Wong Kim Ark

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June 13, 2016
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Wong Kim Ark
Photo courtesy of National Archives, San Francisco

In 1894, coming home from a brief visit to China, 21-year-old, California-born Wong Kim Ark was denied entry into the United States under the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. He took his case all the way to the Supreme Court. Their landmark ruling in Wong’s favor, asserted the Constitutional right of anyone born in the United States to be a citizen of this country.