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DBQ: The Alien and Sedition Acts "Although the Alien and Sedition Acts, created in 1798, spurred great dispute, they were created under constitutional guidelines. The acts helped to protect the government of the United States from potential threat." Using the documents and your knowledge of the period, evaluate this statement. Document A Source: Thomas Jefferson, Draft of Kentucky Resolutions, 1798. Although Congress passed for bills known as the Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798 intending to help protect the government of the united states from potential threats, they did not truly protect Americans from their foreign enemies. There were many controversies that developed around and because of these acts. The Alien Acts had three parts. The first part stated that you had to live on U.S. soil for at least fourteen years in oder to become a citizen. This made it harder for foreighners to become citizens.The second part stated that the President had power to deport all aliens that he thought dangerous to the peace and safety of the United States. The third part to this act stated that the United States could restrain and remove all adult aliens of the hostile nation in a time of war. Document B Source: Bill of Rights, Amendment I. One of the many underlying issues that brought about the debate over the Alien and sedition acts was immigration. The immigrants that came to America usually sided with the Democratic-Republican Party. Because of this, part of the Alien and Sedition Acts was the Naturalization Act. This increased the number of years required for immigrants to qualify for U.S citizens from 5 years to 14 years. The federalists adopted these laws because they wanted to stay in power, and since they were aware of the fact that many of the immigrants would vote for their opposing party, this act ensured that they couldn’t vote. George Washington
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