Immigration in America: A history

Published: Aug 06 2014 10:11:46 AM EDT   Updated On: Nov 30 2014 08:01:50 PM EST

With the president set to unveil a major immigration plan tonight, look back at the tumultuous history of this issue in America.

Immigration History - Naturalization Act
1 / 14
Public Domain

1795 -- The Naturalization Act restricts U.S. citizenship to "free white persons" who live in America for at least five years and renounce their allegiance to their former country.

Advertisement

Most Viewed on WFMZ.com

Advertisement
 

Slideshow Of The Day

  • Earthquake in Nepal 12

    Omar Havana/Getty Images

    Earthquake kills hundreds in Nepal

    A 7.8 magnitude earthquake centered less than 50 miles from Kathmandu rocked Nepal with devastating force early Saturday, killing at least 1,400 people -- and probably more -- in Nepal's capital city, authorities said. 

On this Day

  • Hubble Space Telescope launch, 1990

    NASA/IMAX

    On this day: April 25

    The guillotine is first used, American and Soviet troops cut Nazi Germany in two, a U.S. Navy submarine completes the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe, and the Hubble Space Telescope is launched, all on this day.