Under the act, Chinese laborers were denied entry to the U.S. Chinese immigrants were not allowed to return once they left the country, leaving many Chinese families torn apart.
Chinese immigrants were not allowed to be naturalized U.S. citizens, and the right to vote was abolished.
California Congresswoman Judy Chu brought forward the resolution of regret for the Chinese Exclusion Act last year, which was passed in the Senate last October. The state of California, which had been the biggest point of entry to Chinese immigrants during the Gold Rush, also apologized in 2009 for past discriminations against the Chinese communities.
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