U.S. Immigration

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  • Congress Rules

    Congress Rules
    A newly passed Congress rules allows any free white person to apply for citizenship after 2 years of residency
  • A Need for Resources

    A Need for Resources
    Irish from all walks of life and class come to the U.S. as a result of the potato famine.
  • 14th Amendment

    14th Amendment
    African Americans were finally granted citizenship with the 14th Amendment
  • Ellis Island

    Ellis Island
    1892 is when Ellis Island opened to filter immigrants in and out of the borders. If a woman was traveling alone, a man had to meet her at the island, or else they were automatically deported.
  • Stricter Rules

    Stricter Rules
    Anyone with a mental or physical defect, tuberculosis, or a child traveling alone without family, were all added to the exclusion list. Japan agreed to stop sending so many people if we agreed to desegregate schools.
  • Hart-Cellar Acts

    Hart-Cellar Acts
    Abolishing national origin quotas, the Hart-Cellar Acts categorized immigration preference by family connections,critical skills, artistic excellence, and refugee status
  • Immigrant Act of 1990

    Immigrant Act of 1990
    Limited the number of unskilled workers to 10,000 per year, with the goal of giving them a skill and reuniting them with immediate family.
  • Secure Fence Act

    A Mexico/ U.S border fence was authorized to be constructed
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    Citizenship Revisions

    The Alien and Sedition Acts required 14 years of residency before granting citizenship, which was later changed to 5 years. Any "dangerous aliens" were deported.
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    A Jump in Population

    Between 1880 and 1890, 5.2 million immigrants became inhabitants in our country. 50,155,783 is the entire countries population at this time.
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    National Security Entry-Exit Registration System

    The U.S Attorney General implemented a program after 9/11requiring extra travel screening on travelers from 25 countries suspected to be involved with Al Qaeda and North Korea. Males 16+ who were from NSEERS specific countries had to then apply and interview with federal government officials and appear for special registration interviews with immigration officials. This program ended in 2011.