On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, teens from our Census Team took a tour of the Immigration Station at Angel Island to learn more about the history of immigration to the Bay Area and how this related to their work on the 2020 Census.
In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Angel Island served as a US Immigration Station processing thousands of immigrants from China and other parts of the Pacific. It later served as detainment facilities during World War II. Angel Island became a California State Park in 1954
Member and Youth of the Year nominee, Vincent M., connected the 2020 census and history with Angel Island, "It [Angel Island] gave us a better sense of the fear and motivation for undocumented persons not to fill out certain paperwork due to fear of deportation because of this we have a better chance at navigating this field and reaching more people."
Additionally, this provided the Team an opportunity to bond with one another, get to know our Board Members (Kate P. & Jill P.), and for some, ride a ferry for the first time!
Teens witnessed the temporary living conditions of different immigrant groups and the way these groups were treated differently on the bases of race and nationality. They also examined the walls where immigrants carved poetry and drawings that told a story of how immigrants felt while they were waiting to be processed through Angel Island.