Angel Island & Ellis Island

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Angel Island & Ellis Island

H i s t o r i c a l D i a r y

The Angel Island Immigration Center was primarily produced to enforce the Chinese Exclusion Acts although immigrants who arrived in San Francisco from the east via the Pacific were also detained at the compound. The investigation and interrogation process of immigrants from Japan, India, Russia and the Philippines were much less stringent than that applied to the Chinese.

Ellis Island immigration process began on 2 January, 1892 when the immigration center was opened on Ellis Island situated on the New Jersey side of Upper New York Bay, U.S. Over 15 million immigrants passed were processed between 1892 and 1954. The first immigrant to pass through the vetting process was Annie Moore, a 15 year old girl from County Cork in Ireland. The immigrants who went through the Ellis Island Immigration Process, within sight of the Statue of Liberty, were subjected to medical and legal examinations. It was given the nickname of the "Island of Tears".

Ellis Island

Fun Fact

Native Americans were the first inhabitants of Angel Island. They belonged to the Muwekma Ohlone tribe, a Native American people of the California coast.

Angel Island

Fun Fact

Over 15 million immigrants to the United States were inspected at the center between 1892 and 1954.


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