With this comprehensive history angel island may now stand alongside ellis island as the other iconic gateway to america lee and yung give a thorough and humane look at the immigrants from surprisingly diverse origins who encountered an america both welcoming and unwelcoming on the pacific coast mae m ngai author of impossible subjects illegal aliens and the making of modern america. In angel island immigrant gateway to america lee and yung offer a metic ulously researched and sweeping view of immigration in america one that is shaped by global economic and social conditions as well as racial religious class and gendered views of those migrants coming to america. The united states government was contemptuous about the growing number of illegal immigrants and the officials formed an angel island immigration station which later became the global gateway into america lee and yung 1 the angel island earmarked the beginning of the mitigations of illegal immigration and the development of the ant immigration and refugee control policies in the twentieth century. From 1910 to 1940 over half a million people sailed through the golden gate hoping to start a new
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