In the Matter of Randall – International Law – CCR Docket 1985-1986

Margaret Randall is the author of 40 books, most of which deal with women’s and Third World liberation. She is also an accomplished poet and photographer. Although born in the United States, Randall married a Mexican citizen in the early 1960s and acquired Mexican citizenship. ln 1966 Randall was denied admission to the U.S. as a visitor on the ground that she was “subversive .” She was subsequently granted a tem­porary waiver of excludability. In 1969 she moved to Cuba, where she worked as an editor and writer, and in 1980 she moved to Nicaragua to work on a book with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Culture.

Randall is now married to a U.S. citizen and resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, near her parents, who are both U.S. citizens. She has applied for permanent resident status, and that application has been pending for more than one year though the average processing time for such applications is 60 days. She was interviewed at length by immigration officials regarding her writings, associations, and beliefs.

It is anticipated that Randall’s application for pennanent resident status will be denied, despite her birth in the U.S., and the nationality of her husband and parents. The CCR is representing Randall before the Immigration Service and is preparing a lawsuit on her behalf.

Michael Ratner, with CCR cooperating attorney Michael Maggio