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Case Name Yassini v. Crosland IM-CA-0047
Docket / Court Docket No. Not Available ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
Plaintiffs, Iranian nationals, brought suit in late 1979 or early 1980 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, challenging directive of the Acting Commissioner of the INS to revoke deferred departure dates the INS had previously granted to Iranian nationals. The lawsuit ... read more >
Plaintiffs, Iranian nationals, brought suit in late 1979 or early 1980 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, challenging directive of the Acting Commissioner of the INS to revoke deferred departure dates the INS had previously granted to Iranian nationals. The lawsuit came 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. In response, the U.S. government attempted to identify all Iranian students in the U.S. not in compliance with the terms of their entry visas, and commence deportation proceedings. All Iranian students were ordered to report within 30 days to their local INS office so their immigration status could be checked. The INS also rescinded a previously issued June 1980 deferred departure date for Iranians. Plaintiffs challenged the legality of the INS directive.

The District Court (Judge Robert H. Schnacke) certified a plaintiff class, over plaintiffs' objection, and then dismissed the entire action. Plaintiffs appealed and sought an injunction pending the appeal.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed, vacating the class certification and the dismissal and remanding the case for further proceedings as to the individual named plaintiffs. Yassini v. Crosland, 613 F.2d 219 (9th Cir. 1980).

On remand, the District Court rendered judgment for the INS, and one of the named plaintiffs appealed. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that the INS' revocation of deferred departure dates for Iranian nationals was a lawful act and a legitimate part of implementing the President's response to the Iranian hostage crisis. The Court further held that the INS' action did not violate due process, the Administrative Procedure Act or the Freedom of Information Act. Yassini v. Crosland, 618 F.2d 1356 (9th Cir. 1980).

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Dan Dalton - 10/21/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Immigration
Constitutional rights
Deportation - criteria
Deportation - judicial review
Deportation - procedure
Temporary visitors
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Bivens
Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. ยงยง 551 et seq.
Defendant(s) Immigration and Naturalization Service
Plaintiff Description Iranian students whose deferred departure dates from the U.S> had been revoked by the INS.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
[Opinion Vacating and Remanding] 01/29/1980 (613 F.2d 219)
IM-CA-0047-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
[Opinion Affirming District Court Decision] 05/14/1980 (618 F.2d 1356)
IM-CA-0047-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Hug, Procter Ralph Jr. (Ninth Circuit)
IM-CA-0047-0001 | IM-CA-0047-0002
Kennedy, Anthony McLeod (SCOTUS, Ninth Circuit)
IM-CA-0047-0001
Pregerson, Dean D. (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0047-0001
Tang, Thomas (Ninth Circuit)
IM-CA-0047-0002
Tuttle, Elbert Parr (Fifth Circuit, Eleventh Circuit)
IM-CA-0047-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Blum, Carolyn P. (California)
IM-CA-0047-0001
Hing, Bill Ong (California)
IM-CA-0047-0001 | IM-CA-0047-0002
Howard, Nancy (California)
IM-CA-0047-0001
Rummel, Jeffrey J (California)
IM-CA-0047-0001
Van Der Hout, Marc (California)
IM-CA-0047-0001 | IM-CA-0047-0001
Weber, Polly A (California)
IM-CA-0047-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Garland, Merrick B. (District of Columbia)
IM-CA-0047-0002
Phalle, R De Saint (California)
IM-CA-0047-0001
Schey, Peter A. (California)
IM-CA-0047-0001 | IM-CA-0047-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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