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Foreign-born persons who have not been naturalized to become U.S. citizens under federal law and the Constitution.

Much of U.S. immigration relates to policies and law related to the legal status of aliens within the country.

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The federal immigration laws determine whether a person is an alien. Generally, a person born in a foreign country is an alien, but a child born in a foreign nation to parents who are U.S. citizens is a U.S. citizen. The term alien also refers to a native-born U.S. citizen who has relinquished U.S. citizenship by living and acquiring citizenship in another country. Aliens are categorized in several ways: resident and nonresident, immigrant and nonimmigrant, documented and undocumented ("illegal").

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