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The Alien and Sedition Acts were

A

an attempt to prevent English immigrants and citizens from trying to overthrow the US government.

B

the first effort by the US government to define what citizenship was and lay down penalties for illegal immigration.

C

actually an attempt to stifle criticism of the Federalist Party and shut off support for the Democratic-Republicans.

D

declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court due to their obvious infringement on First Amendment rights.

E

vetoed by John Adams but overridden by Federalist super-majorities in Congress.

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