Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Lodge Act Definition:

A 1950 law of the United States of America which allowed foreign nationals who enlisted in the US Army for at least a 5 year tour of duty, to obtain US citizenship.

The statute, as is the American tradition, was named after its sponsor in Congress, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr (1902-1985). It is sometimes referred to as the Lodge-Philbin Act.

The purpose of the act was to recruit US spies that could readily reintergrate back into their country of origin. In 1950, there were a considerable number of such candidates holed-up in West Germany.

The act expired in 1959.



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