H.R. 283 (103rd): Equity in Citizenship Act of 1993

103rd Congress, 1993–1994. Text as of Jan 05, 1993 (Introduced).

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HR 283 IH

103d CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 283

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide the children of female United States citizens born abroad before May 24, 1934, and their descendants, with the same rights to citizenship at birth as children born of male citizens abroad.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 5, 1993

Mr. MINETA (for himself and Mr. BERMAN) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide the children of female United States citizens born abroad before May 24, 1934, and their descendants, with the same rights to citizenship at birth as children born of male citizens abroad.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Equity in Citizenship Act of 1993’.

SEC. 2. EQUAL TREATMENT OF WOMEN IN CONFERRING CITIZENSHIP FOR CHILDREN BORN ABROAD.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1401) is amended--

      (1) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (g) and inserting ‘; and’, and

      (2) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

      ‘(h) a person born before noon (Eastern Standard Time) May 24, 1934, outside the limits and jurisdiction of the United States of an alien father and a mother who is a citizen of the United States who, prior to the birth of such person, had resided in the United States.’.

    (b) WAIVER OF RETENTION REQUIREMENTS- Any provision of law (including section 301(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (as in effect before October 10, 1978), and the provisos of section 201(g) of the Nationality Act of 1940) that provided for a person’s loss of citizenship or nationality if the person failed to come to, or reside or be physically present in, the United States shall not apply in the case of a person claiming United States citizenship based on such person’s descent from an individual described in section 301(h) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (as added by subsection (a)).

    (c) RETROACTIVE APPLICATION- The immigration and nationality laws of the United States shall be applied (to persons born before, on, or after the date of the enactment of this Act) as though such amendment and such subsection had been in effect as of the date of their birth. However, the retroactive application of the amendment and provision shall not affect the validity of citizenship of anyone who has obtained citizenship under section 1993 of the Revised Statutes (as in effect before the enactment of the Act of May 24, 1934, 48 Stat. 797).