Covering all major laws since 1790, this volume shows the impact of congressional immigration laws on Asian Americans.
With California's passage of the Save Our State Initiative in 1994, fear of aliens has once again appeared in U.S. legislative history. Since 1790, congressional legislation on federal immigration and naturalization policy has been harsh on Asian immigrants, although less so since 1965. This documentary history covers all major immigration laws passed by Congress since 1790. The volume opens with an overview of the basis on which Congress has restricted Asian immigration. It then includes discussions of particular immigration legislation, showing the significance to Asian Americans and the documents themselves.
With California's passage of the Save Our State Initiative in November 1994, fear of aliens has once again appeared in U.S. legislative history. Since 1790, congressional legislation establishing federal immigration and naturalization policy has been particularly harsh on Asian immigrants. Although Congress has been less hostile to Asian immigration since 1965, there was a renewed effort to limit immigration from Asia as recently as 1989, and the restrictive national mood will undoubtedly find its way into the 1996 elections. Showing the impact of immigration laws on Asian immigrants, this documentary history covers all major immigration laws passed by Congress since 1790.
The volume's opening chapter points to three major theses—that initially Congress restricted and excluded Asian immigration on the basis of its traditional policy of denying citizenship to nonwhite people, that Congress denied Asians entry to the U.S. on the grounds that their culture made them incompatible with Americans, and that Congress passed laws treating each of the Asian ethnic groups as a racialized ethnic group. The volume then includes discussions of particular immigration legislation, showing the significance to Asian Americans and the documents themselves.
Foreword by Thomas E. Stuen Preface American Naturalization and Immigration Policy: Asian American Perspective by Hyung-chan Kim Asians and the Reconstruction Era Constitutional Amendments and Civil Rights Laws by John Hayakawa Torok The Chinese Exclusion Laws: Congress and the Politics of Unbridled Passion by Hudson N. Janisch The Immigration Act of 1917: The Indian Exclusion Act by Arthur W. Helweg The Nationality Origins Act of 1924 by Lee A. Makela The Tydings-McDuffie Act of 1934 by H. Brett Melendy Towards Repeal of Asian Exclusion: The Magnuson Act of 1943, The Act of July 2, 1946, The Presidential Proclamation of July 4, 1946, The Act of August 9, 1946, and the Act of August 1, 1950 by Neil Gotanda Asian Americans and the McCarran-Walter Act by William R. Tomoyo The Immigration Act of 1965 by Charles B. Keely Indexes