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H.R.405: To permit Members of Congress to administer the oath of allegiance to applicants for naturalization.

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about immigration
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Sponsor José E. Serrano, D-N.Y.
Total Cosponsors 0
Introduced Jan. 23, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 28, 2013
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  • Bill introduced in the House   
  • Bill passed in the House   
  • Bill passed in the Senate   
  • Bill signed into law

Bill Summary

Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit each applicant for naturalization to choose to have the oath of allegiance for naturalization administered by a Member of Congress, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner (Member).

Limits the administration of the oath: (1) by a Senator to individuals who reside in the Senator's state; and (2) by a Member of the House of Representatives, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner to individuals who reside in the respective congressional district.

Limits the Member's authority solely to the administration of such oath.

Prohibits a Member from administering the oath during the 90-day period before any election for federal, state, or local office in which the Member is a candidate.

Requires a Member to administer the oath only at times and places designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS).

Prohibits a Member from administering the oath during any period in which exclusive authority to administer ...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 28, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration And Border Security.
Jan. 23, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.