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H.R. 371 (105th): Hmong Veterans’ Naturalization Act of 1997


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 7, 1997 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


HR 371 IH

105th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 371

To expedite the naturalization of aliens who served with special guerrilla units in Laos.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 7, 1997

Mr. VENTO introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To expedite the naturalization of aliens who served with special guerrilla units in Laos.

    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 ‘Hmong Veterans’ Naturalization Act of 1997’.

SEC. 2. WAIVER OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT FOR CERTAIN ALIENS WHO SERVED WITH SPECIAL GUERRILLA UNITS IN LAOS.

    The requirement of paragraph (1) of section 312(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1423(a)) shall not apply to the naturalization of any person who--

      (1) served with a special guerrilla unit operating from a base in Laos in support of the United States at any time during the period beginning February 28, 1961, and ending September 18, 1978, or

      (2) is the spouse or widow of a person described in paragraph (1).

SEC. 3. NATURALIZATION THROUGH SERVICE IN A SPECIAL GUERRILLA UNIT IN LAOS.

    (a) IN GENERAL- The first sentence of subsection (a) and subsection (b) (other than paragraph (3)) of section 329 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1440) shall apply to an alien who served with a special guerrilla unit operating from a base in Laos in support of the United States at any time during the period beginning February 28, 1961, and ending September 18, 1978, in the same manner as they apply to an alien who has served honorably in an active-duty status in the military forces of the United States during the period of the Vietnam hostilities.

    (b) PROOF- The Immigration and Naturalization Service shall verify an alien’s service with a guerrilla unit described in subsection (a) through--

      (1) review of refugee processing documentation for the alien,

      (2) the affidavit of the alien’s superior officer,

      (3) original documents,

      (4) two affidavits from persons who were also serving with such a special guerrilla unit and who personally knew of the alien’s service, or

      (5) other appropriate proof.

    The Service shall liberally construe the provisions of this subsection to take into account the difficulties inherent in proving service in such a guerrilla unit.