2. Getting Started on American Immigration Laws


What is Immigration Law?
Immigration law which established by the federal government are the rules to determine who are allowed to enter the country on a given period of time and who are prohibited to enter without permission. Actually, the immigration law inspires people’s desire of becoming U.S. citizens.

The U.S. Congress is granted by U.S. Constitution to legislate immigration law. There are three federal agencies are responsible for immigration laws’ administration and enforcement. They are Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who investigates law violent people; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) who deals with legal immigration applications and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) whose accountability is to secure borders’ safety.

Highlights of Immigration Laws in United State

  • Naturalization Act of 1798

Passed by Congress  in 1798, clarified time scale for immigrants to become naturalized citizens in the United States

  • Page Act of 1875

The first restrictive fe federal immigration law  that forbade “undesirable” people to enter America

  • Chinese Exclusion Act

It was signed by President Chester A. Arthur  in 1882 for the purpose of prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers.

  • Immigration Act

In 1981, it was the first comprehensive immigration laws in America. Later, it became the national origin quota system in 1924.

  • Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986

Increased borders security over immigration to America

  • Real ID Act

In 2005, federal government modified and set standards for state driver’s licenses or ID cards

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