Pop quiz. Who where the first "illegal aliens"?
#40 | Posted by donnerboy
Extra credit for understanding how they became "illegal".
#41 | Posted by donnerboy
The origins of illegal immigration date to the late nineteenth century. In 1875, a federal law was passed which prohibited entry of convicts and prostitutes. In 1882 President Chester A. Arthur banned almost all Chinese immigration to the United States, and shortly thereafter barred paupers, criminals and the mentally ill from entering. Although this affected only a small percentage of immigrants, there were now distinctions between legal and illegal immigration. Before this, immigration was barely regulated.