Richford's Chinese Immigrant Detention Center

Tag(s): Immigration
Historical Category: Government History
Video Date: 10/27/23

In 1882, President Chester A. Arthur (one of two Presidents born in Vermont) signed into law the Chinese Exclusion Act, banning all immigration from China to the United States. To enforce the act, the US set up four detention facilities along the US-Canadian border, with one of those facilities located in Richford, one of the busiest border crossings in the country. ABC 22 & Fox 22 Anchor Mike Hoey and Vermont Historical Society Executive Director Steve Perkins visit the site of the former facility to learn about its story.


This Place in History is produced in partnership by Local 22 & Local 44 ( and the Vermont Historical Society.

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