Angel Island State Park
Explore - Angel Island State Park's Immigration Station
Historically called the “Guardian of the Western Gate” this U.S. Immigration Station was built to detain immigrants.
The walls of the detention barracks at the US Immigration Station, Angel Island are filled with poetry, written and carved by immigrants expressing their feelings of frustration, anger, and hope.
Historically called the “Guardian of the Western Gate” by staff, the U.S. Immigration Station, second in size only to Ellis Island in New York, was built to enforce immigration laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act. People from over 80 countries, were detained on Angel Island between 1910-1940, the largest groups were immigrants from China, Japan, Russia, and India.
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Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) raises awareness of the experience of Immigration into America through the Pacific.
Angel Island Conservancy (AIC) is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with Angel Island State Park and California State Parks to facilitate the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historical and natural resources on Angel Island.