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As Irish Immigration in America was rising due to the potato famine, a thing called nativism was occurring. Nativism was the defense of native-born people(Americans), but hostility to the foreign born(Irish). Nativists were racist and claimed that the Irish were stealing jobs from the native labor force.

So, the Native American Party(no affliction with Indians) rose up to challenge this "alien menace." There were also known as the Know-Nothings. They didn't really do much damage and subsided as the Whigs came to power. I believe no laws were passed. All this was happening during Jackson's presidency.

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