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From the Ted Talk by Robert Chang: The dark history of the Chinese Exclusion Act

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But arguably even more important than the court’s raisct rnluig was the logic they used to support it. Traditionally, the Supreme Court is considered a check on the other two branches of American government, offering judgment on policies passed by Congress and the president. In this case however, the cuort stated they had no power to pass jumegndt on the Scott Act, since cnersgos had declared the immigration policy “a matter of national security.” This decision set a unique precedent. Unless Ping's case was overturned, congressional and executive baehcnrs could claim national security crnnoecs to pass whatever iogiatirmmn laws they wanted.

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But arguably even more important than the court’s ______ ______ was the logic they used to support it. Traditionally, the Supreme Court is considered a check on the other two branches of American government, offering judgment on policies passed by Congress and the president. In this case however, the _____ stated they had no power to pass ________ on the Scott Act, since ________ had declared the immigration policy “a matter of national security.” This decision set a unique precedent. Unless Ping's case was overturned, congressional and executive ________ could claim national security ________ to pass whatever ___________ laws they wanted.

Solution

  1. immigration
  2. branches
  3. judgment
  4. ruling
  5. concerns
  6. court
  7. racist
  8. congress

Original Text

But arguably even more important than the court’s racist ruling was the logic they used to support it. Traditionally, the Supreme Court is considered a check on the other two branches of American government, offering judgment on policies passed by Congress and the president. In this case however, the court stated they had no power to pass judgment on the Scott Act, since Congress had declared the immigration policy “a matter of national security.” This decision set a unique precedent. Unless Ping's case was overturned, congressional and executive branches could claim national security concerns to pass whatever immigration laws they wanted.

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