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Case Name Cornejo v. Landon IM-IL-0002
Docket / Court No. 80 C 2192 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
In 1980, Plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in order to challenge delays between the filing of their initial naturalization applications and the scheduling of preliminary investigations and examinations by the INS. Plaintiffs ... read more >
In 1980, Plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in order to challenge delays between the filing of their initial naturalization applications and the scheduling of preliminary investigations and examinations by the INS. Plaintiffs claimed that these delays violated the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1101 et seq., the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 551 et seq., and their constitutional rights to due process and equal protection. Plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as class certification. Proposed plaintiff classes consisted of: (class 1) lawful permanent residents who applied for naturalization but who had not been scheduled for preliminary examinations due to various delays; and (class 2) spouses, parents, children and siblings of the members of class 1 who were waiting to qualify to apply for lawful permanent status pending the naturalization of the members of class 1.

The government defendants moved to dismiss the case for lack of standing. The District Court (Judge Bernard M. Decker) granted Defendants' motion in part. The Court dismissed the case as to the claims of the proposed Class 2 plaintiffs, holding that those individuals did not have standing. As to the claims of the proposed Vlass 1 plaintiffs, the Court ordered that the parties fully brief the standing issue on those claims. Cornejo v. Landon, 524 F. Supp. 118 (N.D.Ill. 1981).

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Stephen Imm - 08/21/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Immigration
Admission - procedure
Constitutional rights
Family
U.S. citizenship - acquiring
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. §§ 1101 et seq.
Bivens
Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq.
Defendant(s) Immigration and Naturalization Service
Plaintiff Description Legal permanent residents who submitted naturalization applications but whose preliminary investigation had been delayed
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Unknown
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 n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
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
Opinion 03/31/1981 (524 F.Supp. 118) (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0002-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Decker, Bernard Martin (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0002-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bracamonte, Jose (Illinois)
IM-IL-0002-0001
Feiertag, Terry Yale (Illinois)
IM-IL-0002-0001
Goldsmith, Bruce (Illinois)
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Kempster, Donald (Illinois)
IM-IL-0002-0001
Poplawski, Christine (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0002-0001
Resnick, Kalman D (Illinois)
IM-IL-0002-0001
Segal, Dverra (Illinois)
IM-IL-0002-0001
Soliz, Juan M (Illinois)
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Defendant's Lawyers Palmore, Roderick A (Illinois)
IM-IL-0002-0001
Webb, Dan K. (Illinois)
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Other Lawyers None on record

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