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H.R. 2348 (107th): Tohono O’odham Citizenship Act of 2001

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 27, 2001 (Introduced).


HR 2348 IH

107th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2348

To render all enrolled members of the Tohono O’odham Nation citizens of the United States as of the date of their enrollment and to recognize the valid membership credential of the Tohono O’odham Nation as the legal equivalent of a certificate of citizenship or a State-issued birth certificate for all Federal purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 27, 2001

Mr. PASTOR (for himself, Mr. PALLONE, and Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To render all enrolled members of the Tohono O’odham Nation citizens of the United States as of the date of their enrollment and to recognize the valid membership credential of the Tohono O’odham Nation as the legal equivalent of a certificate of citizenship or a State-issued birth certificate for all Federal purposes.

    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 ‘Tohono O’odham Citizenship Act of 2001’.

SEC. 2. NATURALIZATION FOR TOHONO O’ODHAM.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Chapter 2 of title III of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1421 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 322 the following:

‘enrolled members of tohono o’odham nation

    ‘SEC. 323. (a) GRANTING OF CITIZENSHIP- A person who is listed on the official membership roll of the Tohono O’odham Nation, a federally recognized American Indian nation located in Arizona, is a citizen of the United States as of the date on which such listing occurs.

    ‘(b) NO DERIVATIVE BENEFITS TO RELATIVES- Nothing in this section shall be construed as providing for any benefit under this Act for any spouse, son, daughter, or other relative of a person granted citizenship under this section.’.

    (b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The table of contents of the Immigration and Nationality Act is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 322 the following new item:

      ‘Sec. 323. Enrolled members of Tohono O’odham Nation.’.

SEC. 3. TREATMENT OF TRIBAL MEMBERSHIP CREDENTIAL.

    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the valid membership credential issued to a person who is listed on the official membership roll of the Tohono O’odham Nation pursuant to the laws of the Tohono O’odham Nation shall be considered, for all purposes subject to Federal law, equivalent to--

      (1) a certificate of citizenship issued under section 341(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1452(a)) to persons who satisfy the requirements of such section; and

      (2) a State-issued birth certificate.