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Laws In America That Discriminated Immigrants

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The Unites States has had many discriminatory laws. The first immigration laws in the U.S.  excluded Asians, non English speaking people, Eastern Europeans, homosexuals, and other  “undesirables”. This is surprising to many today since America is considered as a “melting pot of  diversity”.   China  America excluded Asians the most, and more specifically Chinese immigrants. This  discrimination towards the Chinese and other Southeast Asians was a result of the Yellow Peril.  The Yellow Peril was the fear of “danger” that eastern Asians could start in western countries in  ...view middle of the document...

 The Chinese Exclusion Act was essentially the  birth of illegal immigrants In the U.S. This restrained laborers from entering the United States for  a total of 10 years and constrained Chinese naturalization. Since Chinese immigrants could be  determined as illegal immigrants deportation operations were created. The main point of the  Chinese Exclusion Act was mostly a response to racism and tension from aggression from  cheap labor.   Finally the Alien Contract Labor Law of 1885 outlawed contract laborers from entering the  United States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. As the textile industry decreased so  did the need for cheap labor, so more laws were acted out to distress contracted workers. This  greatly affected Chinese migrants and immigrants because a large majority of contracted  laborers were from China. It was enacted to decrease immigration and raise the rate of skilled  workers obtaining jobs in the workplace.   I think the best time for Chinese immigrants to come to America during this period would be  anytime before the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed, because you would most likely be  allowed into the United States and you'd be able to find work from the Gold Rush, working on  railroads, or building irrigation systems. Then you would at least build a home and start a family  and be able to support them.   Japan 
Just like the Chinese, Japanese immigrants were also victims of discrimination from the Yellow  Peril. Because of Japan’s triumph over Russia in the Russo­Japanese War and later on the  annexation of Manchuria and the Invasion of China, uneasy feelings started to sprout and  became deep rooted especially in the western U.S.   The Immigration Act of 1917 had been vetoed three times, when it was vetoed the third time by  Woodrow Wilson congress overrode the veto. This law stated that anyone illiterate over the age  of 16, beggars, homosexuals,anyone with a contagious disease, people with physical disabilities  were banned from immigrating into the United States. It also created the Asiatic Barred Zone  which was “Any country not owned by the U.S. adjacent to the continent of Asia, along specified  longitudes and latitudes were restricted from immigrating.” (Tucker and Crellar par. 3). This  prevented Japanese immigrants from entering America.   Japanese immigrants also got the right of owning property taken away by the California Alien  Land Law of 1920. This continued the California Land Law of 1913 by closing loopholes and ...

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