July 24's Fact of the Week: 1948 Oyama v. California

Oyama v. California was a US Supreme Court case that decided that specific provisions of the 1913 and 1920 California Alien Land Laws violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to Fred Oyama who as a Japanese American naturalized in the United States had purchased land on behalf of his father. While his father cannot own land under his name, because he could not apply for naturalization, his son, born in the United States and naturalized, can own land. The case set an important precedent that opened the door for land ownership opportunities for Japanese Americans under the protection of the law if United States citizen.