At the time, the predominant method of traveling overseas was by boat.The early settlers were predominantly Sikh with fewer numbers being Hindu, Muslim, and other faiths.Even though they were unskilled and uneducated, they were favored by employers because they were hardworking and reliable, and because the employers could pay the Sikhs less than White men for the same work.
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A second indication of the discrimination which existed toward Asian Indians appeared in the Stephens report. The immigration Act of 1917 dictated that Indian Laborers were no longer able to enter the United States; this native country existed in the "barred zone" identified in the Act.
The Origin of the "Mexican-Hindus" A small "Mexican-Hindu" community formed in California when early male Punjabi immigrants married Hispanic women.
Furthermore, immigrants made their way into the United States from Canada as discrimination, resistance, and intolerance grew.
It is estimated that 7,348 Asian Indians migrated to the United States and Canada between 18.Between 19, hundreds of thousands of immigrants, from places such as China, India, Japan, and Korea were stationed, quarantined, questioned, and processed at this historical site.Early Immigrants in Rail and Lumber Industries The first wave of immigrants came to North America to do laboring jobs on railway construction, in the lumber mills, and in forestry.It was a very good company, but there was a five-cent difference between Sikh's and white people.The same was true for the railroad manufacturing jobs.The California Board of Control perceived these immigrants as an economic threat, or competition for native farmers.They were referred to as "a group of laborers becoming landowners and threatening the monopoly of the majority group."The California Alien Land Law of 1913, revised in 1920, prevented immigrants from owning and leasing their own land, making it a difficult struggle for those who made their living as farmers.Two thousand Punjabis worked on a 700-mile road between Oakland and Salt Lake City, which is probably modern interstate 80.The largest mill community was located at Fraser Mills in New Westminster, close to Maillardville; it was called "Millside." According to Mawa Mangat, who came to Canada in 1925, " There were only two families there then, the rest were all single men." The company even built a temple for its workers in about 1908.Some of the Punjabis took jobs in Lumber Mills and logging camps in Oregon, Washington and California.Those that became migrant laborers in the Sacramento Valley were known as "Hindu crews." They encountered resistance, both in Canada and the United States.