Rogers v. Bellei

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Rogers v. Bellei
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Argued January 15, 1970
Reargued November 12, 1970
Decided April 5, 1971
Full case name William P. Rogers, Secretary of State, Appellant, v. Aldo Mario Bellei
Citations 401 U.S. 815 (more)
91 S.Ct. 1060; 28 L.Ed.2d 499
Prior history Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Holding
Congress has the power to impose the condition subsequent of residence in this country on appellee, who does not come within the Fourteenth Amendment's definition of citizens as those "born or naturalized in the United States," and its imposition is not unreasonable, arbitrary, or unlawful.
Court membership
Case opinions
Majority Blackmun, joined by Burger, Harlan, Stewart, White
Dissent Black, joined by Douglas, Marshall
Dissent Brennan, joined by Douglas

Rogers v. Bellei, 401 U.S. 815 (1971), was a decision by the United States Supreme Court, which held that an individual who received an automatic congressional grant of citizenship at birth, but who was born outside the United States, may lose his citizenship for failure to fulfill any reasonable residence requirements which the United States Congress may impose as a condition subsequent to that citizenship.

The appellee, Aldo Mario Bellei, was born in Italy to an Italian father and an American mother. He acquired U.S. citizenship by virtue of section 1993 of the Revised Statutes of 1874, which conferred citizenship upon any child born outside the United States of only one American parent (known as jus sanguinis). In 1963, he failed to report for induction in the District of Columbia, and had his U.S. citizenship revoked under § 301(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952. Bellei challenged the constitutionality of this act. The three-judge District Court held the section unconstitutional, citing Afroyim v. Rusk, and Schneider v. Rusk. The Supreme Court reversed the decision, ruling against Bellei.

Later[edit]

The statute under which Bellei was stripped of his citizenship was repealed by the U.S. Congress in 1978.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Chaffee, D. R. (1972), "The Erosion of Citizenship: Rogers v. Bellei", Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 5: 589 .
  • Fort, William H. (1971), "Involuntary Expatriation: Rogers v. Bellei—A Chink in the Armor of Affroyim [sic]", American University Law Review 21: 184 .
  • Schwartz, David F. (1974), "American Citizenship after Afroyim and Bellei: Continuing Controversy", Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 2: 1003 .