Fedorenko v. United States

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Fedorenko v. United States
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Argued October 15, 1980
Decided January 21, 1981
Full case name Feodor Fedorenko v. United States
Citations 449 U.S. 490 (more)
101 S.Ct. 737; 66 L.Ed.2d 686
Prior history Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Holding
As a person who had assisted the enemy in persecuting civilians, Fedorenko's visa was illegally procured and therefore his citizenship must be revoked under § 340(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Court membership
Chief Justice
Warren E. Burger
Associate Justices
William J. Brennan Jr. · Potter Stewart
Byron White · Thurgood Marshall
Harry Blackmun · Lewis F. Powell Jr.
William Rehnquist · John P. Stevens
Case opinions
Majority Marshall, joined by Brennan, Stewart, Powell, Rehnquist
Concurrence Burger
Concurrence Blackmun
Dissent White
Dissent Stevens

Fedorenko v. United States, 449 U.S. 490 (1981), was a United States Supreme Court case which held that people who assisted in Nazi persecutions, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, were not eligible for visas to enter the United States, and thus could not legally obtain United States citizenship. It has been used as an important precedent in many denaturalization cases against former Nazis.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Dienstag, Abbe L. (1982), "Fedorenko v. United States: War Crimes, the Defense of Duress, and American Nationality Law", Columbia Law Review, 82 (1): 120–183, doi:10.2307/1122241 .