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

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


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 ...

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Jerrold Nadler

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

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Last Updated: Dec 4, 2019
Length: 4 pages
Oct 23, 2019

Passed House (Senate next) on Dec 3, 2019

This bill passed in the House on December 3, 2019 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

20% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Oct 23, 2019

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Nov 29, 2019
On House Schedule

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Dec 3, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

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Passed Senate

Signed by the President

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.

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