Select Statutes and Other Documents: Illustrative of the History of the United States, 1861-1898

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No. 127. Alien Ownership of Real Estate in the Territories
March 2, 1897

A BILL to amend the act of March 3, 1887 [No. 116], relating to the ownership of real estate in the Territories by aliens, was introduced in the House, May 1, 1896, by Thomas B. Catron, delegate from New Mexico. The bill was reported without amendment May 23, but no further action was taken during the session. December 10 the bill was called up, and, after some discussion, engrossment was refused. Another bill, with title as in the act following, was introduced by Catron on the 17th, and passed January 12, 1897. The bill was reported without amendment in the Senate February 16, and passed on the 25th. The reason for the act was stated to be the fact that the act of 1887 had operated to keep capital out of the Territories.

REFERENCES . -- Text in U.S. Statutes at Large, XXIX, 618, 619. For the proceedings see the House and Senate Journals, 54th Cong., 1st and 2d Sess., and the Cong. Record. The text of the bill reported May 23 is in the Record, December 10. See House Report 2474; Senate Report 2690, 50th Cong., 2d Sess.

An Act to better define and regulate the rights of aliens to hold and own real estate in the Territories.

Be it enacted . . ., That an Act entitled "An Act to restrict the ownership of real estate in the Territories to American citizens, and so forth," approved March third, eighteen hundred and eighty-seven, except so far as it affects real estate in the District of Columbia, be, and the same is hereby, amended so as to read as follows:

"That no alien or person who is not a citizen of the United States, or who has not declared his intention to become a citizen of the United States in the manner provided by law shall acquire title to or own any land in any of the Territories of the United States except as hereinafter provided: Provided, That the prohibition of this section shall not apply to cases in which the right to hold or dispose of lands in the United States is secured by existing treaties to citizens or subjects of foreign countries, which rights, so far as they may exist by force of any such treaty, shall

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