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 (āl′yə-nĭj, ā′lē-ə-)
The official status of an alien. Also called alienism.
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(ˈeɪl yə nɪdʒ, ˈeɪ li ə-)

also alienism

1. the state of being an alien.
2. the legal status of an alien.
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the condition of being an alien.
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Noun1.alienage - the quality of being alienalienage - the quality of being alien    
foreignness, curiousness, strangeness - the quality of being alien or not native; "the strangeness of a foreigner"
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about their immigration status and/or the deportation order would unfairly prejudice the jury by introducing the possibility of invidious discrimination on the basis of alienage. See United States v.
Alleging that the police used Spanish to explain his Miranda rights, rather than his native language of Mam, he claimed that his language skills and alienage prevented him from executing a valid Miranda waiver.
civil litigation raises a fundamental question for the doctrine of personal jurisdiction: How should the alienage status of a defendant affect personal jurisdiction?
(61) Justice Stone suggested that a "more exacting judicial scrutiny" may be appropriate in cases where the law "prejudices against discrete and insular minorities." (62) Since then, courts have recognized race and alienage, among others, as suspect classifications that are reviewed under strict scrutiny.
as the case in which the Court designated alienage "suspect."
Over a century ago, the Supreme Court stated that "[o]ver no conceivable subject is the legislative power of Congress more complete." (29) Since then, the Court has either deferred to Congress or refused altogether to review federal statutes concerning noncitizens for compliance with the Constitution's substantive and procedural requirements under what has become known as the "plenary power doctrine," (30) even when Congress has relied on classifications that would be constitutionally problematic if applied to citizens, such as race, (31) alienage, (32) gender, (33) and legitimacy.
(185) The immigrants losing their health benefits argued that this was discrimination on account of their alienage, violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and state constitutional provisions.
The ICE official said they are being treated at local hospitals and "officials will not release the identities or alienage of victims until relatives can be notified."
Richardson, (60) a case addressing a state law denying welfare benefits to certain noncitizens, the Court invalidated the law because "classifications based on alienage, like those based on nationality or race, are inherently suspect." (61) Quoting the now-famous footnote from United States v.