Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: October 30, 2000

Statement on Signing the Child Citizenship Act of 2000,
October 30, 2000

Today I am pleased to sign into law H.R. 2883, the "Child Citizenship Act of 2000." This Act confers U.S. citizenship automatically upon certain foreign-born children, including those adopted by citizens of the United States, who do not acquire U.S. citizenship at birth. This Act eliminates the need in many instances for parents to apply to the Immigration and Naturalization Service for Certificates of Citizenship for their children who are not U.S. citizens at birth.

Under prior law, foreign-born adopted children could be subject to removal if they did not acquire U.S. citizenship after being brought to the United States—even if they had lived their lives since infancy in the United States. While this Act will not remedy past cases where adopted children were deported, it will ensure that this unfortunate possibility will be eliminated for most noncitizen adopted children under the age of 18 and for all noncitizen children adopted into U.S. households in the future. I welcome this action to support families who adopt foreign-born children by removing an unnecessary impediment to citizenship for these and other foreign-born children.

William J. Clinton
The White House,
October 30, 2000.

Note: H.R. 2883, approved October 30, was assigned Public Law No. 106-395.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Statement on Signing the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, October 30, 2000," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 3, 2000 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000), 36:3215 2689. Original Sources, accessed April 19, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBBMDJ3Z961H58F.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Statement on Signing the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, October 30, 2000." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 3, 2000 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000), 36:3215, page 2689. Original Sources. 19 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBBMDJ3Z961H58F.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Statement on Signing the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, October 30, 2000' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 3, 2000 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000), 36:3215, pp.2689. Original Sources, retrieved 19 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DBBMDJ3Z961H58F.