978-0-405-11280-5 / 9780405112805

Congressional Policy of Chinese Immigration (The Asian Experience in North America)


Publisher:Ayer Co Pub



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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1916. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XI Restriction Legislation Of 1902 After the lapse of half a decade's quiet working of the exclusion laws, the smoldering embers of the Chinese question were again fanned into flame among the political circles. In the two reports submitted to the Senate in 1897 by the Attorney-General1 and by the Secretary of the Treasury2 the illegal entry of Chinese claiming to be merchants and minor children born in this country and the collusion of the customs officers charged with the enforcement of the exclusion laws were set forth with very convincing and alarming effect. In the year 1900 the American Federation of Labor, at its convention in Kentucky, adopted a resolution that, in view of the increasing danger threatening American labor, Congress should strengthen and reenact the Chinese exclusion laws, including in its provisions all Mongolian labor.8 < The Chinese Exclusion Convention held in San Francisco on November 22, 1901, sent a memorial to the Senate4 setting forth "some reasons for Chinese exclusion." As an evidence of the high pitch of antipathy in certain parts of this country, there were introduced in the first session of the Fifty-Seventh Congress twenty bills for the exclusion of Chinese, two hundred and forty-seven petitions were received in the House favoring the general exclusion of Chinese from the insular possessions, and sixteen petitions to exclude all Asiatics.5 On January 16, 1902, Senator Mitchell, of Oregon, introduced a bill (Senate Bill No. 2960) to prohibit the coming into, and to regulate the residence within, the United States, its territories, all possessions and all territory under its jurisdiction, and the District of Columbia, of Chinese persons and persons of Chinese descent . The bill contained fifty-seven sections, which, ...

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