August 2009 | By Jane Leung Larson
In July, the Committee of 100 Chairman John Chen wrote Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to express concern that the State of California would close the Angel Island State Park and Immigration Station as had been proposed to help resolve the state’s serious budget crisis.
|Asian immigrants landing at Angel Island, 1931.|
Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay is where many Chinese immigrants were held upon landing in the United States during the Chinese Exclusion Era. Today, the Island is a state park and includes a National Historic Landmark, the Immigration Station, now a museum.
Angel Island remains open to the public, although this may change after the California legislature’s summer recess. Camping fees were raised recently at this park to help raise needed funds.