Los Angeles City Council Closes Out APIA Heritage Month with Day of Inclusion

Los Angeles City Council Closes Out APIA Heritage Month with Day of Inclusion

May 24, 2017

Los Angeles City Council Closes Out APIA Heritage Month with Day of Inclusion
Countering the 135th Anniversary of Chinese Exclusion Act

Los Angeles--City Councilmembers Gil Cedillo and David Ryu will close out APIA Heritage Month with a presentation declaring the ‘Day of Inclusion.’ May 6, 2017 marked the 135th Anniversary of the signing of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. On April 19th, 2017, the City Council adopted the Resolution introduced by Councilmember Cedillo, marking May 6, 2017, as a 'Day of Inclusion' in recognition of the harm caused by racially or religiously discriminatory immigration measures and honors the contributions of all immigrants and refugees who have enriched our communities.

Subsequent to the initial Chinese Exclusion Act, U.S. immigration laws between 1882 and 1924 expanded upon its ethnic and racial discrimination restrictions and bans.
• 1885 - Alien Contract Labor Law - prohibited the importation and migration of foreigners and aliens under contract or agreement to perform labor in the United States.
• 1892 - Geary Act - extended and strengthened the Chinese Exclusion Act.
• 1903 - Immigration Act of 1903 - otherwise known as the Anarchist Exclusion Act added four inadmissible classes - anarchists, people with epilepsy, beggars, and importers of prostitutes.
• 1907 - Immigration Act of 1907 - restricted immigration for certain classes of disabled and diseased people.
• 1917 - Immigration Act of 1917 - the Barred Zone Act - restricted immigration from Asia by creating an "Asiatic Barred Zone" except for Japanese and Filipinos (1907 under the Gentlemen's Agreement, the Japanese Government had voluntarily limited Japanese immigration and the Philippines was then a U.S. colony, so they were U.S. nationals). It also implemented a literacy test that required immigrants over 16 years old to demonstrate basic reading comprehension.
• 1918 - Immigration Act of 1918 - Expanded the provisions of the Anarchist Exclusion Act.
• 1921 - Emergency Quota Act - limited number of immigrants from any country to 3% of those already in the U.S. from that country as per the 1910 census.
• 1924 - Immigration Act, known as the Johnson-Reed Act - further reduced the annual immigration cap to 150,000 and made the quota far more restrictive to immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe and favorable to immigrants from Great Britain and Western Europe. It also excluded any alien who by virtue of race or nationality was ineligible for citizenship, which meant all Asians, including Japanese.

The Magnuson Act also known as the Chinese Exclusion Repeal Act of 1943 allowed for immigration of Chinese for the first time since 1882 and permitted some Chinese immigrants already in the country to become naturalized citizens. However, it continued the ban against ownership of property and businesses by ethnic Chinese and imposed an overly restrictive quota on Chinese immigrants.

WHAT: Day of Inclusion Council Presentation

WHO: Councilmember Gil Cedillo, First District
Councilmember David Ryu, Fourth District

WHEN: Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM

WHERE: Los Angeles City Hall, Council Chambers (200 N. Spring Street, LA 90012)

Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.


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