OCA Remembers the 74th Anniversary of Chinese Exclusion Repeal
17 December 2017
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Washington, DC – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates commemorates the 74th anniversary of the Magnuson Act, also known as the Chinese Exclusion Repeal Act of 1943. This allowed Chinese immigration into the United States for the first time since the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 – which had previously banned Chinese immigrants only from entering the United States.
This repeal also gave a path to citizenship for some undocumented Chinese immigrants already residing in the country. However, it capped immigration at 105 Chinese immigrants per year to the U.S. It was not until the passage of the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act that immigration from China started to increase significantly.
“The repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act was the right and humane thing to do. It allowed families to be reunited and gave immigrants a chance to pursue the American Dream and build thriving communities. Since family is a core American value, the family immigration system must be protected,” said Ken Lee, OCA National Chief Executive Officer.
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).