Angel Island Angel Island Building of “China Cove” as Angel Island began in 1905. Located in California, the purpose of the Island was to keep control of Asians coming into the U.S. We know much less about Angel Island because records were lost. Angel Island Unlike Ellis Island which welcomed immigrants Angel Island was originally a detention center for Chinese who were attempting to enter the U.S. Due to the Chinese Exclusion Act, Chinese were not allowed into the U.S. Angel Island While the Chinese were excluded from coming in, Japanese immigrants were allowed to immigrate. Picture Brides Often the early immigrants were “picture brides”. Women who had been matched with men in the United States via a match maker and were coming to the U.S. to marry. Life on Angel Island Men and women were held separately, just like Ellis Island. Immigrants were interrogated for days in hopes that they would have to be deported. Immigrants would be held for days, months, or years before being either deported or released.