Aliens Act 1793

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Aliens Act 1793
Long title An act for establishing regulations respecting aliens arriving in this kingdom, or resident therein, in certain cases
Chapter 33 Geo. III c. 4
Status: Repealed
Text of statute as originally enacted

The Aliens Act 1793 (33 Geo. III c. 4) was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain regulating immigration into the country. The Act, inspired by a sharp increase in refugees from the French Revolution seeking asylum in Great Britain, required that aliens be recorded upon arrival and to register with the local justice of the peace.[1] It further held that violators of the act could be held without bail or mainprise, either to be deported or as punishment, a provision that caused critics to decry it as a suspension of habeas corpus; indeed, its sponsor in Parliament had earlier called it "a bill for suspending the Habeas Corpus Act, as far as it should relate to the persons of foreigners."[2]


  1. ^ Alien registration
  2. ^ Paul Halliday, Habeas Corpus: From England to Empire (Cambrdige, MA: Belknap Press, 2010), 255–56.

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