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The Japanese Immigrant Case (Yamataya v. Fisher)

United States Supreme Court
189 U.S. 86 (1903)


Facts

Yamataya came to the United States on July 11, 1901. An immigration inspector decided four days later that Yamataya should be deported because she was excludable when she entered the country as she was a pauper. Yamataya asserted that the inspector’s immigration was not adequate due to her poor English skills, lack of counsel, and lack of an opportunity to speak in her defense. The Supreme Court granted certiorari on her appeal.

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