Naturalization certificate

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ddr-densho-23-15 (Legacy UID: denshopd-p23-00015)

Tazuma Collection

Certificate of naturalization for Bunshiro Tazuma, aged seventy. The landmark case Ozawa v. United States (United States Supreme Court, 1922) barred the Issei from becoming American citizens even though many had been permanent residents since the late 1800s. In 1952, the Immigration and Nationality Act was passed, and the Issei were finally allowed to become citizens.




Courtesy of the Tazuma Family Collection

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