Japanese Immigrant Exclusion: 100 Years Later

Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Will Sellers

“One hundred years ago, Congress passed, and President Calvin Coolidge signed, a new immigration bill. While relatively uncontroversial in the United States — it had passed the Senate 69-9 and the House 308-62 — the Immigration Act had a global impact. The bill’s genesis was a study completed by the Dillingham Commission, formed by President Theodore Roosevelt to study and identify which immigrants would contribute most to the social fabric of America. The commission unfortunately embraced various theories combining racial superiority, social Darwinism, and eugenics, so, to no one’s surprise, the resulting profile of an ideal American immigrant looked remarkably like members of the committee.” (05/15/24)