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They were passed by the federalists and signed into law by President John Adams in 1798
It's purpose was to strengthen national security, although critics argued that it suppressed voters who disagreed with the Federalist party
It was unpopular because newcomers to the United States to become citizens
The president was given the powers to imprison and deport aliens that were considered dangerous to the United states.
The Alien Enemy Act
The Sedition Act
It was unpopular because it violated the right of free speech
Third President of the United States
Second President of the United States
The Alien and Sedition Acts were allowed to expire in 1801 and 1800 respectively. The Alien Enemies Act remains in effect as 50 USC Section 21-24
It was used in World War II to detain and deport Japanese, German, Italian and other Axis nation citizens living in the United States