A letter from a Sing Fat & Company executive asking immigration officials to cancel sponsorship for two employees, 1905.
In this letter, Tong Bong, the president of Chinese and Japanese goods retailer Sing Fat & Company, writes to the Commissioner of Immigration in San Francisco requesting he remove two names from the company’s partnership list. Companies could provide a list of employees to immigration officials to help immigrants enter the country. Under the Chinese Exclusion Act, only merchants and other wealthy immigrants with certification paperwork were allowed into the US, so sponsorship from an employer was critical in making a case for an individual to enter the country.
San Francisco, Cal., Aug. 12th, 1905
Hon. H.H. North
Commissioner of Immigration
We beg to inform you, please cancel our partnership list. The name of Wong Chong & Wong Chung no more interest in our firm. & Oblige
Sing Fat & Co Inc