Timeline of U.S. Immigration Policy
|1790||Federal government establishes a two-year residency requirement for citizenship.|
|1875||First exclusionary act bars convicts, prostitutes, and Chinese contract laborers from entry into the United States.|
|1882||In the first significant restriction on free immigration in U.S. history, the Chinese Exclusion Act excludes Chinese laborers from entry for 10 years. Chinese non-laborers wishing to immigrate must obtain a certificate from the Chinese government.|
|1885||Contract laborers' entry barred.|
|1891||Paupers, polygamists, and persons with contagious diseases are excluded from entry to the United States.|
|1903||Additional categories of persons excluded, including anarchists.|
|1904||Congress indefinitely extends the provisions of the Chinese Exclusion Act.|
|1907||Additional categories of persons excluded, including the feebleminded, those with tuberculosis, persons with physical or mental defects, and persons under age 16 without parents.|
|1907||[Gentleman's agreement] between United States and Japan curtails Japanese immigration.|
|1917||All Asians banned from entry. Literacy test introduced.|
|1921||Quota Act sets an annual immigration ceiling at 350,000, and establishes a new nationality quota designed to restrict immigration from eastern and southern Europe.|
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Publication information: Book title: Using Deliberative Techniques to Teach United States History. Contributors: Eleanora Von Dehsen - Author, Nancy Claxton - Author. Publisher: International Debate Education Association. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2009. Page number: 118.
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