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S. 2679: 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 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 ...

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Tammy Duckworth

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Illinois. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Oct 23, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Oct 23, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted, so there will not likely be further activity on this bill.

This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 4803: Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act
Enacted — Signed by the President on Mar 26, 2020. (compare text)
3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Oct 23, 2019

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S. 2679 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2679. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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