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Midland, Howard, Mitchell, Nolan, Fisher, Stonewall, King, Cottle, and Childress.

15. El Paso, Texas. Includes that part of the State of Texas lying west and north of the counties of Valverde, Crockett, Reagan, Glasscock, Sterling, Coke, Taylor, Jones, Haskell, Knox, Foard, and Hardeman; the State of New Mexico; and the State of Arizona except the counties of Yuma and Mojave.

16. Los Angeles, California. Includes that part of the State of California lying south and east of the counties of Monterey, Kings; Tulare, Fresno, and Mono; the county of Clark in the State of Nevada; and the counties of Mojave and Yuma in the State of Arizona.*

*88 60.1 to 60.26, inclusive, issued under the authority contained in sec. 23, 39 Stat. 892, 8 U.S. C. 102; sec. 24, 43 Stat. 166, 8 U. $. O. 222; sec. 1, Reorg. Plan No. V, 5 F. R. 2223; sec. 37 (a), 54 Stat. 675, 8 U. S. C. 458; sec. 327, 54 Stat. 1150, 8 U. S. C. 727; 8 CFR 90.1. Statutes interpreted or applied and statutes giving special authority are listed in parentheses at the end of specific sections.

60.21 District directors and assistant district directors; powers and duties—(a) District directorsA district director shall be in charge of an administrative field district, and shall at all times be subject to the immediate control, direction, and supervision of the Commissioner or a Deputy Commissioner." A district director, in addition to other duties imposed by law or regulation, shall have the immediate control, direction, and supervision of all officers and employees within his district, and may, with the approval of the Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner, prescribe such regulations not inconsistent with law, effective within his district, as may be necessary for the efficient transaction of business, and the custody, use, and preservation of records, papers, and equipment, and to govern and control such officers and employees.

(b) Assistant district directors. The assistant district director of a field district shall perform such duties as may from time to time be assigned to him by the district director. In case of the death, resignation, illness, or absence of the district director, or of his inability to serve, the assistant district director shall be the administrative officer in charge of the district.

60.22 Divisional directors and assistant divisional directors; powers and duties-(a) Divisional directors. A divisional director shall be the officer in charge of a field subdistrict, and shall at all times be subject to the immediate control, direction, and supervision of the district director. A divisional director shall have the immediate control, direction, and supervision of all officers and employees within such subdistrict. A divisional director, in addition to other duties imposed by law or regulation, shall perform such other duties as may be assigned to him by the district director within whose jurisdiction he is located.

(b) Assistant divisional directors. The assistant divisional director of a field subdistrict shall perform such duties as may from time to time be assigned to him by the divisional director. In the case of the death, resignation, illness, or absence of the divisional director, or of his inability to serve, the assistant divisional director shall be the administrative officer in charge of the subdistrict.

60.23 Naturalization examiners and officers; powers and duties. It shall be the duty of the appropriate naturalization examiners or officers, under the supervision of che district director or divisional director, to investigate thoroughly the qualifications and eligibility of applicants or petitioners for naturalization and their witnesses, of applicants for certificates of citizenship and their witnesses, and of applicants for registry and their witnesses; to make the necessary investigations and reports of all pertinent facts in naturalization cases; to make recommendations to the courts; to cooperate with the naturalization courts, and other appropriate agencies, in surrounding naturalization proceedings with the dignity which should attend the conferring of citizenship, and in furthering an annual New Citizens Day ceremony at which recognition is given to persons who have become citizens through naturalization during the year; to obtain the cooperation of public and private agencies in promoting instruction and training in citizenship duties and responsibilities of applicants for naturalization through the public schools; to perform such other duties as may be assigned to such examiners or officers; and to submit such reports as may be required to heads of field districts or subdistricts, and to the Commissioner.*

60.24 Investigation and report where certificate or other document procured illegally or fraudulently. It shall be the duty of all naturalization officers who believe or have reason to believe that any certificate of naturalization or of citizenship or any evidence of nationality status has been wrongfully issued, or illegally or fraudulently obtained or procured, to investigate or cause to be investigated immediately all pertinent facts and circumstances covering the issuance or procuring of such certificate or evidence, and to report the same in writing to the Commissioner with appropriate recommendations.*

60.25 Investigation and report of possible criminal offenses. It shall be the duty of all naturalization officers, believing or having reason to believe that an offense has been committed against the nationality laws of the United States, to investigate or cause to be investigated immediately all pertinent facts and circumstances concerning the commission of such offense, and to report the results of such investigation in writing without delay to the Commissioner, with appropriate recommendations. No criminal action shall be instituted in any such case except by direction of the Commissioner or a Deputy Commissioner, unless the statute of limitations is about to run or there is likelihood that the person believed to be guilty will flee, in which case the facts should be reported immediately to the proper United States Attorney with appropriate recommendations. Report shall be made at the same time to the Commissioner of the action taken.*

60.26 Authority to administer oaths and take depositions. All patrol inspectors, immigrant inspectors, naturalization examiners, and officers of the Immigration and Naturalization Service of a higher grade are hereby authorized to administer oaths and to take depositions without charge in matters relating to the administration of the naturalization and citizenship laws. (Sec. 23, 39 Stat. 892, 8 U. S. C. 102; sec. 24, 43 Stat. 166, 8 U. S. C. 222; sec. 327, 54 Stat. 1150, 8 U. S. C. 727; sec. 37 (a), 54 Stat. 675, 8 U.S. C. 458; 8 CFR 90.1)

*For statutory citation, see note to $ 60.1

60.27 Authority of patrol inspectors, special inspectors, naturalization examiners, and other officers to act as immigrant inspectors. All persons serving under appointment heretofore or hereafter made as patrol inspectors, special inspectors, naturalization examiners, or other officers of the Immigration and Naturalization Service of a higher grade than patrol inspector, special inspector, or naturalization examiner are hereby designated immigrant inspectors without additional compensation. The work as immigrant inspectors shall be arranged by supervisory officers so as not to interfere substantially with the performance of the duties of the other positions.

*For statutory citation, see note to 8 60.1.

Part 90-DEPARTMENTAL ORGANIZATION AND

AUTHORITY

Sec.

Sec. 30.1 Commissioner of Immigration 90.8 Board of Immigration Apand Naturalization and

peals; advance application other selected officers;

for exercise of Seventh and

Ninth Provisos. powers. 90.2 Board of Immigration Appeals.

90.9 Board of Immigration Ap90.3 Board of Immigration Ap

peals; motions.

90.10 Board of Immigration Appeals; powers.

peals; rehearings. 90.4 Board of Immigration Ap

90.11 Board of Immigration Appeals; sessions.

peals; service of proposed 90.5 Board of Immigration Ap

findings, conclusions of law peals; oral argument in de

and order. portation cases.

90.12 Board of Immigration Ap90.6 Board of Immigration Ap

peals; reference of cases to peals; oral argument in ex

the Attorney General. clusion and preexamination 90.17 General Counsel; powers and cases.

duties. 90.7 Board of Immigration Ap- 90.49 Rules and Regulations; signapeals; oral argument in fine

ture. cases.

90.50 Authority of Field Officers. 8 90.1 Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization and other selected officials; powers.-Under the general direction of the Attorney General, the Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization (hereinafter called the Commissioner) shall supervise and direct the administration of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and, subject to the limitations of other provisions of this part, shall have authority to exercise all powers of the Attorney General relating to the administration of that Service and the administration of the immigration, nationality, and all other laws administered by that Service and shall designate such officers of the Service as he may select, with the approval of the Attorney General, to exercise any power or authority of the Attorney General in the administration of any designated specific provision of such laws. In any instance in which any of ficer so selected shall be in doubt as to the construction of applicable law or as to the proper principle covering the exercise of discretion, he shall refer the matter to the Commissioner, who shall, after receiving the advice of the General Counsel, either advise as to the appropriate decision, make decision in his own name, or refer the matter to the Attorney General for decision.*

* $8 90.1 to 90.50, inclusive, issued under the authority contained in sec. 28, 34 Stat. 606, 45 Stat. 1515, 8 U. S. C. 356, sec. 23, 39 Stat. 892, 8 U. S. O. 102; sec. 24, 43 Stat. 166, 8 U. S. 0. 222; sec. 1, Reorg. Plan No, V, 5 F. R. 2132, 2223 ; sec. 37 (a), Pub. No. 670, 76th Cong., 3d sess.; sec. 161, 360 R. S., 5 U. S. O. 22, 311.

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