Anniversary Of The Racist Chinese Exclusion Act Of 1882

 In Social Commentary

135 years ago today the US shamefully passed the Chinese Exclusion Act that banned Chinese immigrant laborers from coming to this country. Sound familiar?

Here’s the preamble to the Chinese Exclusion Act, signed by President Chester Arthur, May 6, 1882. This racist law was not repealed for 60 years. Read it and weep:

“Preamble. Whereas, in the opinion of the Government of the United States the coming of Chinese laborers to this country endangers the good order of certain localities within the territory thereof:

“Therefore,
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That from and after the expiration of ninety days next after the passage of this act, and until the expiration of ten years next after the passage of this act, the coming of Chinese laborers to the United States be, and the same is hereby, suspended; and during such suspension it shall not be lawful for any Chinese laborer to come, or, having so come after the expiration of said ninety days, to remain within the United States.”

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