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H.R. 4803: Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act


About the bill

Should a child born outside the U.S. while their parent is stationed overseas be guaranteed American citizenship?

Context

The U.S. government allows noncitizens to serve in the armed forces and federal government, and may give them posts abroad just as they would citizen soldiers. Generally, anybody born to U.S. citizen parents who were physically outside the country during the birth have nonetheless been considered citizens. Also, children of these noncitizens have generally also been granted automatic citizenship at birth.

However, the Trump Administration changed that policy in August. Some children of U.S. military members and government employees will no longer automatically acquire citizenship if born outside the country. The policy took effect October 29.

After some confusion upon the policy’s initial announcement, U.S. Citizenship ...

Sponsor and status

Jerrold Nadler

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 10th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 10, 2020
Length: 2 pages
Introduced
Oct 23, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status

Enacted — Signed by the President on Mar 26, 2020

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on March 26, 2020.

Law
Pub.L. 116-133
Source

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Nadler and Collins Laud Passage of Bipartisan Immigration Fix for Children of Military and Civil Servants
    — Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY10] (Sponsor) on Dec 3, 2019

Collins, Nadler Laud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Immigration Fix for Children of Military and Civil Servants
    — Rep. Doug Collins [R-GA9] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 6, 2020

the daily leader: wednesday, november 13, 2019
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Nov 12, 2019

More statements at ProPublica Represent...

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 2679: Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act

Introduced on Oct 23, 2019. 83% incorporated. (compare text)

History

Oct 23, 2019
 
Introduced

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Dec 3, 2019
 
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Mar 5, 2020
 
Passed Senate

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Mar 26, 2020
 
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 4803 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4803. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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