Naturalization Procedures: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Refugee Affairs of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundredth Congress, First Session on Proposed Legislation to Modify Immigration and Naturalization Requirements, June 15, 1989 [open pdf - 2MB]
From the opening statement of the Hon. Paul Simon, a U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois: "Today's hearing resumes the Subcommittee's continuing review of proposals for immigration reform - our effort to make our immigration lavs more faithfully serve our immigration needs as well as reflect our national interest. Major immigration reform is moving once again in Congress. A bill which I cosponsored with Senator Simpson, and worked on with Senator Simon, has already been adopted by the Judiciary Committee last week and will soon be ready for consideration by the full Senate. During the course of our discussions on that legislation, we reviewed a number of proposals to alter the requirements for naturalization. One, proposed by Senator Simon, would reduce the length of residency for naturalization from five years to three years. During our discussions this seemed to be a modest and reasonable proposal, with Justifiable objectives. It would reduce waiting periods and perhaps encourage earlier naturalization and greater participation in citizenship by new immigrants. It would facilitate earlier family reunification under our immigration system. And both Canada and Australia - the other large immigrant receiving nations, have adopted the three year requirement. But it was equally obvious that not a great deal of thought had been given to this question as a policy option in recent years. The Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy, whose recommendations have formed the basis for all recent immigration reform, did not even look at this issue during its deliberations. And it has not been raised during any of our immigration debates - not only in recent years, but not even during the landmark changes made in the 1965 Act reforms." Additional materials submitted to the record by the following: Elliott Barkan, Alan C. Nelson, Harry Pachon, Paul Simon, Alan K. Simpson, Reed Ueda, Erich Pratt, Michael S. Teitelbaum, and Joseph R. Biden.
S. Hrg. 101-741; Senate Hearing 101-741; Serial No. J-101-23
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