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Post by 8DonCo Sat May 06, 2023 9:02 am

On this day 141 years ago, a new law began reshaping America. More than a century later, Congress apologized for it

On May 6, 1882, President Chester Arthur signed a law that reshaped America. More than a century later, Congress formally apologized for it.

The Chinese Exclusion Act blocked Chinese workers from coming legally to the country, and blocked Chinese immigrants who were already living here from becoming US citizens. The Library of Congress calls it the “first significant restriction on free immigration in U.S. history.”

The Chinese Exclusion Act paved the way for further immigration restrictions.

“The Chinese-exclusion laws were subsequently extended to people from the Philippines, India, and Japan (indeed, an entire ‘barred Asiatic zone’ was established in 1917), lumping different national-origin groups into a single racial category, the ‘Asiatic,’” Ngai writes.

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