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to Revise AND codify the NAtion,
LAws of THE UNITED STATES INT T
COMPREHENSIVE NATIONALITY CODE
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 -
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3. Committee on Immigration and Naturalization
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LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES INTO A
A BILL to REVISE AND codify THE NATIONALITY
LAws of THE UNITED STATES INTo A CoM- . . . ;
PREHENSIVE NATIONALITY CODE .
MAY 2, 3, 7, 9, 13, 14, AND JUNE 5, 1940 * -
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE .
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COMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION
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 O. TALLE, Iowa
LEX GREEN, Florida JAMES E. WAN ZANDT, Pennsylvania
WILLIAM R. POAGE, Texas CARL T. CURTIS, Nebraska
DAN R. McGEHEE, Mississippi ALBERT E. AUSTIN, Connecticut
A. TEONARD ALLEN, Louisiana
. GEORGE M. GRANT, Alabama SAMUEL W. KING, Hawaii
JOHN L. MCMILIAN, South Carolina
ANTON F. MACIEJEWSKI, Illinois
E. C. GATHINGS, Arkansas
DAVID J. WARD, Maryland
J. H. KELLY, Clerk
SIDNEY SCHARLIN, Assistant Clerk
T0 REWISE ANI) (ODIFY THE NATIONALITY LAWS OF
THE UNITED STATES INTO ACOMPREHENSIVENATION:
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:)
A BILL To revise and codify the nationality laws of the United States into a comprehensive
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:
SECTION 1. This Act may be cited as the Nationality Act of 1939.
SEC. 101. For the purposes of this Act—
(a) The term “national” means a person owing permanent allegiance to a
(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
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(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
(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.