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Immigration Act of 1907
Immigration Act of
1907The Law: Federal legislation
regulating immigration
Date: Signed February 20,
1907
Significance: Cr...
Roosevelt and
Immigration in 1905
Roosevelt calls upon U.S Congress to
increase protection from unwanted
immigration, and ...
Section 39
Section 39 of new law
created the U.S Immigration
Commission (Dillingham
Commission)
Role: to investigate
immig...
Section 39
Commission also
favoured further limiting
immigration via the
implementation of an alien
literacy test, Chinese...
Immigration Act 1907
Act was notable for several innovations
Section 12 required ships with alien passengers
departing the...
Immigration Act 1907
Women also a target of the new law; broadened
definition of prostitutes to include those arriving in ...
Immigration Act of 1907
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Immigration Act of 1907

  1. 1. Immigration Act of 1907
  2. 2. Immigration Act of 1907The Law: Federal legislation regulating immigration Date: Signed February 20, 1907 Significance: Created the Dillingham Commission to collect data used in future immigration laws. further narrowed Asian immigration, limited Muslim immigration and expanded the definition of undesirable women immigrants.
  3. 3. Roosevelt and Immigration in 1905 Roosevelt calls upon U.S Congress to increase protection from unwanted immigration, and systemise earlier legislation Roosevelt and Congress hope to exclude immigrants who would not make good citizens February 1907, Congress passes new act prohibits Asians entering the USA via Hawaii, doubled immigration tax to $4 per person, broadened excludable classes to include contract labour, immoral groups.
  4. 4. Section 39 Section 39 of new law created the U.S Immigration Commission (Dillingham Commission) Role: to investigate immigration problems and their impact upon the nation Provided detail reports to Congress explaining the need to refine immigration; i.e need to put economic interest of U.S citizens above cheap labour.
  5. 5. Section 39 Commission also favoured further limiting immigration via the implementation of an alien literacy test, Chinese exclusion policies and restricting Japanese and Korean immigration. Limiting unskilled aliens and implementing a quota system was also preferred.
  6. 6. Immigration Act 1907 Act was notable for several innovations Section 12 required ships with alien passengers departing the U.S to provide complete lists of their passengers by name, age, sex, nationality, occupation, place of residence in U.S Information gathered through this law provided the first statistical information on alien departures The Act also worked to combat the practice of polygamy and denied entry of polygamists to the nation.
  7. 7. Immigration Act 1907 Women also a target of the new law; broadened definition of prostitutes to include those arriving in the USA for any immoral purposes Could deport women arriving for ‘arranged’ marriages Those who had worked as prostitutes previously also permitted to be deported: this was the first statutory provision authorising deportation based upon criminal conduct with the USA

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