Angel Island State Park

Explore – Angel Island State Park’s Immigration Station

The walls of the detention barracks at the U.S. 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 and the largest groups were immigrants from China, Japan, Russia, and India.

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Immigrants Voices

Comb through the growing archive of personal stories of immigrants to the Pacific Coast.

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Chinese Exclusion Act

Discover the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act.