HTML _ 98-918 - Immigration Fundamentals
15-Sep-1999; Joyce Vialet; 2 p.

Abstract: Key Definitions. Immigration to the United States is regulated by Federal law. The basic U.S. law, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), was enacted in 1952 and significantly amended since, most recently by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. The INA defines an alien as ?any person not a citizen or national of the United States,? and sets forth the conditions under which aliens may enter the United States. The term alien is synonymous with noncitizen. It includes aliens who are here legally, as well as aliens who are here illegally, in violation of the INA. [read report]

Topics: Population

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