In our September 22, 2010 blog post, we discussed that the U.S. Supreme Court would hold oral arguments on November 10, 2010, an interesting immigration case, Flores-Villar v. United States (09-5801). The issue presented by Flores-Villar was whether children born overseas who have one U.S.-citizen parent can obtain U.S. citizenship if the citizen parent had been physically present in the U.S. for a certain period of time before the child’s birth. If the citizen parent is the father, the period is five years; if it is the mother, the period is one year. Does this differentiation violate the Equal Protection Clause?
Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in this case. The decision, however, is not expected until summer of 2011.
Click here to read the transcript of the oral arguments from November 10, 2010.
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