read as follows: ``eligibility for naturalization for nationals of the united states ``Sec. 325. A person not a citizen who owes permanent allegiance to the United States may, if the person becomes a resident of any State, be naturalized (and furnished by the Secretary of Homeland Security with a certificate of citizenship) upon-- ``(1) establishing to the satisfaction of the Secretary of Homeland Security that the person is a national of the United States; and ``(2) taking and subscribing before an immigration officer within the United States to the oath of allegiance required by this Act of an applicant for naturalization.''. (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of contents of the Immigration and Nationality Act is amended by amending the item relating to section 325 to read as follows: ``Sec. 325. Eligibility for naturalization for nationals of the United States.''. <all>
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