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Case Name Trujillo-Hernandez v. Farrell IM-TX-0017
Docket / Court Unknown ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Immigration
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 ... read more >
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).

Dan Dalton - 10/30/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
Language discrimination
Immigration
Constitutional rights
U.S. citizenship - acquiring
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 An alien filed a petition for naturalization and instituted a class action challenging the english language requirement of the naturalization statue.
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 Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1975
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
Per Curiam Opinion 11/13/1974 (503 F.2d 954)
IM-TX-0017-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order [Petition for Writ of Certiorari Denied] 05/19/1975 (421 U.S. 977)
IM-TX-0017-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Bell, Griffin Boyette (Fifth Circuit)
IM-TX-0017-0001
Brewster, Leo (N.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0017-0001
Wisdom, John Minor (Fifth Circuit)
IM-TX-0017-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Idar, Ed Lee Jr. (Texas)
IM-TX-0017-0001
Korbel, George (Texas)
IM-TX-0017-0001
Obledo, Mario (Texas)
IM-TX-0017-0001
Rosen, Sanford Jay (California)
IM-TX-0017-0001
Sanchez, R. P. (Texas)
IM-TX-0017-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Darden, Robert (Texas)
IM-TX-0017-0001
Eversberg, Helen M. (Texas)
IM-TX-0017-0001
Farris, Anthony J. P. (Texas)
IM-TX-0017-0001
Gough, James R. (Texas)
IM-TX-0017-0001
Magaro, Pete (Texas)
IM-TX-0017-0001
Murphy, John L. (District of Columbia)
IM-TX-0017-0001
Rice, B. Stephen (Texas)
IM-TX-0017-0001
Sinderson, Mary L. (Texas)
IM-TX-0017-0001
Sureck, Joseph (California)
IM-TX-0017-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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