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For many immigration to the United States would be a new beginning during 19th to early 20th century There were many acts and laws to limit the number immigrating to the United States Many of these acts were due to prejudice and misunderstanding of a culture One such act was the Chinese Exclusion Act Form this one act many immigration laws and acts were made against foreigners They hoped to control the number of immigrants arriving on the American shores The Chinese Exclusion Act of May 6 1882 was just the beginning This act was the turning point of the US immigration policies although it only directly affected a small group of people Prior to the Chinese Exclusion Act there was no significant number of free immigrants that had been barred from the country Once the Chinese Exclusion Act had been in acted further limitations on the immigration of ethnic groups became standard procedure for more than eight decades Irish catholic Mexican and other races were not allowed the same freedoms that others were allowed Even after a family had been here for generations there were not given the same freedoms Since the arrival of the first Chinese Immigrants racist hostility towards the Chinese always existed They were predominantly male laborers concentrated in California They were vital to the development of western mining transportation and agriculture Other races were also discriminated against the Irish were not allowed to get jobs or live in certain areas of the cities By 1880 the great fear of German-speaking and Irish-Catholic immigrants was over Employers who still sought worker-immigrants and not just temporary workers looked increasingly to southern and eastern Europe When Italians Greeks Turks Russians Slavs and Jews arrived in the United States in numbers however new anxieties arose about making Americans of so many different kinds of strangers An 1880 this act gave the United States the one sided right to mandate to limit or even
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