10 Major U.S. Federal Immigration Laws (PHOTOS)

04/03/2012 07:56 am ET | Updated Apr 09, 2012

Last week, Politico honored the anniversary of our nation’s first immigration law, the Naturalization Act of 1790.

What was required of foreign-born persons who wanted to become citizens of our new nation? You had to be “a free white person” of “good moral character.”

Since then, federal immigration laws have evolved. Certainly not created in a vacuum, these laws are partially products of their social environments, and tell us a lot about the times in which they were created.

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10 Major U.S. Federal Immigration Laws

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