H.C.R. NO.














urging the united states congress to amend the definition of "amerasians" in the amerasian immigration act of 1982.




     WHEREAS, since World War II millions of American military service personnel and United States government employees have been stationed throughout countries in Asia, including the Philippines; and


     WHEREAS, during the time, many American servicemen and government employees fathered children with local residents of these countries; and


     WHEREAS, many of these children were left behind in these countries when the American parent returned home; and


     WHEREAS, the Amerasian Immigration Act of 1982 (Pub L. 97-359), provides for preferential treatment in the admission of children of United States citizens where the child "was born in Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea [Cambodia], or Thailand after 1950 and before [October 22, 1982], and was fathered by a United States citizen"; and


     WHEREAS, thousands of children in the Philippines were fathered by United States citizens between 1950 and October 22, 1982, but are not included in the Act; now, therefore,


     BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-fourth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2008, the Senate concurring, that the United States Congress is urged to amend the Amerasian Immigration Act of 1982, as amended, to include the Philippines in the list of Asian countries where children fathered by United States citizens between 1950 and October 22, 1982, may eligible for preferential admissions treatment; and


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and to the members of Hawaii's delegation to the Congress of the United States.









Report Title: 

Amerasians; Citizenship