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AJR-22 76th anniversary of the repeal Chinese Exclusion Act.(2019-2020)

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Revised  September 03, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Joint Resolution
No. 22


Introduced by Assembly Member Ting
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Bonta, Chiu, Chu, Gloria, Kalra, Low, Muratsuchi, and Nazarian) Nazarian, Aguiar-Curry, Arambula, Bauer-Kahan, Berman, Bloom, Boerner Horvath, Burke, Calderon, Carrillo, Chau, Cooley, Cooper, Daly, Eggman, Friedman, Gabriel, Cristina Garcia, Gipson, Gonzalez, Gray, Grayson, Holden, Irwin, Jones-Sawyer, Kamlager-Dove, Levine, Limón, Maienschein, McCarty, Medina, Mullin, O’Donnell, Petrie-Norris, Quirk, Quirk-Silva, Ramos, Rendon, Reyes, Luz Rivas, Robert Rivas, Rodriguez, Blanca Rubio, Salas, Santiago, Smith, Mark Stone, Weber, Wicks, and Wood)
(Coauthor: Senator Pan)

July 08, 2019


Relative to the 76th anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AJR 22, as introduced, Ting. 76th anniversary of the repeal Chinese Exclusion Act.
This measure would mark December 17, 2019, as the 76th anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act to honor the contributions of all immigrants and refugees in our communities. The measure would also declare the opposition of the Legislature to executive orders and a presidential proclamation signed by President Trump relating to immigration, call upon the President to revoke those orders and that proclamation, condemn the expansion of deportations being undertaken under the current presidential administration, stand in firm opposition to the President’s proposal for construction of a wall along the southern border with Mexico, and reaffirm that the state is open and welcoming to immigrants and refugees who are integral to life in our state.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, On May 6, 1882, President Chester A. Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which was the nation’s first law to prohibit immigration solely on the basis of ethnicity; and
WHEREAS, The Chinese Exclusion Act, which was renewed in 1892, amended in 1902, and made permanent in 1904, prevented Chinese laborers from entering the United States, and denied Chinese a pathway to citizenship for more than 60 years; and
WHEREAS, Subsequent legislation, such as the 1892 Geary Act that required all Chinese to register for and carry on their persons Certificates of Residence or risk imprisonment and deportation, set a precedent for the Muslim registry being promoted by President Trump today; and
WHEREAS, The Chinese Exclusion Act was based on racial hostility against Chinese, who were characterized as “unassimilable, vile heathens” and were blamed for lowering wages, taking away jobs, draining the economy, and endangering the American way of life; and
WHEREAS, The Chinese Exclusion Act was repealed on December 17, 1943, by way of the Magnuson Act, marking a turning point in societal reaction towards immigrants and their common struggles for fairness and equality; and
WHEREAS, There is a direct link between the racial animus and religious intolerance exemplified by the Chinese Exclusion Act and President Trump’s executive orders, which attempt to ban the issuance of travel visas for citizens of certain majority-Muslim nations based on unestablished security risks and the implication that all Muslims are terrorists; and
WHEREAS, President Trump’s Executive Order 13780, titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” and issued March 6, 2017, seeks to suspend the entry of all refugees under the United States Refugee Assistance Program for 120 days, and seeks to limit the total number of refugees accepted to just 50,000 — half the number of refugees previously accepted under the Obama administration; and
WHEREAS, President Trump’s Presidential Proclamation 9645, issued September 24, 2017, to replace Executive Order 13780, continues to suspend entry of immigrants and some classes of nonimmigrants from several majority-Muslim countries, and calls for many of the same restrictions as Executive Order 13780; and
WHEREAS, President Trump’s Executive Order 13768, titled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” and issued January 25, 2017, seeks to direct the Department of Homeland Security to hire 10,000 additional immigration enforcement officers, empower states and local law enforcement to perform functions of immigration officers, and to greatly expand the categories of people classified as priorities for removal, including those who are convicted of only minor crimes or who are simply charged with, but not convicted, of a crime; and
WHEREAS, President Trump’s Executive Order 13767, titled “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” and issued January 25, 2017, calls for the construction of a wall along the southern border with Mexico estimated to cost $20 billion, the construction and operation of new immigration detention facilities near the border, and the hiring of 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents; and
WHEREAS, On December 22, 2018, President Trump shut down the federal government over Congress’s refusal to fund the $5.7 billion wall along the southern border with Mexico resulting in the longest federal government shutdown in United States history, leaving 800,000 federal employees working without their paychecks, 41,478 of whom live in California, and costing American taxpayers $11 billion; and
WHEREAS, With the unanimous passage of Senate Resolution 201 by the United States Senate in 2011, and the unanimous passage of House Resolution 683 by the United States House of Representatives in 2012, both houses of Congress have condemned the Chinese Exclusion Act and affirmed Congress’ commitment to preserve the civil rights and constitutional protections for all people; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of California, jointly, That the Legislature joins Asian and Pacific Islander communities throughout the state in marking December 17, 2019, as the 76th anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act to honor the contributions of all immigrants and refugees in our communities; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature condemns the expansion of deportations being undertaken by the current presidential administration as well as its actions to exclude immigrants based on national origin and religion, which threaten to repeat the terrible injustices perpetrated by the Chinese Exclusion Act 137 years ago; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature declares its opposition to Executive Orders 13767, 13768, and 13780, and Presidential Proclamation 9645, and calls upon the President to revoke them; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature stands in firm opposition to the President’s proposal for construction of a wall along the southern border with Mexico; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature reaffirms that the State of California is open and welcoming to immigrants and refugees who are integral to the life of our state; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.
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