History of Immigration
Naturalization Act of 1790 restricted citizenship to “free white persons” of residence in the
country for 2 years
Fourteenth Amendment in 1868 naturalized all children born in the U.S. regardless of parents
Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882 limited Chinese immigration to laborers and restricted
naturalization (repealed in 1943)
Gentlemen’s Agreement in 1907 was an accordance with Japan to discontinue the issuing of
passports to those immigrating to the U.S.
Immigration Act of 1924 dramatically reduced the amount of Southern and Eastern Europeans
immigrants using a set quota in the National Origins Formula
Luce-Celler Act of 1946 issued a limit of 100 Indian American and Filipino immigrants per year
Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986 made harsh fines for employers hiring illegal
1990 Immigration Act dramatically increased immigrants to 700,000 and visas by 40%
Real ID Act of 2005 changed visa limits and removed restrictions on border fences; exclusion of
The DREAM Act first introduced in 2001 and initiated in ’09 and ’10 provides legal residency
and citizenship to illegal immigrants who have graduated from high school
Current State of Immigration
Limited protection under law HR 447: House passed bill
Arizona Immigration Law: deporting all aliens with any
any suspected illegal criminal charge
immigrant may be asked of Leniency?
Allow current aliens citizenship Arrest illegal immigrants
Legalize undocumented Increase border patrol & immigration
Permit/release more visas Prohibit hiring of illegal immigrants
Allow illegal aliens working HB-56 the Alabama Anti-Immigrant Law
eligibility Immigrants take job opportunity unfairly
Immigrants take undesired jobs
Prosecutorial Discretion Memo- issues a demeanor
to be followed before immigrant containment
Declare commitment to immigration reform
Few laws have been passed yet
Republican Party Position
tighten border control
for American safety
and penalize illegal
immigration to the U.S.
But, opposes illegal
Has openly fluctuated his
position on the topic
Wants to secure the Mexican border
Eliminate illegal immigration
Stop illegal immigration
Supporter of Arizona Immigration law
Increase border control
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