Immigration Act of March 4, 1929 (45 Statutes-at-Large 1551)


Fish Act of February 18, 1931 (46 Statutes-at-Large 1171)

Provided for the deportation of any alien convicted of violation of U.S. laws concerning the importation, exportation, manufacture, or sale of heroin, opium, or coca leaves.

Immigration Act of July 11, 1932 (47 Statutes-at-Large 656)

Provided exemption from quota limits (i.e., give nonquota status) the husbands of American citizens, provided that the marriage occurred prior to issuance of the visa and prior to July 1, 1932. Wives of citizens were accorded nonquota status regardless of the time of marriage.

Immigration Act of May 14, 1937 (50 Statutes-at-Large 164)

Made deportable any alien who at any time after entering the United States:

Alien Registration Act of June 28, 1940 (54 Statutes-at-Large 670)


Public Safety Act of June 20, 1941 (55 Statutes-at-Large 252)

Directed a consular officer to refuse a visa to any alien seeking to enter the United States for the purpose of engaging in activities which would endanger the safety of the United States.

Act of June 21, 1941 (55 Statutes-at-Large 252)

Extended the Act of May 22, 1918——gave the President power, during a time of national emergency or war, to prevent departure from or entry into the United States.

Act of April 29, 1943 (57 Statutes-at-Large 70)

Provided for the importation of temporary agricultural laborers to the United States from North, South, and Central America to aid agriculture during World War II. This program was later extended through 1947, then served as the legal basis of the Mexican ""Bracero Program,"" which lasted through 1964.

Act of December 17, 1943 (57 Statutes-at-Large 600)

Amended the Alien Registration Act of 1940, adding to the classes eligible for naturalization Chinese persons or persons of Chinese descent. A quota of 105 per year was established (effectively repealing the Chinese Exclusion laws).

War Brides Act of December 28, 1945 (59 Statutes-at-Large 659)

Waived visa requirements and provisions of immigration law excluding physical and mental defectives when they concerned members of the American armed forces who, during World War II, had married nationals of foreign countries.

G.I. Fiancees Act of June 29, 1946 (60 Statutes-at-Large 339)

Facilitated the admission to the United States of fiance(e)s of members of the American armed forces.

Displaced Persons Act of June 25, 1948 (62 Statutes-at-Large 1009)

First expression of U.S. policy for admitting persons fleeing persecution. Permitted the admission of up to 205,000 displaced persons during the two-year period beginning July 1, 1948 (chargeable against future year’’s quotas). Aimed at reducing the problem created by the presence in Germany, Austria, and Italy of more than one million displaced persons.