Immigration requirements may see “change”

On September 17, 2009 an amendment was introduced into the House of Representatives to change the “Immigration and Nationality Act.”

Titled the “Senior Citizenship Act of 2009”  it will exempt certain elderly persons from demonstrating an understanding of the English language and the history, principles, and form of government of the United States as a requirement for naturalization, and to permit certain other elderly persons to take the history and government examination in a language of their choice.

If passed, this Act shall take effect immediately on the date of  the enactment and shall apply to applications for naturalization pending on or after such date.

The Bill was introduced by Congressman Jerrold Nadler* (D-NY). Co-sponsoring the Bill are Representatives Jose’ Serrano (D-NY); Bob Filner (D-CA); Anthony Weiner (D-NY); Barney Frank (D-MA); Pete Stark (D-CA); Jim Moran (D-VA); Luis Gutierrez (D-IL); and Eliot Engel (D-NY).

The “Senior Citizenship Act of 2009” has been referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Read the Bill: HR 3604 

Jerrold Nadler

Jerrold Nadler

*BIO: Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York introduced the above bill. Born in 1947, he has served as a US House Representative since 1992. From 1977-1992 he served as a member of the New York state assembly. Nadler denounced a Republican Amendment adopted by the House of Representatives to deny all federal funds to ACORN.


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