Alien and Sedition Acts Law and Legal Definition

Alien and Sedition Acts are four acts passed in 1798 designed to curb criticism of the federal government. It was adopted during a period of conflict with France, the acts lengthened the period before an immigrant could obtain citizenship. It gave the president power to deport dangerous aliens, and provided for the prosecution of those who wrote "false, scandalous and malicious" writings against the U.S. government.