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Yamataya v. Fisher (The Japanese Immigrant Case)
Supreme Court of the United States
189 U.S. 86 (1903)
Yamataya (plaintiff), a Japanese immigrant, was deported four days after entering the United States, on the ground that she was likely to become a public charge (i.e. dependent on the government for support) and thus was inadmissible at the time she entered the country. Yamataya, who did not speak English, challenged her deportation on the grounds that she was not given adequate notice or on opportunity to be heard, and thus the deportation violated the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Harlan, J.)
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