1798

Four Alien and Sedition Acts were passed in 1798. The Naturalization Act increased the waiting period for citizenship. The Alien Act gave the president the power to arrest and deport aliens. The Alien Enemy Act allowed the government to arrest and deport citizens of countries at war with the United States. The Sedition Act stifled opposition to the government and promised to punish those who would “defame [the government and members of the government], or bring either into contempt or disrepute, or to excite against either the hatred of the people of the United States.”

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