Angel Island Immigation Museum reopens

February 15, 2009 2:38:25 PM PST
The "Angel Island Immigration Station Museum" opened to the public for the first time on Sunday, since it was closed in 2005 for a $16 million renovation.

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The immigration center was considered the "Ellis Island of the west" and was open between 1910 and 1940 and was the first stop for one million immigrants.

But due to the Chinese Exclusion act of 1882, many Chinese immigrants were detained for an average of two to three weeks. Some stayed for several months.

The Chinese exclusion act was repealed in 1943.

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