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H. R. 40, Naturalization Bill,...
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H. R. 40, Naturalization Bill, March 4, 1790

This 1790 act set the new nation’s naturalization procedures. It limited access to U.S. citizenship to white immigrants—in effect, to people from Western Europe—who had resided in the U.S. at least two years and their children under 21 years of age. It also granted citizenship to children born abroad to U.S. citizens.

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration