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Monday, January 10, 2011

Immigration Act of 1924

In researching how immigration quotas work I've discovered more racist history of the United States. Here are a couple quotes from the Wiki article on the Immigration Act of 1924

"The Act halted 'undesirable' immigration by quotas. The Act barred specific origins from the Asia-Pacific Triangle, which included Japan, China, the Philippines (then under U.S. control), Siam (Thailand), French Indochina (Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia), Singapore (then a British colony), Korea, Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), Burma (Myanmar), India, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Malaysia.[4] Based on the Naturalization Act of 1790, these immigrants, being non-white, were not eligible for naturalization, and the Act forbade further immigration of any persons ineligible to be naturalized.[4]

The Act set no limits on immigration from the Latin American countries."
(This no limits on immigration from Latin American countries may have to do with the fact that Mexican's were given the "benefit" of being "white" after the purchase of northern Mexico)