Undocumented Aliens: Finding a Place to Stand After September 11

Presented by T. Mills Fleming at the ICJE Annual Seminar in St. Simons Island, Georgia, in 2002.

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Nuts and Bolts of Immigration Law

Presented by T. Mills Fleming at the East Georgia College Foundation, Georgia Rural Economic Development Center in 2001.

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Immigration Basics: What Every Health Care Provider Needs to Know

Presented by T. Mills Fleming at the Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys 2001 Healthcare Law Update and Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 4, 2001.

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Undocumented Alien Claims: Finding a Place to Stand

Presented at the ICLE Workers’ Compensation Judges Annual Seminar in Jekyll Island, Georgia, on April 2, 2001, by T. Mills Fleming.

The United States’ immigration policies have changed dramatically over the last 200 years from being a virtual open door to now being a tightly controlled and highly regulated set of rules and regulations. The first law limiting immigration was the Alien Act of 1798 wherein the president was authorized to expel any alien he deemed dangerous. From that time until the later part of the 19th century, Congress passed very little laws restricting immigrant flow to the U.S.

Beginning in 1875 Congress passed several immigration reform measures beginning with a statute providing for the exclusion of convicts and prostitutes. That law was followed by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 which provided for the exclusion of persons from China – and was not repealed until 1943. Congress passed other laws to exclude cheap foreign labor and in 1888 provided for the deportation of aliens entering in violation of these contract labor laws.

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