Preserving Angel Island’s Role in U.S. Immigration History

Saturday, October 29, 2016

(San Francisco) - Standing before a new exhibit on Chinese American exclusion, Assemblymembers Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and David Chiu (D-San Francisco) announced that they secured $2.952 million in state funds to help preserve a structure on Angel Island once used to exclude Chinese and other immigrants.

“Most Californians know the story of Ellis Island, but have never heard the story of Angel Island.  As the entry point for most Asian Americans, Angel Island was a symbol of hope but oftentimes became the final barrier to a new country,” said Assemblymember Ting, who secured the funding as Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee.  “The history of immigrant exclusion must be learned so such atrocities stay in the past.”

Learn more in this Assembly Access video.