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Pershing's Chinese Refugees in Texas
Johnson, on November 4, directed a request to General Pershing
asking the general for a statement outlining the history of the con-
nection of the refugee Chinese with the army. He further asked
for "a suggestion as to the nature of the relief or assistance which
should be afforded them." On the following day Pershing replied
to the congressman in a letter in which he proposed that in case
relief was not given the refugees through administrative channels,
a joint resolution should be passed by Congress, giving the
Chinese permission to reside in the United States under existing
laws. A paragraph of this letter said:
My suggestion is, that if relief cannot be extended these deserving
men administratively, a joint resolution should be passed by congress,
giving them the privilege of registration under section 6 of the
Chinese registration act of May 5, 1892, as amended by the sub-
sequent act of November 3, 1893; the registration, of course, to be
carried out by the Commissioner General of Immigration.2
No sooner had Page returned to San Antonio than he received
a letter from Pershing enclosing a copy of the letter to Johnson
and another to the Commissioner of Immigration, revealing Per-
shing's action on his promise to use all his influence to carry out
the plan of Bouve and Parker. Pershing wrote that he had consid-
ered the matter since Page had left the capital and thought it
advisable that statements which would set out "the nature and
value" of the work done by the refugees should be secured from
army officers who had in the past employed the Chinese. He ad-
vised Page to forward these, together with one of his own, to
Albert Johnson as soon as practicable. The general closed the
letter by sending "kind remembrances to all refugees."33 Page
lost no time, and soon he had accumulated some twenty letters
of testimony which encompassed the activities of the aliens from
the time that they had come in contact with the American Puni-
tive Expedition to the present. In his own appeal addressed to
Johnson, Page pointed out that in view of the situation at San
82Pershing to Johnson, November 7, 1919, House Reports, 67th Cong., Ist Sess.
(Serial No. 7921), Document No. 471, p. 2; House Committee on Immigration and
Naturalization, Registration of Refugee Chinese, Hearings on S. J. Res. 33, Per-
mitting Chinese to Register under Certain Provisions and Conditions, November 8,
g92z; Statements of A. Warner Parker and E. J. Henning, 67th Cong., Ist Sess.
(Serial No. 8), 952.
8sPershing to Page, November 8, 1919, ibid.
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