When did immigration become illegal?

America is an immigrant nation. Right? We have the Statue of Liberty proudly declaring, “give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…”

Since the statue was erected in 1776, I think we can all agree that a lot has changed.

But when did those changes happen?

Did America ever have an open door policy?

Are debates about immigration a contemporary issue?

In order to answer those questions, I went through the history of American immigration. This started in the late 1500’s.

What follows is a brief timeline of when, how, and why American immigration became illegal.

Here we go.

Rose White·
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