Forbes v Chuoco Tiaco; G.R. No. L-6157; 30 Jul 1910; 16 Phil 534

FACTS:
Defendant Chinese national was deported to China and was allegedly threatened to be deported again when he came back to the Philippines. He filed for a preliminary injunction prohibiting plaintiffs from deporting him. Said injunction was issued by the Court of First Instance.

ISSUE(S):
Whether or not the political rights of aliens are protected by due process of law.

RULING:
NO. The political rights of aliens is not governed by that “due process of law” which governs in dealing with their civil rights. The certificate of admission is a mere license and may be revoked at any time. An alien’s right to remain in the territory of a foreign government is purely a political one and may be terminated at the will of such government. No cases have been found, and it is confidently asserted that there are none, which establish a contrary doctrine.

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