Serial No. 81: To Prescribe the Oath of Renunciation and Allegiance for Purposes of the Immigration and Nationality Act: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session on H.R. 3191, April 1, 2004   [open pdf - 206KB]

Serial No. 81: This hearing before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims on April 1, 2004 addresses H.R. 3139, legislation introduced to memorialize in the Immigration and Nationality Act the current language of the Oath of Renunciation and Allegiance. "This solemn oath, taken by applicants for naturalization, is the final step in becoming a U.S. citizen. Recent proposals to modify the oath have generated a large measure of controversy and have refocused attention on the oath's meaning and on the proper forum to consider changes... The U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform worried whether the oath, with its use of archaic language such as ''potentate'' and ''abjure,'' was sufficiently comprehensible and thus meaningful to new citizens. The Commission recommended a new draft of the oath, one which was largely adopted by the Department of Homeland Security late last year in a proposed revision." There are concerns, however, that the Department's proposed oath may not fully embody the five principles set forth in the Immigration and Nationality Act. Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John N. Hostettler, Lamar Smith, Steve King, Sheila Jackson Lee, Jim Ryun, Alfonso Aguilar, John Fonte, and Andrew Schoenholtz.

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