Immigration Act of 1917
The Immigration Act of 1917 (also known as the Literacy Act and less often as the Asiatic Barred Zone Act) was a United States Act that aimed to restrict immigration by imposing literacy tests on immigrants, creating new categories of inadmissible persons, and barring immigration from the Asia-Pacific zone. The most sweeping immigration act the United States had passed until that time, it followed the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 in marking a turn toward nativism. The 1917 act governed immigration policy until it was amended by the Immigration Act of 1924; both acts were revised by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952.
|Other short titles||Asiatic Barred Zone Act|
|Long title||An Act to regulate the immigration of aliens to, and the residence of aliens in, the United States.|
|Enacted by||the 64th United States Congress|
|Public law||Pub.L. 64–301|
|Statutes at Large||39 Stat. 874|