History of Immigration

  • Mystery of Roanoke

    Mystery of Roanoke
    The travelers from England did not like the Indians living on the land, so they set an Indian village on fire after a piece of the travelers equipment went missing.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    Pilgrims made a deal the British crown which allowed them to come to America in order to escape prosecution in England.
  • Beginning of Slave Trade

    Beginning of Slave Trade
    This event occurred after Bacon’s Rebellion and involved the bringing in African as slaves from Africa.
  • Naturalization Act

    Naturalization Act
    This act established rules for citizenship, but it did not mention any limitations on immigration.
  • Ban on International Slave Trade

    Ban on International Slave Trade
    America stopped the importation of slavery, but did not end slavery in America which was a controversial topic up to the Civil War.
  • Fourteenth Amendment

    Fourteenth Amendment
    This amendment includes three clauses: the Citizenship Clause, the Due Process Clause, and the Equal Protection Clause. This amendments applied to not only US citizens but also immigrants from other countries.
  • Fifteenth Amendment

    Fifteenth Amendment
    This amendment prohibits the government from denying someone the right to vote strictly off of the person’s race, color, and previous servitude.
  • Page Act

    Page Act
    The first immigration law to that prohibited immigrates from entering the country as they were referred to as undesirable.
  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    Chinese Exclusion Act
    This act restricted the immigration of Chinese laborers for ten years and provided Chinese deportation measures.
  • Immigration Act

    Immigration Act
    This act reimplimented the restrictiond on the immigration of Chinese laborers for ten years and provided Chinese deportation measures from Chinese Exclusion Act put into place almost ten years prior ot this act.
  • Geary Act

    Geary Act
    This act prolonged and reinforced the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
  • Immigration Act

    Immigration Act
    Authorities under the Wilson Administration were determined to deport individuals who followed anarchism which had a very broad definition.
  • Emergency Quota Act

    Emergency Quota Act
    This act limited the number of immigrants from any country to 3% which resulted in many European immigrants having to be deported Canada and Mexico.
  • Beginning of Great Depression

    Beginning of Great Depression
    A severe economic recession that occurred post World War I in which working conditions were even harder for immigrants.
  • Franklin Roosevelt Elected

    Franklin Roosevelt Elected
    He created the New Deal programs which included Environment Protection and the Social Security Act which were supposed to rebuild the United States economy. It also made it easier for immigrants to gain employment.
  • Pearl Harbor Attack

    Pearl Harbor Attack
    On this day, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, which ended up bringing the United States into World War II which eventually led to Japanese interment.
  • Japanese Internment Begins

    Japanese Internment Begins
    After the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt authorized putting members of Japanese descent into Relocation Camps all around the country.
  • Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act

    Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act
    This act allowed for Cuban nationals who sould enter or who were already present to gain legal status in America.
  • Dream Act Introduced

    Dream Act Introduced
    An act that has not been passed, but would grant the children of illegal immigrants the right to stay in America to get an education and work.
  • SB 1070 Introduced

    SB 1070 Introduced
    The strictest and broadest Arizona immigration law in history that would require all aliens that have been in America for more than 30 days to register with the government and have their registration documents on them at all time. Failure to do this may result in deportation.
  • President Obama's Dream Act (Signed Executive Order)

    President Obama's Dream Act (Signed Executive Order)
    President Obama signed an executive order that would temporarily allow for children of illegal immigrants to get an education and work in America. This is not a permanent solution as it only in place for two years while the President hopes to get the Dream Act passed in this time period.
  • Supreme Court ruled parts of SB 1070 Constitutional

    Supreme Court ruled parts of SB 1070 Constitutional
    The US Supreme Court reviewed SB 1070 passing through the provision that requires immigration status checks, but did not uphold three provisions within the bill.