Gonzales v. Williams

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Gonzales v. Williams by Melville Fuller
Gonzáles v. Williams, was argued in the U.S. Supreme Court on December 4 and 7, 1903 and was presided by Chief Justice Melville Weston Fuller. The case sparked the administrative, legal, and media discussions about the status of Puerto Ricans. On January 4, 1904, the Court determined that under the immigration laws González was not an alien, and therefore could not be denied entry into New York. The court, however declined to declare that she was a U.S. citizen. The question of the citizenship status of the inhabitants of the new island territories, their situation remained confusing, ambiguous, and contested. Puerto Ricans came to be known as something in between: "noncitizen nationals." — Excerpted from Isabel González#United_States_Supreme_Court:_Gonzales_v._Williams on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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 Argued: December 4, 7, 1903. --- Decided: January, 4, 1904

Messrs. Frederic R. Coudert, Jr., Paul Fuller, and Charles E. LeBarbier, and, by special leave, Mr. Federico Degetau for appellant.

[Argument of Counsel from pages 1-4 intentionally omitted]

Solicitor General Hoyt for appellee.

[Argument of Counsel from pages 4-7 intentionally omitted]

Mr. Chief Justice Fuller delivered the opinion of the court:


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