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Case Name Naranjo-Aguilera v. US Immigration and Naturalization Service IM-CA-0043
Docket / Court 2:91-cv-01462-EJG-GGH ( E.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
On October 23, 1991, attorneys for the Farmworker Justice Fund Inc., the National Immigration Law Center, the California Rural Legal Assistance and Legal Services of Northern California filed a class action suit on behalf of immigrant agricultural workers in the U.S. District Court Eastern ... read more >
On October 23, 1991, attorneys for the Farmworker Justice Fund Inc., the National Immigration Law Center, the California Rural Legal Assistance and Legal Services of Northern California filed a class action suit on behalf of immigrant agricultural workers in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of California to challenge immigration policies which affect immigrants seeking special status under the Special Agricultural Workers (SAW) legalization program. The Special Agricultural Worker program was created by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) and allowed undocumented alien farmworkers to attain temporary and then permanent resident status under certain circumstances. The program was amended by the Immigration Nursing Relief Act of 1989 which established, the "one/three rule": mandatory denial or termination of temporary resident status granted under the Special Agricultural Workers legalization program to immigrants convicted of one felony or three misdemeanors. Plaintiffs' lawsuit challenged the INS' interpretation and application of the one/three rule.

The government moved to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction. The parties also filed cross-motions for summary judgment.

The District Court (Judge Edward J. Garcia) entered summary judgment for farm workers on some claims, and for INS on other claims. Both parties appealed.

The Court of Appeals vacated the District Court judgment, holding that the Court lacked jurisdiction to consider the plaintiffs' claims. The Court held that Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 provided for judicial review only upon appeal of an order of deportation. The Act did not permit the Court to hear a class action challenging INS regulations. Naranjo-Aguilera v. U.S. I.N.S., 30 F.3d 1106 (9th Cir. 1994).

Dan Dalton - 11/06/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Immigration
Constitutional rights
Employment
Legalization/Amnesty
Status/Classification
Temporary foreign workers program
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA)
Defendant(s) Attorney General of the United States
United States Immigration and Naturalization Service
Plaintiff Description Individual who faced mandatory denial or termination of temporary resident status granted under the Special Agricultural Workers legalization program because they were convicted of one felony or three misdemeanors.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Threats to the Future of the Immigration Class Action
Washington University Journal of Law and Policy
By: Jill E. Family (Widener University School of Law)
Citation: 27 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 71 (2008)
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Docket(s)
2:91-cv-01462-EJG-GGH (E.D. Cal.) 01/23/1995
IM-CA-0043-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
USCA Opinion 07/22/1994 (30 F.3d 1106)
IM-CA-0043-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion [re: Motion to Dismiss] 11/22/1994 (1994 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 20315) (E.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0043-0002 PDF | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Judges Fletcher, William A. (Ninth Circuit)
IM-CA-0043-0001
Garcia, Edward J. (E.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0043-0002 | IM-CA-0043-9000
Hollows, Gregory G. (E.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
IM-CA-0043-9000
King, Carolyn Dineen (Fifth Circuit)
IM-CA-0043-0001
Trott, Stephen S. (Ninth Circuit)
IM-CA-0043-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Goldstein, Bruce Nevin (District of Columbia)
IM-CA-0043-0001 | IM-CA-0043-9000
Kennedy, William C. (California)
IM-CA-0043-0002 | IM-CA-0043-9000
Kohn, Richard S. (California)
IM-CA-0043-0002 | IM-CA-0043-9000
Lehrman, Douglas M. (California)
IM-CA-0043-0002 | IM-CA-0043-9000
Miksch, Karen L (California)
IM-CA-0043-0001 | IM-CA-0043-0002 | IM-CA-0043-9000
Poplawski, Christine (District of Columbia)
IM-CA-0043-9000
Rosenbaum, Stephen A. (California)
IM-CA-0043-0001 | IM-CA-0043-0002 | IM-CA-0043-9000
Salgado, Susana Teresa (California)
IM-CA-0043-9000
Wheeler, Charles Hammond (California)
IM-CA-0043-0001 | IM-CA-0043-0002 | IM-CA-0043-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Keener, Donald E. (District of Columbia)
IM-CA-0043-0001 | IM-CA-0043-9000
Williams, Glyndell E. (California)
IM-CA-0043-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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