The Republican minority in Congress complained that the Sedition Act violated the to the Constitution, which protected freedom of speech and the press. But the Federalist majority pushed it through, arguing that English and American courts had long punished seditious libel under common law, and that freedom of speech must be balanced with an individual’s responsibility for false statements. http://www.history.com/topics/alien-and-sedition-acts
Mr. Trump appears to want to reinstate a new type of Asiatic Barred Zone by executive order, but there is just one problem: The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 all discrimination against immigrants on the basis of national origin, replacing the old prejudicial system and giving each country an equal shot at the quotas. In signing the new law, President Lyndon B. Johnson that “the harsh injustice” of the national-origins quota system had been “abolished.”But the president ignores the fact t
When Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986, it authorized two legalization programs, one farm workers and another for long-time residents, and the terms of these programs for the first time made prerequisites to citizenship a requirement for legalization. Prior to adjusting status to a legal one, immigrants were required to provide evidence of facility or instruction in English and a knowledge or evidence of instruction in American history. In this way, 2.7 million former undocument
(a) In furtherance of this policy, the Attorney General and the Secretary, in their discretion and to the extent consistent with law, shall ensure that jurisdictions that willfully refuse to comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373 (sanctuary jurisdictions) are not eligible to receive Federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes by the Attorney General or the Secretary. The Attorney General shall take appropriate enforcement action against any entity that violates 8 U.S.C. 1373, or which has in
The Alien and Sedition Acts were a series of four laws passed by the U.S. Congress in 1798 amid widespread fear that war with France was imminent. The four laws—which remain controversial to this day—restricted the activities of foreign residents in the country and limited freedom of and of the press.