Most Chinese Immigrants were young, poor men who emigrated to California during the gold rush.Chinese supplied labor for America's growing industry. They worked in wool mills, cigar, shoe, and colthes industries. After the railroad boom, some returned to China,but many stayed and looked for odd jobs.The problems came when the Chinese competed for low-paying jobs, usually with the Irish. Denis Kearney an Irish pinned the other Irish against the Chinese in San Francisco. Irish gangs took to the streets and attacked the Chinese. In 1882 Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act that forbade the immigration of Chinese to America.
Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 allowed the U.S. to deny access and re-entry to a Chinese person into the U.S. left the country, meaning that if a Chinese person wanted to go and visit their family they could not return to the U.S, it also prevented the Chinese in America from getting U.S. citizenship. The political cartoon above is saying that the Chinese Exclusion act is unfair because unlike the alcoholic Irish and the hoodlums that are allowed in the U.S the Chinese only wish to bring order and peace, but yet they are denied access to the "Golden gates of Liberty". If we’re going to exclude the Chinese, let’s exclude others as well.