100 years ago, the US banned a long and bizarre list of foreigners in a sweeping immigration bill

Over one century ago, on Feb. 5, 1917 Congress passed a bill that placed a ban on immigrants from almost the entire Asian continent from entering the United States.

At the time, the US was a couple of months away from entering World War I and xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiments were running high. American legislators had expressed concern about the “yellow peril” and the “Tide of Turbans” coming from China, Japan, and India. In this context, the country passed one of the most

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