In the s, Chinese workers migrated to the United States, first to work in the gold mines, but also to take agricultural jobs, and factory work, especially in the garment industry. Chinese immigrants were particularly instrumental in building railroads in the American west, and as Chinese laborers grew successful in the United States, a number of them became entrepreneurs in their own right. As the numbers of Chinese laborers increased, so did the strength of anti-Chinese sentiment among other workers in the American economy. This finally resulted in legislation that aimed to limit future immigration of Chinese workers to the United States, and threatened to sour diplomatic relations between the United States and China. American objections to Chinese immigration took many forms, and generally stemmed from economic and cultural tensions, as well as ethnic discrimination.
Chinese Immigration and the Chinese Exclusion Acts
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This brief provides demographic information for the foreign-born population in the U. It relies on the most recent data available. The brief also includes additional resources for demographic data of the foreign-born at the national and state level. As of , South or East Asia was the single largest source region
Trump quietly targets Asian immigrants
He immigrated to the US as a year-old with his Vietnamese mother in under the Amerasian Act, which allowed immigration to the US of certain children fathered by a US citizen. Now, 34 years later, with two grandsons and a mother, 84, Huynh faces the possibility of being deported back to Vietnam because the Trump administration is seeking to dissolve a repatriation agreement that is up for renewal this month with Vietnam. Under US law, immigrants including green-card holders with criminal records are subject to deportation back to where they came from.