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Unable to accomplish anything else, Congress has issued an apology for American attempts to restrict immigration back in the 19th century:
The United States has apologized to African-Americans, Japanese, Native Americans and Hawaiians for wrongs in the name of government. Now it has made that rare apology to Chinese-Americans for discriminatory laws adopted 130 years ago.
The House of Representatives passed a resolution Monday expressing regret for the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act, which imposed severe restrictions on Chinese immigration and naturalization …
Wait … we’re apologizing for exercising sovereignty over our own soil? What’s next? Should we send reparations to the Eskimo for not including one of their members as one of the Founding Fathers?
And what about China’s own immigration controls? China.org.cn has this blunt and direct summary about immigration to China:
China is not an immigrant country. No law or regulations are set permitting immigration. A foreigner is only allowed to reside here for reasons of work, study, travel, or marriage over a certain period of time.
Sounds like the Chinese want China to remain Chinese. And there’s nothing wrong with that – preserving your traditional culture is what sovereignty is all about.