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The growth of the US immigration system

1790: The US Naturalization Act provided the first guidelines for the granting of US citizenship.

1798: Congress enacted the first measures to allow for the detention and deportation of noncitizens. The Alien and Sedition Acts permitted deportation of any noncitizen considered dangerous to the peace and safety of the United States or whose home country was at war with the United States. The acts, passed when the United States was on the brink of war with France, also criminalized any malicious criticism of the US government.

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