Many countries have had more than their fair share of struggle over immigration. The United States specifically, being a country that attracts many dreamers, has had a very large number of immigration-related acts and laws in order to control its intake of foreigners. Before the writing of the Constitution, there really were not any laws or stipulations as to a naturalization process, if there were to be some at all. At that time, the nation was still growing its small population of a single demography.
Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4 of the US constitution defined the power of congress to set a uniform rule of naturalization ("Constitution Article 1"). This was soon followed by the Naturalization Act of 1790, which gave the first official rules for who could be naturalized. The act itself stipulated that:
This act was not the first nor the last immigration regulation; however, it could possibly be considered the first to be both very limiting and very biased.
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