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Evolution of U.S. Federal Acts and Immigration Laws:1776 to 1952 (offered in Braintree)  

The first statute in the United States to codify naturalization law was the Naturalization Act of 1790, but it was not until 1875 and 1882 that the first federal laws on immigration were passed. Once in place, there began a series of acts and government appropriations—such as funds to build Ellis Island—from 1882 forward to further restrict immigration. The ensuing reactions from both government and society began a proactive movement to institute restrictions. One of the most notable groups was the Immigration Restriction League of 1894, which was founded in Boston. The Acts of Congress between 1875 and 1952 lay bare both reactive and proactive legislation taken during those years.


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