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Yick Wo v. HopkinsFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This article needs additional citations forverification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (November 2009)(Learn how and when to remove this template message)Wo Lee v. Hopkins Decided May 10, 1886 Yick Wo v. Hopkins Supreme Court of the United StatesSubmitted April 14, 1886 Full case name Yick Wo v. Hopkins, SheriffCitations 118 U.S. 356 (more) 6 S. Ct. 1064; 30 L. Ed. 220; 1886 U.S. LEXIS 1938 Prior history In re Yick Wo, writ of habeas corpus denied, 9 P. 139 (Cal. 1885); In re Wo Lee, writ of habeas corpus denied, 26 F. 471 (D. Cal. 1886) Holding Racially discriminatory application of a racially neutral statute violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Supreme Court of California and Circuit Court for the District of California reversed. Court membership Chief Justice Morrison Waite Associate Justices Samuel F. Miller ·Stephen J. Field Joseph P. Bradley ·John M. Harlan William B. Woods ·T. Stanley Matthews Horace Gray ·Samuel Blatchford Case opinions Majority Matthews, joined by unanimousLaws applied U.S. Const. amend. XIVYick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 U.S. 356 (1886),[1]was the first case where the United States Supreme Court ruled that a law that is race-neutral on its face, but is administered in a prejudicial manner, is an infringement of the Equal Protection Clause in the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Background[] The immigration of Chinese to California began in 1850 at the beginning of the Gold Rush. They soon began to branch out to jobs in agriculture and made up a large group of railroad workers. As the Chinese became more successful, tensions with Americans grew. Californians were wary of the cultural and ethnic differences.[2]Signed in 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act was the culmination of the growing tensions. It was the first of many
pieces of legislation put into place to keep people from China from entering the United States.

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