For most of U. As the earliest targets for exclusion, anti-Asian laws and their enforcement provided the foundations of legal ideologies and enforcement practices for the more general immigration restrictions that later followed. Asian immigration remained at a trickle until immigration laws were reformed. World War II, the growing unacceptability of open racial discrimination, and greater concerns for international relations led to the gradual removal of overtly anti-Asian immigration laws which were eventually replaced in with preferences for skilled employment, family unification, and refugees.
Subsequent amendments to the law prevented Chinese labourers who had left the United States from returning. The passage of the act represented the outcome of years of racial hostility and anti-immigrant agitation by white Americans, set the precedent for later restrictions against immigration of other nationalities, and started a new era in which the United States changed from a country that welcomed almost all immigrants to a gatekeeping one. Chester A. Arthur in It lasted for 10 years and was extended for another 10 years by the Geary Act, which also required that people of Chinese origin carry identification certificates or face deportation. Later measures placed a number of other restrictions on the Chinese, such as limiting their access to bail bonds and allowing entry to only those who were teachers, students, diplomats, and tourists.
One story of Washington state is a story of immigration, but it is not the simple tale of assimilation or acculturation. Immigrants brought pieces of culture from their native lands to Washington state, where they melded them with pieces taken from American culture. Immigrants did not remain unchanged or melt into a common society, however. Instead, Washington is a mosaic made of different peoples coming together to create new lives in a new land. The Asian American experience is part of this mosaic.
According to Census data, almost half of all immigrants in the United States— This group overwhelmingly supported President Barack Obama for re-election—by 68 percent —and cares deeply about fixing the immigration system. This support for immigration reform is critical as the Senate moves to take up an immigration reform bill, S. Currently, family sponsorship is the most common way that Asian immigrants arrive in the United States, with 55 percent of Asian immigrants coming through the family-visa system in However, while S.