jun 18, 1798 - "Alien and Sedition Acts of 1789"


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Beginning from June 18th to July 14th, the Adam Administration passes the four following acts that become known as the "Alien and Sedition Acts":

> "Naturalization Act" (June 18th) -- increased the period necessary for immigrants to become naturalized citizens in the United States from 5 to 14 years

(Here is a link to an electronic copy of the document: http://legisworks.org/sal/2/stats/STATUTE-2-Pg153a.pdf)

> "Alien Friends Act" (June 25th) -- authorized the president to expel, without a hearing, any alien the president deemed "dangerous to the peace and safety" of the United States or whom the president suspected of "treasonable or secret" inclinations

(Here is a link to an electronic copy of the document: https://www.ourdocuments.gov/document_data/pdf/doc_016.pdf)

> "Alien Enemy Act" (July 6th) -- authorized the president to arrest, imprison, or banish any resident alien hailing from a country against which the United States had declared war

(Here is a link to an electronic copy of the document: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/alien.asp)

> "Sedition Act" (July 18th) -- made it a high misdemeanor, punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both, for citizens or aliens (1) to oppose the execution of federal laws; (2) to prevent a federal officer from performing his or her duties; (3) to aid "any insurrection, riot, unlawful assembly, or combination"; or (4) to make any defamatory statement about the federal government or the president

(Here is a link to an electronic copy of the document: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/sedact.asp)

"Alien Friends Act." West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. 2008. The Gale Group

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