History of Immigration Issues

  • Jan 1, 1492

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus
    Genocide of indigenous peoples begins with Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas.
  • First African Slaves

    First African Slaves
    First shipload of 20 indentured African slaves arrives in Jamestown, Virginia.
  • Pilgrims landing in America

    Pilgrims landing in America
    The Pilgrims were tired of British rule and a lot of people seeked religous freedom. They cam to America wanting to start a new life where they were free from British rule and had the freedom to be whatever religion they choose. This was the start of immigration in the United States
  • People from other countires other than England start to arrive

    People from other countires other than England start to arrive
    Large-scale Scottish and Irish immigration begins, with most settling in New England, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    Britian and France were fighting for territory in the United States. The Indians fought on both sides. They were promised land on both sides. After the war was over the Indians did not get what they were promised.
  • Naturalization Act

    Naturalization Act
    Naturalization Act- citizenship denied to "nonwhites."
  • Mexican American War

    Mexican American War
    Following the Mexican-American War, the Treaty of Guadalupe gave Mexican lands to the United States in what is now Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. Mexican Americans lose land to Anglos by both legal and illegal means.
  • Civil War

    Civil War
    President Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation into law, ratifying the freedom of slaves in the U.S.
  • First Immigration Act

    First Immigration Act
    Immigration Act was passed. It established the Bureau of Immigration and it was the first comprehensive law for immigration control, directing the deportation of aliens unlawfully in the U.S.
  • Mexican Revolution

    Mexican Revolution
    The Mexican Revolution sends thousands of peasants to the U.S. border seeking safety and employment.
  • Mexicans exempted form Immigration Act

    Mexicans exempted form Immigration Act
    Immigration Act: Mexicans are exempted from anti-immigration laws so that they can provide labor.
  • 1924 Immigration Act

    1924 Immigration Act
    Immigration and Naturalization Act imposes the first permanent limits on immigration. Entry without Inspection was created, officially labeling those who cross U.S. borders without immigration documents. The U.S. Border Patrol is created, in large part to control Chinese immigration to the U.S. across the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Immigration Reform and Control Act

    Immigration Reform and Control Act
    Immigration Reform and Control Act made it illegal for employers to hire undocumented workers and, for the first time, a crime to work without immigration authorization. It also increases border enforcement.
  • Secure Fence Act

    Secure Fence Act
    This Act allowed construction for many miles in the southwest border. It also enforced the stopping of illegal entry into the United States.
  • SB 1070

    SB 1070
    SB 1070 is the most restrictive immigration bill in the country. Legal immigrants now are required to carry around paper work. Police also can question anyone that they reasonably suspect.