Califano v. Aznavorian

RESPONDENT: Aznavorian
LOCATION: Van Nuys Police Station

DOCKET NO.: 77-991
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1975-1981)

CITATION: 439 US 170 (1978)
ARGUED: Nov 06, 1978
DECIDED: Dec 11, 1978

Peter Buscemi - for Califano, pro hac vice, by special leave of Court
Peter A. Schey - for Aznavorian

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Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - November 06, 1978 in Califano v. Aznavorian

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - December 11, 1978 in Califano v. Aznavorian

Warren E. Burger:

The judgment and opinion of the Court in two consolidated cases, Califano against Aznavorian and Aznavorian against Califano will be announced by Mr. Justice Stewart.

Potter Stewart:

These are cross-appeals from the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

In 1972, Congress enacted the Supplemental Security Income program to aid the needy who are aged, blind, or disabled.

The legislation creating the program provides that benefits are not to be paid for any month that the recipient spends entirely outside of the United States.

The primary issue in these cases is whether as the District Court held, this restriction is constitutionally impermissible burden on the asserted right of international travel.

For the reasons set out in the Court's written opinion filed today, we hold that this provision of the law does not violate the constitution.

Accordingly, the judgment of the District Court is reversed.

Mr. Justice Marshall and Mr. Justice Brennan have filed a statement concurring in the result.

Warren E. Burger:

Thank you Mr. Justice Stewart.