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1900-1940s, were children of hispanic or asian immigrants citizens?

Asked by shared3 (921points) February 7th, 2009

To clarify, I am interested in….

1. Under the law, were children of the aforementioned immigrants that were born in the United States (the children, not the immigrants), citizens?

2. How were they treated?

I already know a bit about #2, because I have read some stuff about the Mexican Repatriation in that time period.

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laureth's avatar

The Civil Rights Act of 1866 guaranteed citizenship to children born in the U.S.

jca's avatar

i believe i heard somewhere that the civil rights act of 1866 was enacted so that the babies born to the slaves that were brought here were automatically citizens.

laureth's avatar

@jca – it was part of that package of legislation after the Civil War that did things like enable former slaves to vote, have due process, etc. – however, it doesn’t only apply to them and their children. It covers everyone, and would have been in force as law during the time that the question is asking about.

Darwin's avatar

Yes, they were citizens but in some states laws were enacted to make things difficult for them.

cheebdragon's avatar

And in a few states, laws were enacted to make things easier for them.

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