Major Events Related to United States Immigration

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In History
  • Importation of Slaves Banned

    Importation of Slaves Banned
    The importation of slaves is banned in the United States.
  • Irish Potato Famine

    Irish Potato Famine
    The potato famine in Ireland caused a shortage of food and an increase in the immigration of Irish people to America.
  • Elections of 1854

    Elections of 1854
    During the congress elections of 1854, many people from the Knownothing party were elected. They supported the idea of restricting immigration.
  • Anti-Coolie Act

    Anti-Coolie Act
    This act was to limit immigration by Chinese railroad workers.
  • Homestead Act

    Homestead Act
    The Homestead Act provided for places of residence for the poor and the immigrants. One had to move to a piece of land, live there for five years and improve it. The land was free or very cheap. It brought a whole new wave of immigrants to the United States.
  • The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad

    The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad
    The transcontinental railroad was built mostly by Chinese and Irish immigrants.
  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    Chinese Exclusion Act
    This act made it so no Chinese immigrants were allowed to enter America. It was enforced for ten years.
  • Immigration Act of 1882

    Immigration Act of 1882
    This act made immigrants pay fifty cents per person. Several groups were deemed inelegible and no lunitics were allowed into the country.
  • Statue of Liberty is Dedicated

    Statue of Liberty is Dedicated
    The Statue of Liberty is finished and unvailed to the public.
  • Anarchist Exclusion Act

    Anarchist Exclusion Act
    Immigrants that the workers at Angel and Ellis Island deemed anarchists were stopped and sent back to their country.
  • Expatriation Act

    Expatriation Act
    All American women that married immigrants lost their citizenship to help prevent immigrants becoming citizens.
  • Immigration Act of 1917

    Immigration Act of 1917
    This act added the literary requirement to immigrate into the United States.
  • Jones-Shafroth Act

    Jones-Shafroth Act
    People in the United States territory of Puerto Rico who wanted to be citizens had to join the militarty.
  • Emergency Quota Act

    Emergency Quota Act
    This act limited immigration to three percent of what it was during 1920.
  • Alien Registration Act

    Alien Registration Act
    People recognize this act as the green card legislation.
  • McCarran-Walter Act

    McCarran-Walter Act
    This created a preference system for immigrants. It gave the priority to those with family members already in America and to those with specific skill, such as scientists.
  • Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965

    Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965
    This added new restrictions on immigration from Mexico.
  • Immigration and Reform Control Act

    Immigration and Reform Control Act
    This made it illegal to hire an illegal alien in the United States.
  • Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act

    Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act
    This strengthened border enforcement. It also stated that if someone wasn't a citizen, then they didn't recieve benefits.
  • U.S.A. PATRIOT Act

    U.S.A. PATRIOT Act
    Due to 9/11, restrictions were added on immigration fromeverywhere. It created a Department of Homeland Security adn increased border control. It also made it a requirment to have one's passport machine readable.
  • REAL ID Act

    REAL ID Act
    This rquires standardized ID cards or state driver's liscences for citizen identification.
  • Arizona Immigration Law

    Arizona Immigration Law
    This criminalizes being and illegal alien in Arizona, and makes it so the Arizona police force is responsible for enforcing this law.