United States immigration legislation and regulations

Immigration Marriage Fraud Amendments Published: March 14, 2011
Amending the MCCARRAN-WALTER IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION ACT (1952), the Immigration Marriage Fraud Amendments of 1986 specified a two-year residency requirement for alien spouses and children before obtaining permanent resident status.
Welfare Reform Act (United States) (1996) Published: March 6, 2011
More formally the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, the Welfare Reform Act reflected the anti-immigrant mood of the 1990s and frustration over the mounting costs of providing social services to both citizens and immigrants.
War Brides Act (Act of December 28, 1945) (1945) Published: March 6, 2011
The War Brides Act was the first of several related measures to allow United States soldiers to bring their alien brides and families into the United States following World War II (1941–45).
Voting Rights Act (United States) (1965) Published: March 3, 2011
The Voting Rights Act, passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on August 6, 1965, suspended literacy tests and nationally prohibited abridgment of the right to vote based on race or color.
Tydings-McDuffie Act (United States) (1934) Published: March 1, 2011
The Tydings-McDuffie Act grew out of widespread opposition, particularly in California, to the rapid influx of Filipino agricultural laborers after annexation of the islands following the Spanish-American War in 1898.
Scott Act (United States) (1888) Published: February 27, 2011
In response to growing antagonism toward immigrants generally and Chinese immigrants specifically, Pennsylvania representative William Scott, a Democrat, introduced legislation to extend restrictions embodied in the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882).
Refugee Relief Act (United States) (1953) Published: February 26, 2011
Enacted on August 7, 1953, the Refugee Relief Act (RRA) authorized the granting of 205,000 special nonquota visas apportioned to individuals in three classes, along with accompanying members of their immediate family...
Refugee Act (United States) (1980) Published: February 26, 2011
The Refugee Act of 1980 formed the basis of refugee policy in the United States until 1996.
Page Act (United States) (1875) Published: February 24, 2011
The Page Act was the first piece of American legislation to attempt to directly regulate immigration.
Oriental Exclusion Act (United States) (1924) Published: February 24, 2011
The Oriental Exclusion Act, actually a special provision of the Johnson-Reed Act of 1924, excluded immigrants who were ineligible for U.S. citizenship from entrance to the United States, even at the new ethnic-based, lower levels.
Naturalization Acts (United States) (1790, 1795) Published: February 23, 2011
The Naturalization Act of 1790 was the first piece of U.S. federal legislation regarding immigration.
Naturalization Act (United States) (1802) Published: February 23, 2011
When Thomas Jefferson became president, there was a relaxation of the hostility toward immigrants that had prevailed during the administration of John Adams (1797–1801).
McCarran-Walter Act (Immigration and Nationality Act) (United States) (1952) Published: February 22, 2011
The McCarran-Walter Act was an attempt to deal systematically with the concurrent cold war threat of communist expansion and the worldwide movement of peoples in the wake of World War II (1939–45).
Mann Act (United States) (1910) Published: February 22, 2011
Usually characterized as a kind of purity legislation against the interstate transportation of women for prostitution or “other immoral purposes,” the Mann Act was equally aimed at the increasing number of immigrants, averaging almost 900,000 per year in the first decade of the 20th century.
Manifest of Immigrants Act (United States) (1819) Published: February 22, 2011
The Manifest of Immigrants Act was the first piece of U.S. legislation regulating the transportation of migrants to and from America and the first measure requiring that immigration statistics be kept.
Johnson-Reed Act (United States) (1924) Published: February 21, 2011
Making permanent the principle of national origin quotas, the Johnson-Reed Act served as the basis for U.S. immigration policy until the MCCARRAN-WALTER IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION ACT (1952).
Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) (United States) (1986) Published: February 17, 2011
In the wake of massive refugee crises in Southeast Asia and Cuba, in 1981, a Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy recommended to the U.S. Congress that undocumented aliens be granted amnesty and that sanctions be imposed on employers who hired undocumented workers.
Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Published: February 17, 2011
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) of 1965 marked a dramatic change in American immigration policy, abandoning the concept of national quotas and establishing the basis for extensive immigration from the developing world.
Immigration Act (United States) (1990) Published: February 16, 2011
The Immigration Act of 1990 was the first major revision of U.S. immigration policy since the Immigration and Nationality Act (1965), which had been passed in the midst of the cold war.
Immigration Act (Literacy Act) (United States) (1917) Published: February 16, 2011
The Immigration Act of 1917, popularly known as the Literacy Act, marked a turning point in American immigration legislation.
Immigration Act (United States) (1907) Published: February 16, 2011
Both the general increase in the number of immigrants and the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901 fueled a growing nativism in the United States and in Congress during the first decade of the 20th century.
Immigration Act (United States) (1903) Published: February 16, 2011
In the wake of the assassination of President William McKinley by anarchist Leon Czolgosz in 1901, Congress began a thorough review of American immigration policy.
Immigration Act (United States) (1882) Published: February 16, 2011
Responding to dozens of petitions from states worried about the maintenance of indigent immigrants, Congress expanded the exclusion precedent set in the Page Act of 1875.
Immigration Act (United States) (1864) Published: February 16, 2011
The 1864 Immigration Act was designed to increase the flow of laborers to the United States during the disruptions of the Civil War (1861–65).
Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) Published: February 16, 2011
As part of a 1996 initiative to curb illegal immigration, the U.S. Congress passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA).
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