Alien Sedition Act
Updated: 2/4/2020
Alien Sedition Act

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  • Hello, I am what is the idea of an American citizen. But I am a Republican.
  • But we are both known as the reasons why the Alien and SEdition Acts were put into place.
  • Hello, I am what is known as an alien at this time because I am a non-citizen of America
  • I am a modern day citizen. When I first came to America I was an immagrant. Now I am a legal citizen, and have been for 14 years, I have the right to vote.
  • With this act in place, I have the right to imprison any aliens who have are suspected of threatening activity.
  • Federalists enforced four controversial acts in Congress, known as the Alien and Sedition Acts. These laws were argued about because they were needed as a “protection” against the foreigners who were in danger of threatening the nation. But the true reason for this act was to make life difficult for the Republicans, the Federalists’ rivals.
  • I was imprisoned because I insulted a president in print. What I did was a part of sedition.
  • Three laws of the Alien Acts were targeted towards noncitizens, the aliens in the situation. The first law made immigrants time to wait to have the right to vote 5 to 14 years.
  • The next two acts gave permission to the president to deport or jail the aliens who looked suspicious or suspected of the activities that could threaten the government.
  • The fourth law made sedition a crime, that is why it is known as the Sedition Act. The Republican newspaper editors, who insulted President Adams in print, had the Sedition Act used as a punishment. Under this new law, twenty-five people were arrested, ten of them have been convicted of publishing seditious views.