The article The Architecture of Race in American Immigration Law tells the process of the Immigration Act of 1924, and the issues that followed the act, after it was passed. The article is divided into sections each dealing with the act. One section deals with how the act limited the number of immigration into the United States and how some families were pushing Congress to allow family member into the country, because they came before the act was passed. America was founded by white men, and over time, the white men wanted America to be composed of natives, especially people who born in the United States. This article emphasizes the fact, that natives did not want immigrants in becoming American or obtain citizenship. The one section entitled “Eligibility to Citizenship and the Rule of Radical Unassailability,” stood out to me. It mentions and describes the the world was banning immigration in entering the United States. Yet, only the Japanese and the Filipinos were the only two group to be exempt from the ban and allowed into the United States. These types of group were only allowed into the United Sates, because each was connectued to America in some way, whether that was being apart of the Gentleman’s Agreement or living in territoties that belong to the United States. Either way, these two groups of immigrants were the only two allowed to enter. However, what also got was that you either had to be white or black in order to acquire citizenship.
Over the years this bought up many court cases, involving the process of becoming an American citizen. The biggest issues that got me, was dealing with Mexican immigrants, and how they were similarly treated as the Asian. Over time, many Mexican tried in becoming American citizens, but many were deinied, thus, many of their casesing being bought to the Supreme Court, with involvoed the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, that would help with their case. The most famous case, was Rodriguez vs the United States. This cases concerd the issue that Rodriguez was trying to apply for American citiznship, but was denied, because he did not fit the profile of being white, even though he had resided in the United States for ten years. To make matters worse in 1930, the United States would classified Mexican people as a different separate race, and not as white. Overall, this article gave a insight into the stuggles immigrants dealth with in trying to become Americans, and have citizenship.