1914 Justice for the “Wilmington Three”

Wilmington Chinese Deportation Case, 1914

This curious deportation case arose in Wilmington, N. C. in which 3 adolescent Chinese boys won their right to remain in the U. S.  Even though they had apparently entered the country legally as sons of merchants,  each of them were found working in a Chinese laundry.

An attempt was made to deport them on the grounds that the boys should be reclassified as laborers due to their laundry work so that under the provisions of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, they were ineligible for admission to the country.

Fortunately, for them, the judge ruled in their favor.

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