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Fong Yue Ting v. United States

United States Supreme Court
149 U.S. 698 (1893)


Fong Yue Ting (defendant) applied on April 11, 1893 to the collector of revenue for a certificate of residence, as required by the Chinese Exclusion Act passed in 1892. The collector of revenue denied the certificate because Yue Ting was unable to produce non-Chinese witnesses to prove that he was entitled to the certificate, and the collector deemed Chinese witnesses not to be credible. Because Yue Ting was unable to obtain a certificate of residence, he was arrested for lack of such a certificate. The judge ordered Yue Ting deported after he failed to produce a credible white witness as required by statute. Yue Ting petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus, which was denied by the district court. The Supreme Court granted certiorari on a consolidated appeal with two similar cases.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Gray, J)

Dissent (Brewer, J)

Dissent (Field, J)

Dissent (Fuller, CJ)

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