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TO REVISE AND CODIFY THE NATIONALITY
LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES INTO A

COMPREHENSIVE NATIONALITY CODE

HEARINGS

BEFORE TER

COMMITTEE ON
IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SEVENTY-SIXTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

H. R. 6127

SUPERSEDED BY

H. R. 9980

A BILL TO REVISE AND CODIFY THE NATIONALITY
LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES INTO A COM-

PREHENSIVE NATIONALITY CODE

JANUARY 17, FEBRUARY 13, 20, 27, 28, MARCH 5, APRIL 11, 16, 23

MAY 2, 3, 7, 9, 13, 14, AND JUNE 5, 1940

Printed for the use of the
Committee on Immigration and Naturalization

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
TO REVISE AND CODIFY THE NATIONALITY
LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES INTO A

COMPREHENSIVE NATIONALITY CODE

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SEVENTY-SIXTH CONGRESS

FIRST SICSSION

ON

H. R. 6127

SUPERSEDED BY

H. R. 9980

A BILL TO REVISE AND CODIFY THE NATIONALITY
LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES INTO A COM-

PREHENSIVE NATIONALITY CODE

JANUARY 17, FEBRUARY 13, 20, 27, 28, MARCH 5, APRIL 11, 16, 23

MAY 2, 3, 7, 9, 13, 14, AND JUNE 5, 1940

Printed for the use of the
Committee on Immigration and Naturalization

UNITED STATES
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1945

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SAMUEL DICKSTEIN, New York, Chairman WILLIAM T. SCHULTE, Indiana

NOAH M. MASON, Illinois CHARLES KRAMER, California

EDWARD H. REES, Kansas JOHN LESINSKI, Michigan

LEWIS K. ROCKEFELLER, New York CAROLINE O'DAY, New York

HENRY 0. TALLE, Iowa LEX GREEN, Florida

JAMES E. VAN ZANDT, Pennsylvania WILLIAM R. POAGE, Texas

CARL T. CURTIS, Nebraska
DAN R. McGEHEE, Mississippi

ALBERT E. AUSTIN, Connecticut
A. LEONARD ALLEN, Louisiana
GEORGE M. GRANT, Alabama

SAMUEL W. KING, Hawaii
JOHN L. MCMILLAN, South Carolina
ANTON F. MACIEJEWSKI, Illinois
E. C. GATHINGS, Arkansas
DAVID J. WARD, Maryland

J. H. KELLY, Clerk

SIDNEY SCHARLIN, Assistant Clerk
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TO REVISE AND CODIFY THE NATIONALITY LAWS OF

THE UNITED STATES INTO A COMPREHENSIVE NATION-
ALITY CODE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 1940

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION,

Washington, D.C.
The Committee on Immigration and Naturalization met in the
hearing room, Old House Office Building, at 10:55 a. m., Hon. Samuel
Dickstein (chairman of the committee) presiding.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee now has under consideration H. R. 6127, a bill to revise and codify the nationality laws of the United States into a comprehensive nationality code.

Without objection the bill will be made a part of the record and inserted at this point.

(The bill above referred to is as follows:)

(H. R. 6127, Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To revise and codify the nationality laws of the United States into a comprehensive

nationality code Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the nationality laws of the United States are revised and codified as follows:

TITLE I

SECTION 1. This Act may be cited as the Nationality Act of 1939.

CHAPTER 1-DEFINITIONS

SEC. 101. For the purposes of this Act,

(a) The term “national" means a person owing permanent allegiance to a state.

(b) The term "national of the United States” means (1) a citizen of the United States, or (2) a person who, though not a citizen of the United States, owes permanent allegiance to the United States.

(c) The term "naturalization" means the conferring of nationality of a state upon a person after birth.

(d) The term “United States” when used in a geographical sense means the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands of the United States.

(e) The term "outlying possessions” means all territory, other than as speci. fied in subsection (d), over which the United States exercises rights of sovereignty.

(f) The term “parent” includes in the case of a posthumous child a deceased parent.

(g) The term “minor” means a person under twenty-one years of age.
Sec. 102. For the purposes of chapter III of this Act-

(a) The term "State” includes (except as used in subsection (a) of section 301), Alaskil, Hawaii, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands of the United States.

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