What did the Alien and Sedition Acts do?

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Jun 29, 2016


The Alien and Sedition Acts were a series of laws targeted against immigrants and made it more difficult for them to become a citizen. It also made it easier to deport them.


The acts were passed by Congress in 1798, and later signed by the then-President John Adams. It raised the necessary time to reside in the United States from 5 to 14 year for an immigrant to become a citizen and vote. The numerous laws behind the act required fines, imprisonment, and expulsion of "aliens", although not all of these were enforced.