Last updated on: 8/21/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Historical Timeline

– NEW: Historical Timeline – History of Legal and Illegal Immigration to the United States – Read about: English colonial immigration to America starting in 1607; the 50,000 slaves who were considered the first illegal immigrants to the US; the Anarchist Exclusion Act of 1903 which kept out immigrants based on their political ideology; the 1892 opening and 1954 closing of Ellis Island; the 2006 Secure Fence Act which authorized a 700+ mile long fence along the US-Mexico border, and many more major pieces of immigration history in America.