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July 4, 1864 – First Congressional Attempt to Centralize Immigration Control; A Commissioner of Immigration Is Appointed by the US President

“First Congressional attempt to centralize control of immigration.
a. A Commissioner of Immigration was appointed by the President to serve under the authority of the Secretary of State.
b. Authorized immigrant labor contracts whereby would-be immigrants would pledge their wages to pay for transportation.”