December 10's Fact of the Week


Ten years after the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, Congress added additional amendments to the Act with intentions to detain and discriminate against Chinese laborers in the United States. The amendments not only continued to bar these individuals, but also required those already in the United States to obtain a certificate of residence from an internal revenue officer that stated they were “legally entitled” to be here. In 1893, Fong Yue Ting and two other Chinese men were arrested for violated provisions of the 1892 amendments to the Chinese Exclusion Act. In their Supreme Court case, the decision confirmed the Congress’ right to treat aliens as wished and the legislation remained a constitutional bedrock for all subsequent questions as to Congress’ rights in regards to immigrants.