U.S. and Arizona Immigration Events

  • Alien and Sedition Acts

    Alien and Sedition Acts required 14 years of residency before citizenship and provided for the deportation of "dangerous" aliens.
  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    First federal immigration law suspended Chinese immigration for 10 years and barred Chinese in U.S. from citizenship.
  • Contract Labor Law

    Unlawful to import unskilled aliens from overseas as laborers. Regulations did not pertain to those crossing land borders.
  • Ellis Island

    Ellis Island opened to screen immigrants entering on east coast.
  • Border Patrol

    The first use of border patrol was to block Asian immigrants from entering through Mexico.
  • Naturalization

    Knowledge of English becomes a basic requirement.
  • Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization

    This bureau is put in charge of national immigration policy.
  • Literacy Tests

    Literacy test given to those over 16 trying to come into the country.
  • Fingerprinting

    Finger printing and registering required for all aliens.
  • Immigration and Nationality Act

    Immigration and Nationality Act eliminated race as a bar to immigration or citizenship.
  • Immigration Reform and Control Act

    Amnesty given to illegal aliens while sanctions for employers hiring them.
  • Proof of Citizenship

    Legislation passes a law saying you must have proof of citizenship to get a license.
  • English Immersion

    Voters want english immersion in schools causing bilingual education to be banned in Arizona.
  • S.B. 1070

    Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signs the "Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act," known as S.B. 1070.
  • SB 1070 Opposition

    The Obama Administration sues to block SB 1070 saying Arizona is overstepping their rights as a state. Immigration is a federal issue not a state issue.