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        Chinese Exclusion Act (1882) and Resource Materials

        The Chinese Exclusion Act, provided as facsimile in this resource, was approved and signed into law by President Chester A. Arthur on May 6, 1882; it was the first significant restriction on immigration in the United States. It set a 10 year block on the entrance of Chinese laborers into the United States. As non-laborer status was difficult to prove, it effectively made it difficult for any Chinese person to enter the country. Congress extended it for 10 years in 1892, made it permanent in 1902, and repealed it in 1943.

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