297 F.2d 791 (D.C. Cir. 1961), 16426, Dai Ming Shih v. Kennedy

Docket Nº:16426.
Citation:297 F.2d 791
Party Name:DAI MING SHIH et al., Appellants, v. Robert F. KENNEDY, Attorney General of the United States, Appellee.
Case Date:November 30, 1961
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

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297 F.2d 791 (D.C. Cir. 1961)

DAI MING SHIH et al., Appellants,


Robert F. KENNEDY, Attorney General of the United States, Appellee.

No. 16426.

United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.

November 30, 1961

Argued Oct. 30, 1961.

Mr. David Carliner, Washington, D.C., with whom Mr. Jack Wasserman, Washington, D.C., was on the brief, for appellants.

Mr. Abbott A. Leban, Asst. U.S. Atty., with whom Messrs, David C. Acheson, U.S. Atty., Charles T. Duncan, Principal Asst. U.S. Atty., Gil Zimmerman, Special Asst. U.S. Atty., and Edmond F. McKeown, Jr., Asst. U.S. Atty., were on the brief, for appellee.

Before FAHY, WASHINGTON and DANAHER, Circuit Judges.


This is a deportation case, The aliens admittedly are in this country illegally. They were served with warrants of deportation which did not name the country to which they were to be deported, but simply stated that they were to be deported 'pursuant to law.' They were later notified that they were to be deported to Formosa. in their suit in the District Court they alleged that they were each 'subjects, nationals, or citizens of China, ' and sought injunctive and declaratory relief against their deportation to Formosa. The District Court dismissed the complaint and granted the defendant-appellee's motion for summary judgment.

The governing statutory provisions are those of Section 243(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 66 Stat. 212 (1952), 8 U.S.C. § 1253(a) (1958), reading in pertinent part:

' § 1253. Countries to which aliens shall be deported.

'(a) Acceptance by designated country; deportation upon nonacceptance by country.

'The deportation of an alien in the United States provided for in this Act or any other Act or treaty, shall be directed by the Attorney General to a country promptly designated by the alien if that country is willing to accept him into its territory, unless the Attorney General, in his discretion, concludes that deportation to such country would be prejudicial to the interests of the United States. * * * If the government of the country designated by the alien fails finally to advise the Attorney General within three months following original inquiry whether that government will or will not accept such alien into its territory, such designation may thereafter be disregarded. Thereupon deportation of...

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