Sessions v. Morales-Santana Oral Argument

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Lynch v. Morales-Santana, a case testing the constitutionality of an immigration law from 1952 that made… read more

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Lynch v. Morales-Santana, a case testing the constitutionality of an immigration law from 1952 that made it easier for unmarried American mothers to pass U.S. citizenship to their children born in other countries than it does unmarried American fathers.

Luis Ramon Morales-Santana was born in the Dominican Republic to an unmarried American father and Dominican mother. He challenged his deportation and won arguing that the gender distinction for men and women for birthright citizenship as unconstitutional. The Supreme Court was reviewing if the law violated the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection and whether the Second Circuit Court of Appeals had the authority to confer U.S. citizenship on the respondent.

On June 12 the court ruled that the law violates the Fifth Amendment’s requirement that all people must be treated equally under the law.

The case was originally called Lynch v. Morales-Santana. close

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Sessions v. Morales-Santana Oral Argument

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Program ID:
415453-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Judicial Proceeding
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Nov 12, 2016 | 6:58pm EST | C-SPAN 1
Last Aired:
Jun 13, 2017 | 5:50am EDT | C-SPAN 2

Airing Details

  • Nov 12, 2016 | 6:58pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 14, 2016 | 2:04pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 14, 2016 | 9:04pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 15, 2016 | 2:56am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 16, 2016 | 2:03am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 22, 2016 | 9:59am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 28, 2016 | 5:29pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jun 12, 2017 | 11:41pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jun 13, 2017 | 5:50am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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