"Congress has previously apologized for slavery of African-Americans,
for holding Japanese-Americans in camps during World War II, and for the
1893 overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Now, in the Senate, the resolution of regret for the Chinese
Exclusion Act was authored by Scott Brown (Republican–Massachusetts) and
passed by unanimous consent. In the House, which has yet to vote on
the resolution, it is authored by Judy Chu (Democrat–California). Chu said the purpose of the recently introduced resolution is to
call on Congress “to illuminate a past mistake, and reaffirm our
commitment to freedom and equality.” It does not provide for monetary
reparations. As an immigration lawyer, I would hope the resolution acts as an
impetus for the Supreme Court to reconsider the plenary power doctrine.
That doctrine, which originated in the racially-tainted Chae Chan Ping
decision, is out of step with modern constitutional doctrine, which
adopts a more inclusive view of national membership and a more robust
interpretation of individual rights."
Gary Chodorow, Oct. 9, 2011.