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Case Name Narenji v. Civiletti; Confederation of Iranian Students v. Civiletti IM-DC-0014
Docket / Court 79-3189; 79-3210 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
In 1979, two separate groups of non-immigrant students from Iran filed class action lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging the constitutionality of 8 C.F.R. § 214.5, a regulation that required all Iranian non-immigrant postsecondary students in the U.S. to ... read more >
In 1979, two separate groups of non-immigrant students from Iran filed class action lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging the constitutionality of 8 C.F.R. § 214.5, a regulation that required all Iranian non-immigrant postsecondary students in the U.S. to report to the nearest INS office for identification and examination of status. 8 C.F.R. § 214.5 was issued by the Attorney General, in the wake of the Iranian hostage crisis which began on November 4, 1979, when Iranian militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took U.S. citizens hostage. The lawsuits, styled Narenji v. Civiletti, Civ.No. 79-3189 (D.D.C. filed Nov. 21, 1979) and Confederation of Iranian Students v. Civiletti, Civ.No. 79-3210 (D.D.C. filed Nov. 27, 1979), were consolidated.

A full hearing on the merits was held in the District Court on December 4, 1979. Following the hearing, the District Court (Judge Joyce Hens Green) held that challenged regulation impermissibly discriminated against aliens on basis of their national origin and therefore violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fifth Amendment. The Court permanently enjoined further enforcement of the regulation, and prohibited the government from using any information acquired through the application of the regulation. Narenji v. Civiletti, 481 F.Supp. 1132 (D.D.C., 1979). The government appealed.

The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (Judge Robb) reversed and remanded with directions to dismiss the complaints and enter judgment for the defendants. Narenji v. Civiletti, 617 F.2d 745, 199 (D.C. Cir. 1979) Certiorari was denied by the Supreme Court. Confederation of Iranian Students v. Civiletti, 446 U.S. 957, 100 S.Ct. 2928, 64 L.Ed.2d 815 (1980) and Narenji v. Civiletti, 446 U.S. 957, 100 S.Ct. 2928, 64 L.Ed.2d 815 (1980).

Dan Dalton - 10/23/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Immigration
Constitutional rights
Deportation - procedure
Temporary protected status
Visas - criteria
Visas - procedures
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. §§ 1101 et seq.
Defendant(s) Immigration and Naturalization Service
Plaintiff Description Nonimmigrant students from Iran that were required to report to the nearest Immigration and Naturalization office for identification and examination of status per 8 C.F.R. § 214.5
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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 1980
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)
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General Documents
Memorandum Opinion 12/11/1979 (481 F.Supp. 1132) (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0014-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
[USCA Opinion] 12/27/1979 (617 F.2d 745)
IM-DC-0014-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion [re: Rehearing En Banc] 01/31/1980 (1980 U.S.App.LEXIS 20952)
IM-DC-0014-0003.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Untitled 05/19/1980 (466 U.S. 957)
IM-DC-0014-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Green, Joyce Hens (D.D.C., FISC)
IM-DC-0014-0001
MacKinnon, George Edward (D.C. Circuit, FISCR)
IM-DC-0014-0002 | IM-DC-0014-0003
McGowan, Carl E. (D.C. Circuit)
IM-DC-0014-0003
Mikva, Abner Joseph (D.C. Circuit)
IM-DC-0014-0003
Robb, Charles Henry (D.C. Circuit)
IM-DC-0014-0002 | IM-DC-0014-0003
Robinson, Spottswood William III (D.D.C., D.C. Circuit)
IM-DC-0014-0003
Tamm, Edward Allen (D.D.C., D.C. Circuit)
IM-DC-0014-0002 | IM-DC-0014-0003
Wald, Patricia McGowan (D.C. Circuit)
IM-DC-0014-0003
Wilkey, Malcolm Richard (D.C. Circuit)
IM-DC-0014-0003
Wright, Daniel Thew (D. D.C. (Supreme Court), D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0014-0003
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Davis, Shelley F. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0014-0001
Dranitzke, Alan (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0014-0001 | IM-DC-0014-0002
Gordon, Charles (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0014-0002
Lieberman, Eric M. (New York)
IM-DC-0014-0001 | IM-DC-0014-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Carliner, David (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0014-0001
Cordes, John F. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0014-0002
Ennis, Bruce J. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0014-0001
Glancz, Ronald R. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0014-0002
Hedge, Brook (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0014-0002
Kopp, Robert E (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0014-0002
Rauh, Carl S. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0014-0002
Singer, Michael Jay (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0014-0002
Steinmeyer, Anthony J. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0014-0002
Whitaker, Elizabeth Gere (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0014-0002
Other Lawyers Paust, Jordan J. (Texas)
IM-DC-0014-0002
Swartz, Dale (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0014-0002

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