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Humans Across Borders: U.S. Exclusion Policy Leads to Smuggling of Chinese Immigrants
Localities: Place, situation, or district.
Expiration: A state of coming to an end.
Suspended/Suspension: Stopped for a time.
Stipulations: Conditions, agreements.
FORTY-SEVENTH CONGRESS. SESS.I. Ch.117-120, 1882.
"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 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…"
Document 1: "An act to execute certain treaty stipulations relating to Chinese" (approved May 6, 1882). The Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from December, 1881 to March, 1883. Vol. XXII, pp. 58-62 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883.)
Document 1 Short-Answer Questions
- What was the opinion of the Government of the United States regarding the immigration of Chinese laborers?
- What specific group of Chinese did the law prevent from coming to the U.S.?