Events and Laws Affecting Filipinos in America

Timeline of Events in the History of Filipinos in America

1600s

  Spanish bring Chinese and Filipinos to Mexico.

1763

Filipinos desert Spanish ship in New Orleans, establish first Filipino community in US in Louisiana bayou.

1898

US wins the Philippines after Spanish-American War.

1903

Filipino students arrive in U.S under the pensionado program, an effort to modernize and democratize the Philippines.

1907

Filipino laborers land in Hawaii.

1913

California passes law to prevent aliens ineligible for citizenship from owning land.

1924

In response to concerns about rising immigration, Immigration Act establishes strict quotas based on national origin according to the 1880 census, effectively ending Asian immigration.

1952

McCarran-Walter Act abolishes race an immigration criterion, sets quotas by nation.

1956

California repeals alien landownership laws.

1965

Immigration Act abolishes country preferences. Asian immigration increases.

1986

In wake of record immigration, both legal and illegal, Congress sought to limit number of illegal aliens in US.

1990
Immigration Act raised the total quota and reorganized system of preferences. Nearly 5 million immigrants arrive from Asian countries.