Case: Trujillo-Hernandez v. Farrell

1:72-cv-00086 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Filed Date: June 28, 1972

Closed Date: May 19, 1975

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Case Summary

In the early 1970s, an alien filed a petition for naturalization and class action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, challenging the constitutionality of the English language requirement in the naturalization statute, 8 U.S.C.S. § 1423(1). A three-judge district court panel (Judge Reynaldo G. Garza) denied the petition and dismissed the case. The petitioner appealed.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed, holding that petitioner's direct attack on congressional exercise of the naturalization power was nonjusticiable. Trujillo-Hernandez v. Farrell, 503 F.2d 954 (6th Cir. 1974) cert. denied 421 U.S. 977, 95 S.Ct. 1976, 44 L.Ed.2d 468 (1975).

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (10/30/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Bell, Griffin Boyette (Georgia)

Brewster, Leo (Texas)

Wisdom, John Minor (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Idar, Ed Lee Jr. (Texas)

Korbel, George (Texas)

Obledo, Mario (Texas)

Rosen, Sanford Jay (California)

Sanchez, R. P. (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Darden, Robert (Texas)

Eversberg, Helen M. (Texas)

Judge(s)

Bell, Griffin Boyette (Georgia)

Brewster, Leo (Texas)

Wisdom, John Minor (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Idar, Ed Lee Jr. (Texas)

Korbel, George (Texas)

Obledo, Mario (Texas)

Rosen, Sanford Jay (California)

Sanchez, R. P. (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Darden, Robert (Texas)

Eversberg, Helen M. (Texas)

Farris, Anthony J. (Ohio)

Gough, James R. (Texas)

Magaro, Pete (Texas)

Murphy, John L. (District of Columbia)

Rice, B. Stephen (Texas)

Sinderson, Mary L. (Texas)

Sureck, Joseph (California)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

73-01845

73-03005

Per Curiam Opinion

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

503 F.2d 954

Nov. 13, 1974

Nov. 13, 1974

Order/Opinion

74-06000

Order [Petition for Writ of Certiorari Denied]

Supreme Court of the United States

421 U.S. 977

May 19, 1975

May 19, 1975

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

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Case Details

State / Territory: Texas

Case Type(s):

Immigration and/or the Border

Key Dates

Filing Date: June 28, 1972

Closing Date: May 19, 1975

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

An alien filed a petition for naturalization and instituted a class action challenging the english language requirement of the naturalization statue.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Immigration and Naturalization Service, Federal

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. §§ 1101 et seq.

Availably Documents:

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Issues

Discrimination-basis:

Language discrimination

Immigration/Border:

Constitutional rights

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