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NATION : Leftist Writer Loses Her High Court Bid for Permanent Resident Status

June 19, 1989| From Times wire services

WASHINGTON — Margaret Randall, a writer threatened with deportation from the United States for supporting communism, lost a Supreme Court appeal today.

The court, without comment, left intact a ruling that it is premature to consider the constitutional and legal issues she raised.

Her appeal was supported by a number of prominent writers, including Norman Mailer, Arthur Miller, Toni Morrison, William Styron and Kurt Vonnegut.

Randall lost her U.S. citizenship after leaving this country in 1961. She lived in Mexico, Cuba and Nicaragua, writing about social change and revolution in Third World nations.

She returned to this country on a visitor's visa in 1984 and has been living in Albuquerque, N.M., near her elderly parents, and teaching at the University of New Mexico.

Randall applied for permanent resident status in 1984, a step toward regaining her U.S. citizenship. The application was rejected by an official of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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