In 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed to placate white Americans who blamed Chinese immigrants for the low wages and other economic problems. In August of that year, the first Immigration Act was passed, the first time our country began restricting certain classes of people from immigrating to America, and would be the framework for all future immigration laws. Some of these made sense, such as barring convicts. It also barred any “lunatic, idiot, or any person unable to take of himself or herself without becoming a public charge.” The latter restriction kept anyone deemed too poor from entering the country. Throughout the early 1900s, national origin quotas would be the cornerstones of future immigration policy.