Immigration Timeline

  • Naturalization Act of 1790

    Naturalization Act of 1790
    At that time, this act established a general definition of naturalization and the policy that an "alien" has to be in the U.S. for at least two years before becoming a resident. Only for white people of good moral character, though.
  • Ban of Importation of Slaves

    Ban of Importation of Slaves
    Since 1808, the importation of slaves had been banned, which did restrict immigration for a while, but people still did so anyways. The numbers were not as high as they were before.
  • Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

    Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
    Also known Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Limits and Settlement between the United States of America and the Mexican Republic. This treaty expanded citizenship to nearly 165,000 Mexican residents in New Mexico, California, and other bordering states.
  • California Gold Rush

    California Gold Rush
    Due to the rising emergence of gold in the West, many immigrants moved there in order to make a fortune.
  • Naturalization Act of 1870

    Naturalization Act of 1870
    Expanded citizenship to both whites and African Americans, causing many to become citizens of the U.S. What The Naturalization Act Accomplished
  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    Chinese Exclusion Act
    Here is a website that contains information of the Chinese Exclusion Act along with an online copy of the act, itself. Copy of document and details.
  • The Geary Act

    The Geary Act
    This act extended the Chinese Exclusionary Act by ten years and also restricted several of their rights, such as being able to have bail and them having to carry around a permit.
    Link to The Geary Act
  • Naturalization Act of 1906

    Naturalization Act of 1906
    With this act came the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization.
  • Immigration Act of 1917

    Restricts Asian immigration by creating a "Asiatic Barred Zone"
    Quick Overview of the act
  • The First Red Scare

    The First Red Scare
    Due to the spread of communism in European and Asian countires, those in the U.S. begin to believe that it will spread to them. Chaos ensues.
    Arictle and Summary about The First Red Scare
  • The Emergency Quota Act

    The Emergency Quota Act
    The act restricted immigration to only allow 3% of the number of people living in the U.S. from the 1910 census. A number that had considerably grown since that time and the time of the act.
  • The Border Patrol Is Created

    The Border Patrol Is Created
    The Border Patrol was created in order to stop smuggling and illegal immigration History of Border Patrol
  • Alien Restriction Act

    Alien Restriction Act
    This act is also known as The Smith Act made it illegal for anyone in the United States to advocate, abet, or teach the desirability of overthrowing the government, this is anothe fight against the Second Red Scare that came from the emergence of facism and more communism.
    Copy of the Act
  • Executive Order 9066

    Executive Order 9066
    This order signed by Franklin D. Roosevelet sends tens of thousands of Japanese-Americans to interment camps in response to the Pearl Harbor attack.
  • Ellis Island Closes

    Ellis Island Closes
  • Bracero Program Ends

    Bracero Program Ends
    Eventhough the U.S. was not interested in renewing this program, Mexico thought it would be beneficial. Even after the program ending, many immigrants still came to the U.S. to work temporary jobs, beginning an era of this immigration.
  • President Gerald Ford Repeals Executive Order 9066

    President Gerald Ford Repeals Executive Order 9066
    In this act, the movement of the Japanese into internment camps was regarded as a national mistake, and was apologized for by President Ford.
  • Refugee Act of 1980

    Refugee Act of 1980
    This law allowed any person unable or unwilling to return to his or her country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
    Copy of the Act
  • Immigration Reform and Control Act

     Immigration Reform and Control Act
    This Act granted legal status to qualifying immigrants Who Entered the US Illegally before Jan. 1, 1982. Ronald Reagan's amnesty act.
  • Immigration Act of 1990

    Immigration Act of 1990
    More information on the actThis act increased the limit on legal immigration and grounds for revision for deportation.
  • Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act

    Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act
    President Clinton signs the law that restricts welfare and benefits for immigrants who have been in the country less than five years.
    Copy of the document
  • Terrorist Attacks

    Terrorist Attacks
    Due to the attacks on Sept. 11th, 2001 the U.S. increases their watch on the borders while trying to implement more strict immigration laws.
  • Minutemen Project

    Minutemen Project
    Quick biography of the movement's leaders and those involved.Civillians begin to patrol the U.S. Mexico border in reponse to their displeasure with current border laws.
  • Arizona Bill (SB 1070)

    Arizona Bill (SB 1070)
    This controversial bill set to expand the state's authority when it came to illegal immigration and how to deal with it.
  • US Supreme Court Upholds Centerpiece of 2010 Arizona Immigration Law

    US Supreme Court Upholds Centerpiece of 2010 Arizona Immigration Law
    NY Time article briefly explaining the billSB 1070 was easily one of the most controversial bills of our time, it was debated over for years. The Supreme Court, in the end, blocked several parts of the bill.