Illegal immigration Published: January 30, 2012

Illegal immigrationAlthough a self-professed nation of immigrants, the United States has historically shown ambivalence toward newcomers who enter the country illegally.

Espionage and Sedition Acts of 1917-1918 Published: October 18, 2011

Enacted soon after the United States entered World War I in 1917, the Espionage Act prohibited individuals from expressing or publishing opinions that would interfere with the U.S. military’s efforts to defeat Germany and its allies.

Drug trafficking Published: October 4, 2011

Drug trafficking and immigration are strongly correlated because most of the illegal drugs that enter the United States originate outside the country.

Deportation Published: October 3, 2011

Deportation power gives the federal government a tool to remove immigrants who enter the United States in violation of immigration law or violate standards of behavior, as outlined in immigration law, after lawful entry into the country.

Criminal immigrants Published: September 30, 2011

Over time the federal government has passed numerous laws and increased enforcement efforts to thwart the entry of criminal immigrants and to make it easier to deport alien criminals who are in the country, including those who have committed their crimes after arriving. 

Crime Published: September 30, 2011

The development of organized criminal activities among certain ethnic groups has perpetuated the notion that undesirable elements of society have been disproportionately represented among new immigrant populations in the United States.

Chinese secret societies Published: September 22, 2011

The secret societies founded in China several centuries ago to combat unjust rulers often turned to criminality. During the mid-nineteenth century, following the discovery of gold in California, many members of these societies emigrated to the United States.