Historical Events Related to Immigration Issues from U.S. and Arizona History

  • The First Immigration Wave

    about 900,000 immigrants came to the colonies. America became a diverse nation.
  • Oath of Allegiance

    German immigrants can accept the U.S. as their country.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Made by the British Government; limited colonists freedom in approaching Native Americans. They didn't want the colonists to die.
  • The Naturalization Act

    The first federal immigration acts was passed. The new law required that applicants for naturalized citizenship reside in the US for two years, they must provide "proof" of good character in court and they had to be white. Law was nullified in 1952.
  • Naturalization Act of 1795

    Act amended by the 1790 act by increasing the period of required residence and by changing the Declaration of Intention requirement.
  • Naturalization Act of 1798

    It was harder for immigrants to become citizens.
  • Alien and Sedition Acts

    Required an alien to file a declaration of intention to become a citizen 5 years before becoming a citizen and increased the period of residence to 14 years.
  • Importation of Slavery

    Foreign slave trade became illegal.
  • The Second Immigration Wave

    Over 15 million arrivals.
  • The Third Immigration Wave

    The Industrial Revolution brought an unprecedented number of immigrants to America; over 18 million.
  • Immigration Act of 1924

    Set a limit of 150,000 immigrants and forbade immigrants of Asians. The act was designed to exclude the "undesirable immigrants".
  • The Final Immigration Wave

    28.5 million people immigrated to the US.
  • Immigration Reform Act

    Lifted numerical restrictions against Asian immigrants and set new restriction limits.
  • Immigration Ceiling

    Amended to allow a global cieling of 290,000 immigrants annually.
  • Immigration Reform and Control Act

    Granted amnesty to roughly 3 million illegal aliens who were able to prove continuous residence in the US since 1982.
  • SB 1070- Arizona Legislation

    Arizona enacted a bill making it a state crime to be in the country illegally. Legal immigrants are required to carry paperwork proving their status.