Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882
Significant immigration of the Chinese to North America began
during the Gold Rush 1848-1855 and continued during the building
of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Although tolerated, the
Chinese were seen as competitors for jobs and were blamed for
Over time, an increasing number of Chinese migrants came to California.
Animosity towards the Chinese resulted in violence often breaking out
in cities such as Los Angeles. After several attempts were made to
legislate the exclusion of the Chinese, President Chester A. Arthur
signed into law on May 6 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act, a United States
federal law that prohibits immigration of all Chinese laborers.
Below is the full text of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.