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The debate over the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 revealed bitter controversies on a number of issues Immigration was a major issue of debate in congress over the Alien Acts The Nation was afraid of losing its culture to the pouring in of thousands of other nations With the overwhelming number of immigrants many officials felt official action needed to be taken The war between France and England created controversy because parties from the same nation sided with different countries Nationalism was one thing that the United States had a great lack of and for the two major political parties of America to not side together tore our nation apart Partisanship was heavily argued over in every issue and separately The Democratic and Federalist Factions were both responsible for the Alien and Sedition Acts neither side would ever back down no matter what was best for the country The insecurity of the two political parties was a large result in the destructive force of the two factions If the two parties were more focused on the nation than on each other the sedition acts would not have had to have been prescribed to control the disenfranchised The Alien acts were an important factor in judging the true character of the Federalist Party It was effortless to see what was important to the Federalist Party because they acted in their best interests instead of the countries Immigration was a primary component in the war between Federalists and Democrats The Alien Laws themselves required a fourteen-year period for aliens prior to naturalization as a citizen gave the President power to deport all such aliens as he shall judge dangerous to the peace and safety of the United States and allowed the restraint and removal in time of war of resident adult aliens of the hostile nation The 1798 Acts passed by Congress were simply weapons of the Federalist Party The true purpose of the Alien
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