History of Asian American immigration

History Of Asian American Immigration

History of Asian American immigration

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Asian Americans having historically been in the territory that would become the United States since the 16th century have experienced difficulties in the past in immigrating to, and becoming naturalized citizens. This article lists legislation, as well as judicial rulings, which restricted and expanded immigration from Asia.


  • 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act Cessation of immigration from China.
  • 1917 Asiatic Barred Zone Act Cessation of immigration to the U.S. from mostly Asian countries, including the region of British India.
  • 1924 Immigration Act of 1924 quota based immigration to the U.S. ended
  • 1935 Nye-Lae Bill Grants citizenship to veterans of World War I, including those from "Barred Zones".
  • 1943 Magnuson Act Resumption of naturalization rights to Chinese Americans and immigration permitted from China
  • 1945 War Brides Act Temporarily lifted the ban on Asian immigration for spouses and adopted children of service members.
  • 1946 The Fiance's Act Allowed entrance of foreign-born fiancĂ©es of service members to enter as a nonimmigrant temprorary visitor visa for three months, and were required to provide proof of valid marriage within that time frame.
  • 1946 Luce-Celler Act Resumption of naturalization rights to Indian Americans and Filipino Americans. Token immigration allowed, quota set at 100 per year from India......
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