Immigration | A California nonprofit helps immigrant detainees tell their stories of isolation, suffering, and abuse
by Sophia Lee
Posted 10/22/14, 01:33 pm
California’s Angel Island is a historic state park, where tourists can gaze at the San Francisco skyline, hike woody trails, and read poems inscribed on the walls of the now-shuttered Angel Island Immigration Station.
The poems, carved by detained Chinese immigrants between 1910 and 1940, bemoan the difficulties of isolation, weep with longing for freedom, and encourage other immigrants to “cast idle worries to the flowing stream.” One detainee wrote, “America has power, but not justice.”