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[TIMELINE] Immigrants Forced to Register (August 28, 1940)

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  • madchinaman
    Immigrants are forced to register http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me- a2anniversary28aug28,1,2858537.story Aug. 28, 1940: To comply with the Alien
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 31, 2006
      Immigrants are forced to register
      http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-
      a2anniversary28aug28,1,2858537.story


      Aug. 28, 1940: To comply with the Alien Registration Act, Los
      Angeles begins to register its estimated 125,000 foreign-born
      residents at its processing headquarters in San Pedro.

      "By late afternoon, more than 500 aliens had registered, given the
      government the required information about themselves and been
      fingerprinted in compliance with the law," The Times reported. "They
      ranged from Mexicans, Japanese and Chinese to Poles, Finns, Germans,
      English and Canadians. Many of them had lived in the United States
      for years, some as long as 20 years."

      Against the backdrop of war in Europe, the new law required all
      foreign-born residents over 14 to state their occupation, political
      beliefs and personal status, the newspaper said. It also forbade
      anyone from advocating the overthrow of the government. A fine of
      $1,000 and six months imprisonment was the penalty for failure to
      register.
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