Mr. Merrill to Mr. Bayard.
Honolulu, February 24, 1888. (Received March 24.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose two copies of regulations regarding the immigration of Chinese into the Hawaiian Kingdom officially published on the 21st instant.
There is a strong, increasing sentiment in this country, especially among the laboring class and merchants not directly interested in sugar plantations, that immigration shall be so regulated as to prevent any permanent increase of the Asiatic population of these islands.
To this end a society, known as the Anti-Asiatic Union, has been recently organized with the avowed purpose of procuring such legislation as will restrict the importation of Chinese and Japanese to the actual requirements of the planters, and to compel the return to their native country of those shipped contract-laborers not willing to renew their labor contracts on the expiration of the original contract. Also to procure the enactment of laws prohibiting the granting of any new licenses for any trade or commerce to Asiatics.
The indications now are that immigration will be one of the important questions for the consideration of the legislature in May next.
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