US immigration policies from 1850 to present

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    Immigration policies

  • Page Act

    Page Act
    First federal immigration law and prohibited the entry of immigrants considered "undesirable".
  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    Chinese Exclusion Act
    Allowed the U.S. to suspend Chinese immigration
  • Geary Act

    Geary Act
    Extended the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882
  • Asiatic Barred Zone Act

    Asiatic Barred Zone Act
    This act added to the number of undesirables banned from entering the country.
  • Immigration Act of 1924

    Immigration Act of 1924
    Limited the annual number of immigrants who could be admitted from any country to 2% of the number of people from that country who were already living in the U.S. in 1890, down from the 3% cap set by the Immigration Restriction Act of 1921.
  • Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952

    Restricted Immigration in the U.S. and is codified under Title 8 of the United States Code.
  • Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act

    Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act
    The law applies to any native or citizen of Cuba who has been inspected and admitted or paroled into the U.S. after 1/1/1959 and has been physically present for at least one year; and is admissable to the U.S. as a permanent resident.
  • Real ID Act

    Real ID Act
    An Act of Congress that modified U.S. federal law pertaining to security, authentication, and inssuance procedures standards for the state driver's licenses and identification cards, as well as various immigration issues pertaining to terrorism.
  • Arizona SB 1070

    Arizona SB 1070
    Broadest and strictest anti-illegal immigration measure in recent U.S. history. Requires all aliens over the age of 14 who remain in the United States for longer than 30 days to register with the U.S. government and to have registration documents in their possesion at all times; violation of this requirement is a federal misdemeanor crime.
  • Alabama HB 56

    Alabama HB 56
    Requires that if police have "reasonable suspicion" that a person is an immigrant unlawfully present in the United States, in the midst of any legal stop, detention or arrest, to make a similarly reasonable attempt to determine that person's legal status.