Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

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Naturalization Ceremony at the Immigration Station

On Sept. 19, new American citizens will be sworn in at the Immigration Station. AIISF and Angel Island State Park will host the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and its naturalization ceremony for a group of immigrants. This event is held in honor of Citizenship Day and Constitution Week, commemorating the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

State Assemblymember David Chiu will be the keynote speaker. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was the President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and was the first Asian American to serve as District 3 supervisor which includes Chinatown and North Beach, the first Asian American to serve as board president, and the first supervisor elected to three consecutive terms as board president. Opening remarks will be made by US Congressman Jared Huffman whose congressional district covers the North Coast from the Golden Gate Bridge including part of Angel Island to the Oregon border.

The new citizens are from around the world and have chosen to participate in the ceremony on the island. The Citizenship agency is planning on making the ceremony at the Immigration Station an annual event because of the site’s historic impact.



Family History and Reunion Day Videos

At this year’s Family History Day a wide variety of speakers shared fascinating stories of the different ethnic groups and nationalities that were detained on Angel Island including: Russians, Koreans, Chinese, Filipinos, Koreans, Japanese and Austrians. We captured these on video so you could enjoy the richness and diversity of the American experiences that began on Angel Island.

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Three People Videos Premiere

Take a look at the videos from our 3 People project where high school students made films based on their interviews with elders on their immigration experiences.  These heartfelt, well-crafted short films capture the fears, motivations and challenges the seniors faced in leaving their homelands.

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Year of Arrival 1900

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) raises awareness of the experience of Immigration into America through the Pacific. AIISF collects and preserves the rich stories and personal journeys of thousands of immigrants, and shares them with visitors and everyone living in America through education initiatives and public programs.   Angel Island Immigration Station reminds us of the complicated history of immigration in America.  It serves as a symbol of our willingness to learn from our past to ensure that our nation keeps its promise of liberty and freedom.

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