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TO REVISE AND CODIFY THE NATIONALITY LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES INTO A COMPREHENSIVE NATIONALITY 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, 76th 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 I-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 specified 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), Alaska, Hawaii, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands of the United States.

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