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Alien and Sedition Acts. History. Passed by Federalists in Congress (1798) In response to an anticipated war with France Federalists saw foreigners as a threat to American security. Impact Angered the Democratic-Republicans. Alien Act Law.

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History
History

  • Passed by Federalists in Congress (1798)

  • In response to an anticipated war with France

  • Federalists saw foreigners as a threat to American security.

    Impact

  • Angered the Democratic-Republicans


Alien act law
Alien Act Law

  • Immigrants must be residents for 14 years instead of 5 years before they became eligible for U.S. citizenship.

  • Gave the President authority to deport aliens "dangerous to the peace and safety of the United States" during peace or wartime.


Sedition act
Sedition Act

  • Prohibited (didn’t allow) public opposition to the government.

  • Fines and jail time could be used against those who "write, print, utter, or publish . . . any false, scandalous and malicious writing" against the government.


Unconstitutional
Unconstitutional?

  • Democratic-Republicans and other Americans argued that these laws violated the Constitution.

  • There was no judicial review by the Supreme Court to declare these laws Unconstitutional.