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Harisiades v. Shaughnessy

United States Supreme Court
342 U.S. 580 (1952)


The cases of three legal resident aliens, Harisades, Mascitti, and Coleman (plaintiffs), were consolidated due to similar facts. All of the plaintiffs were members of the Communist Party at some point but left before 1940. The plaintiffs all disavowed any support of the violent overthrow of the United States government by Communist interests. All of the plaintiffs have established families in the United States. All of the plaintiffs were ordered deported under the Alien Registration Act of 1940, which allowed deportation for resident aliens with current and past ties to groups that support the overthrow of the United States government. The plaintiffs sued to declare the Act unconstitutional and the Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Jackson, J.)

Concurrence (Frankfurter, J.)

Dissent (Douglas, J.)

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