After Philippine annexation in 1898, many Filipino farm workers migrated to the American West coast. As a result of opposition to this influx, the Tydings-McDuffie Act of 1934 reclassified Filipinos as aliens, and thus no longer allowed unrestricted access to the United States.
While the Act promised independence of the Philippines after a period of ten years, it actually occurred after WWII in 1946.
Interesting, I didn’t know this. It reflects on our history of immigration in the US. Holly
I just saw John Sayle’s film Amigo, a fascinating (and disturbing) drama about America’s first real venture in colonialism.