|Wishing to Repeal the Japanese Exclusion Act (Literary Digest, 1935)|
"With the California Council on Oriental Relations waging an eloquent campaign for repeal of the Japanese Exclusion Act, a quota-basis solution is suggested."
Read another article about Asian immigration to California
You might also be interested in reading about the Yellow Peril in Canada.
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Ellis Island Turned Away Many (The Independent, 1921)
It is difficult to imagine in our time that there was once a moment in time when there were strict standards that had to be met in matters involving immigration quotas:
"...many would-be immigrants arriving at the port of New York had been refused admission and been sent home again, because they had happened to arrive a few hours after their country's legal quota for the month..."
A Grateful Immigrant Speaks ('47 Magazine, 1947)
An article by Atomic Age immigrant Juanita Wegner testifying as to her undying gratitude that she should be permitted to live in a nation with so many freedoms. Having spent much of her life on the run from the Fascists of Austria, Italy and Argentina, Wegner stated:
"For all my life I've wanted to be an American. I've dreamed about it, studied, worked for it...I've been an American for only a few days. But if I could have one wish it would be to go up to everybody I meet and say: 'Aren't we lucky to have this chance! Let's never forget it.'"
There was Illegal Immigration from Mexico Back Then, Too (Ken Magazine, 1938)
This 1938 magazine article can be filed in the "the more things change, the more they stay the same folder". It lists all the assorted means by which Mexicans have attempted to illegally cross over the Southern border, whether to smuggle others, import illegal drugs or for their own gratification.
"One day up the road somewhere about Chula Vista, the speed cops bore down on a young Mexican driver who was singing loudly and twisting all over the highway."
"He came out of his car fighting like a Sonoran javilina, conked one of the policemen and laid him out cold, drew a gun and would have killed the other one but for a snappy bit jiu jitsu application..."
Marijuana was becoming a problem in 1938, too. Read about it here.
The Anti-Asian Immigration Laws of 1924 (The Nation, 1927)
"The Immigration Act of 1924 denied admission to the United States to wives of American citizens if these wives are of a race ineligible for citizenship. Hindus, Chinese and Japanese are ineligible. Hence the curious and cruel fact that while an Oriental merchant with his wife may enter America, the wedded wife of an American-born citizen is held at the coast for deportation."