The Chinese Exclusion Act Of 1924

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The United States is a nation that originated from immigrants. Many people have viewed the United States as a land of hope and freedom; but, it was exclusive and granted those rights to particular people. In the past, Congress had passed immigration policies that were restrictive because they excluded certain races and ethnicities while permitting others entrance to the United States. The Chinese Exclusion Acts and the Immigration Act of 1924 are two examples that restricted specific types of people from entering the United States. These two acts along with the Bracero Program and Immigration Act of 1965 helped to mold and shape the United States immigration policy today. In 1882, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act. This act prohibited Chinese laborers from immigrating to the United States for ten years and barred all Chinese immigrants from nationalized citizenship. The act also had a class bias because it exempted people such as merchants, diplomats, and teachers from the exclusion mentioned in Lee’s article “The Chinese Exclusion Example.” This act had a profound impact on the United States in which it will influence future laws such as the Immigration Act of 1924. The Chinese Exclusion Act was the initial significant restriction immigration law in the United States, and it was also the first to restrict a group of immigrants based upon their race and class. It also provided the legal structure for twentieth-century American immigration policy because it transformed the way Americans would view race, immigration, and the United States identity as an immigrant nation. Lee also mentioned that the document led the government to legalize and reinforce the need to restrict, exclude, and deport undesirable immigrants. Gate... ... middle of paper ... ...nite families and encouraged more people to immigrate to the United States. Through this act, about 59 million people have arrived in the United States from 1965 to 2013 (Pew Research Center, pg.1). Pew Research Center also stated that “the new law emphasized visas for family and employment categories, but exempted spouses, parents, and minor children of U.S. citizens from those visa limits.” This was a positive attribute because the remaining visas now are for their relatives who already lived here in which shows the act mainly emphasized on family reunification. All these immigration policies have had a profound impact and influence in the United States and on one another. Immigration policies in the United States were restrictive because of race; however, the passage of the 1965 Immigration Act greatly changed all that, reshaping Americans views on immigration.

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