The California State Senate took formal action today to unanimously pass a resolution authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), which calls upon Congress to formally apologize for the 1882 adoption of the Chinese Exclusion Act. That measure, signed into law by President Chester A. Arthur, was the first federal law ever passed excluding a group of immigrants solely on the basis of race or nationality. It brought a halt to Chinese immigration and also prevented Chinese immigrants from becoming citizens of the United States.
Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 23 acknowledges and celebrates the rich history and contributions of Chinese Americans in California. The resolution also formally calls on Congress to apologize for laws which resulted in the persecution of Chinese Americans.
“This Legislature and Congress have already taken commendable action to recognize one of the darkest days in the history of this country by stating official regret for the Chinese Exclusion Act,” said Senator Huff. “But an expression of “regret” is different from an actual …read more
Source: State Senator Bob Huff