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1943 Magnuson Act (An act to repeal the Chinese Exclusion Act, to establish quotas, and for other purposes)

H.R. 3070; Pub.L. 78-199; 57 Stat. 600.

78th Congress; December 17, 1943.

You can find the full text of this law here and here or download the PDF.



This act repealed the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, established quotas for Chinese immigration, and allowed Chinese nationals in the U.S. to become naturalized citizens. Furthermore, due to the establishment of the quota, an increase of Chinese immigration became allowable. Chinese were allowed to enter the United States and Hawaii in numbers calculated according to Section 11 of the Immigration Act of 1924.

(Summary by Haafiza Manji and Bob Utama)



Chinese Exclusion Repeal Act - Introduction to the Magnuson Act of 1943 and its place in the history of Asian immigration to the US.

China in World War II - China was a US ally in World War II, which resulted in Congress passing the Magnuson Act.


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