Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

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2014 Calendar

Upcoming Events

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Honor Our Immigrant Heritage this Holiday Season

AIISF is dedicated to ensuring that the complete US immigration story is uncovered and kept alive, for all to hear and learn from. We need your support to continue in our fight to share these unheard voices and untold stories.

Please make a tax-deductible gift today.

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A Successful 30th Anniversary Celebration

Our 30th Anniversary Celebration and Benefit, held Sept 27 at the Westin St Francis Hotel was an inspiring success.  380 people gather to celebrate our Immigrant Heritage recipients and support our Immigrant Voices Initiative.  This comprehensive new collection of program projects will ensure that those voices and stories so carefully collected at AIISF are heard by the next generation.

More than $257,000 was raised!  We thank Linda Frank, Buck Gee, our event committee and all of those in attendance.  There is no greater way to achieve the future of inclusion we envision than by engaging our young people.  With your tremendous support we can create the country of inclusion we envision.

 
   

Heritage Groups Host Angel Island Family History Day

Showcase Complex and Controversial History of the Ellis Island of the West

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"Enemy Aliens" on Angel Island

During World War II, there were a number of sites around the country used as temporary detention facilities used to house "enemy aliens" - Japanese, Italian and German immigrants deemed suspicious by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Many of the Japanese immigrants were arrested on December 7, 1941, or soon after. A National Parks Service site quotes Michi Weglyn's Years of Infamy and lists the locations where Japanese were temporarily detained:  "Angel Island, San Pedro, Sharp Park, and Tuna Canyon in California, and Ellis Island, New York, East Boston, Massachusetts, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Seattle, Washington." During World War II, Ellis Island was used as a detention center to hold enemy aliens awaiting hearings. In December 1941 Ellis Island held 279 Japanese, 248 Germans, and 81 Italians, all removed from the East Coast," and several hundred detainees were brought to Ellis Island each month.
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