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Cabell v. Chavez-Salido
United States Supreme Court
454 U.S. 432 (1982)
Chavez-Salido and two other permanent resident aliens (plaintiffs) applied to become Deputy Probation Officers for Los Angeles County. They performed well on the required examinations and met the job’s requirements except for the requirement of U.S. citizenship. When they did not receive the position, they filed a complaint in federal district court challenging the constitutionality of the California law requiring all “peace officers” to be U.S. citizens. The district court held that the law was unconstitutionally overinclusive and invalid as applied to the plaintiffs’ case. The California government appealed and the Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)
Dissent (Blackmun, J.)
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