History of Filipino Americans

Filipino Naturalization Act
U.S. President Harry Truman signing into law the Luce–Celler Act in 1946. ©Image Attribution forthcoming. Image belongs to the respective owner(s).
1946 Jul 2

Filipino Naturalization Act

Washington D.C., DC, USA

The Luce–Celler Act of 1946 is an Act of the United States Congress which provided a quota of 100 Filipinos[24] and 100 Indians from Asia to immigrate to the United States per year,[25] which for the first time allowed these people to naturalize as American citizens.[26] [27 ]Upon becoming citizens, these new Americans could own property under their names and even petition for their immediate family members from abroad.[28]


The Act was proposed by Republican Clare Boothe Luce and Democrat Emanuel Celler in 1943 and signed into law by U.S. President Harry S. Truman on July 2, 1946, two days before the Philippines became independent with the signing of the Treaty of Manila on July 4, 1946. Because of the imminent independence of the Philippines, Filipinos would have been barred from immigrating without the Act.[29]


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Last Updated: : Wed Apr 12 2023