This Day in Jewish History 1905: As Eastern European Jews Pour In, U.K. Enacts 'Aliens Act'

The word 'Jew' isn't in the act, but the timing of the railing against 'dirty, destitute, diseased, verminous and criminal' foreigners is suspect.

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On August 11, 1905, the United Kingdom enacted the British Aliens Act, the first time the country imposed restrictions on immigration, after it had always basically been open to all comers.