For nearly 80 years, many Chinese immigrants were barred from entering the country through the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the first law to bar people from this country on the basis of race or national origin. To circumvent the law, a number of Chinese immigrants adopted false "paper" identities in order to join family or start new lives. The Immigration and Naturalization Service tried to counter the use of paper identities by setting up an elaborate detention and interrogation camp... More >>>