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When Crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border Was Not a Crime

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Congress first invented the crimes of unlawful entry and reentry with the purpose of criminalizing and imprisoning Mexican immigrants. Photo by Jonathan McIntosh / Flickr.

Congress first invented the crimes of unlawful entry and reentry with the purpose of criminalizing and imprisoning Mexican immigrants.
Photo by Jonathan McIntosh / Flickr.

May 23, 2017

Kelly Lytle Hernandez

Courtesy of YES! Magazine

It was not always a crime to enter the United States without authorization.

In fact, for most of American history, immigrants could enter the United States without official permission and not fear criminal prosecution by the federal government.

That changed in 1929. When Crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border Was Not a Crime

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