US Congress passed immigration law

On August 3, 1882, Congress passed the 1882 Immigration Act. Under the statute, state-run boards under contract to the US Secretary of the Treasury were to inspect immigrants according to uniform rules. Boards were prohibited from admitting any immigrant found to be a "convict, lunatic, idiot or any person unable to take care of him or herself without becoming a public charge."

Learn more about the history of US immigration policy and the related ongoing legal issues.


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