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The United States Bars Chinese Immigrants (with text supports)

The Chinese Exclusion Act, passed on May 6, 1882, was the first major restriction placed on immigration in the U.S., and the only immigration law that explicitly barred a specific group from entering the country. The Exclusion Act forbade Chinese "skilled and unskilled laborers" from entering the U.S. for a period of ten years, required Chinese who left the country to gain certifications for reentry, and prevented Chinese already in the U.S. from becoming citizens. The Act was finally repealed in 1943 by the Magnuson Act, which allowed a quota for a small number of Chinese immigrants each year.

Source | Becoming Historians: Methods for History Education in the Elementary Grades,
Creator | U.S. Congress
Item Type | Laws/Court Cases
Cite This document | U.S. Congress, “The United States Bars Chinese Immigrants (with text supports),” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed October 1, 2023,

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