S. 3091: Adoption Fairness Act


Full title:
A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit the Secretary of Homeland Security from charging a fee for a Certificate of Citizenship for a foreign-born child adopted within the United States and for other purposes.

Summary:
Adoption Fairness Act - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) from charging a fee for the issuance of a Certificate of Citizenship for a child who is adopted by a U.S.-citizen parent and who is eligible for automatic citizenship regardless of whether the child's adoption was finalized in the United States or in a foreign country.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) implement measures to facilitate the timely issuance of such Certificates; and (2) report to Congress regarding recommendations to streamline the Certificate process.

Text:

S 3091 IS

111th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3091

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit the Secretary of Homeland Secretary from charging a fee for a Certificate of Citizenship for a foreign-born child adopted within the United States and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 9, 2010

Ms. KLOBUCHAR (for herself and Ms. LANDRIEU) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit the Secretary of Homeland Secretary from charging a fee for a Certificate of Citizenship for a foreign-born child adopted within the United States and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Adoption Fairness Act'.

SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON FEES FOR CERTIFICATES OF CITIZENSHIP FOR ADOPTED CHILDREN.

    Section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1431) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsections:
    `(c) The Secretary of Homeland Security may not charge a fee for the issuance of a Certificate of Citizenship for a child who is adopted by a United States citizen parent and who is eligible for automatic citizenship under subsection (b), regardless of whether the child's adoption was finalized in the United States or in a foreign country.
    `(d) The Secretary of Homeland Security shall implement all reasonable measures to facilitate the timely issuance of a Certificate of Citizenship for a child who is adopted by a United States citizen parent and who is eligible for automatic citizenship under subsection (b).'.

SEC. 3. REPORT ON THE ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATES OF CITIZENSHIP.

    Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit to Congress a report--
      (1) on the Secretary's process for issuing Certificates of Citizenship for children who are eligible for automatic citizenship under section 320(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1431(b)); and
      (2) that includes the recommendations of the Secretary to streamline, simplify, and expedite the process to ensure the timely and efficient provision of such Certificates of Citizenship.
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