Crossing the Border
When Harry Bridges jumped ship in San Francisco in 1920, all he had to do was pay the eight-dollar head tax to enter the country. Other immigrants didnt find it so easy. Asians coming at the same time and through the same port were usually detained for a few weeks at Angel Island and subjected to extensive background checks.
Crossing State Lines
In 1958 Harry Bridges and Noriko (Nikki) Sawada flew to Reno, Nevada, to get married. But Nevada had laws forbidding whites from marrying Asians, and Nikki, born in Glendale, California, was of Japanese ancestry. Despite Harrys plea that Noriko isn't really Japaneseshe was born in America, the judge refused to marry them. They sued the state of Nevada, and three days later they were wed.