Statue of Liberty -Slavery Not Immigration

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10/27/21, 5:27:29 PM 
statue of liberty was for slavery not immigration
Even before the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886, the United States had begun to close the door on non-White and poor immigrants. The country did not have any federal immigration restrictions until 1875, but many states set up their own limits. Massachusetts and New York implemented limits on poor and sick immigrants, Southern states banned the entry of free Blacks at their ports, and California set limits on the entry of the Chinese after the Gold Rush. The Supreme Court invalidated these state-level immigration laws in 1849 and again in 1875.

That same year, Congress passed the Page Act, the country's first national immigration restriction on Chinese laborers and women. In 1882, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which banned the entry of all Chinese immigrants. Sen. John Miller of California said on the Senate floor, "Of Chinese, we have enough and would be glad to exchange those we have for any White people under the sun." In 1882, Congress also passed a separate immigration act that banned "convicts, idiots, lunatics, or any person unable to take care of himself or herself without becoming a public charge."

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