Immigration Law

Immigration Law : A Primer

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From the founding of the Republic until 1875, the only federal immigration legislation was the unpopular 1798 Alien and Sedition Act,9 which expired in 1800.10 Before 1875, states often imposed their own restrictions on immigration.11 In 1875, Congress began regulating various aspects of immigration. Over the next forty years, Congress created broad categories of excludable aliens, a narrower class of deportable aliens, and the beginnings of an immigration bureaucracy. Prostitutes, certain convicts, idiots, lunatics, the feebleminded, the insane, paupers, polygamists, epileptics, those suffering from certain contagious diseases, and persons likely to become public charges were among the excludable class. The exclusion of Chinese nationals (in 1882) and anarchists (after the assassination of President McKinley) established the principle that noncitizens could be excluded based on race or ideology. This period also witnessed the first immigration laws (contract labor laws) designed to protect the U.S. labor more

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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 10mm | 431g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514754894
  • 9781514754894