From our private database of 14,000+ case briefs...
International Longshoremen’s Local 37 v. Boyd
United States Supreme Court
347 U.S. 222 (1954)
A large group of workers belonging to Local 37 of the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union (Local 37) (plaintiff) traveled from their homes in the continental United States to Alaska for seasonal work. Some of these workers were aliens who had been previously accepted as United States residents. Prior to the 1953 season, these resident alien workers became concerned that Boyd (defendant), the District Director of Immigration and Naturalization at Seattle, would construe section 212(d)(7) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (the Act) in such a way that they would be treated upon their return from Alaska to their homes in the continental United States as if they were non-resident aliens entering the United States for the first time. Because non-resident aliens can be excluded from the United States for many reasons that would not justify deporting resident aliens, Local 37 filed this suit prior to the 1953 season, seeking declaratory relief to enjoin Boyd from interpreting and applying section 212(d)(7) of the Act in this manner. Local 37 also asked the court to declare whether the Act, if applied according to Boyd’s construction, would be unconstitutional. The district court entertained the suit and dismissed it on the merits. Boyd appealed on the grounds that the district court should not have reached the constitutional issue, and should have dismissed the suit because there was no case or controversy.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Frankfurter, J.)
Dissent (Black, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 203,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.