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Schneider v. Rusk

Significance, No "second Class Citizenship" Allowed, The Historical Record For Residency


Angelika L. Schneider


Dean Rusk, U.S. Secretary of State

Appellant's Claim

That a section of the 1952 Immigration and Naturalization Act, which stripped the citizenship of naturalized Americans who lived abroad for more than three years was unconstitutional.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Milton V. Freeman

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Bruce J. Terris

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, William O. Douglas (writing for the Court), Arthur Goldberg, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren

Justices Dissenting

Tom C. Clark, John Marshall Harlan II, Byron R. White (William J. Brennan, Jr. did not participate)


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

18 May 1964


Upheld appellant's claim.

Related Cases

  • Perez v. Brownell, 356 U.S. 44 (1958).
  • Trop v. Dulles, 356 U.S. 86 (1958).
  • Kennedy v. Mendoza-Martinez, 372 U.S. 144 (1963).
  • Afroyim v. Rusk, 387 U.S. 253 (1967).

Further Readings

  • Biskupic, Joan, and Elder Witt. Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd edition. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1997.
  • New York Times, 19 May 1964.
  • Nowak, John E., Ronald D. Rotunda, and J. Nelson Young. Constitutional Law, 2nd edition. St. Paul: West Publishing Company, 1984.

Additional topics

Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1963 to 1972