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U.S. Constitution – Article 1 Section 9

Article 1 – The Legislative Branch
Section 9 – Limits on Congress

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The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the
States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the
Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a tax or
duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each

The privilege of the Writ of Habeas
shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or
Invasion the public Safety may require it.

No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.

(No capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless
in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration
herein before directed to be taken.)
(Section in parentheses clarified
by the 16th Amendment.)

No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.

No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to
the Ports of one State over those of another: nor shall Vessels bound to, or
from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another.

No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of
Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the
Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to

No Title of Nobility shall be granted
by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under
them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind
whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State.

Notes for this section:
FAQ: What can’t Congress do?
FAQ: What is habeas corpus?
16th Amendment

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