Afroyim v. Rusk
Dean Rusk, U.S. Secretary of State
Section 401(e) of the Nationality Act of 1940, 8 U.S.C. sec. 801 (1946), which provided that American citizens automatically lost their citizenship if they voted in a foreign election, was unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Edward J. Ennis
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black (writing for the Court), William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Abe Fortas, Earl Warren
Tom C. Clark, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
29 May 1967
Held that the Fourteenth Amendment prevents Congress from adopting any laws divesting American citizens of their citizenship.
- Perez v. Brownell, 356 U.S. 44 (1958).
- Bellei v. Rusk, 296 F.Supp 1247 (DCDC 1969).
- Vance v. Terrazas, 444 U.S. 252 (1980).
- Biskupic, Joan, and Elder Witt, eds. Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1996.
- Miller, John J. "Loyalty Duel: Will the Rise of Dual Citizenship Create a World Without Patriotism?" National Review, May 18, 1998, p. 32.
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