Angel Island Immigration – 105th Anniversary

Angel Island Immigration Station, San Francisco Bay, California
Angel Island Immigration Station, San Francisco Bay, California
Immigrants arrive at Angel Island Immigration Station, San Francisco Bay, California
Immigrants arrive at Angel Island Immigration Station, San Francisco Bay, California

In 1905, construction of the Immigration Station began in the area then known as North Garrison. Surrounded by public controversy from its inception, the station was finally put into partial operation in 1910. It was designed to process Chinese immigrants whose entry was restricted by the Chinese Exclusion Law of 1882.  A rush of immigrants from Europe were expected with the opening of the Panama Canal, but international events after 1914, including the outbreak of World War I, cancelled the expected rush, but Asians continued to arrive on the West Coast and to go through immigration procedures. Though most immigrants processed through the Immigration Station on Angel Island were Chinese, over 80 countries were represented by the influx of immigrants.

The influx of Asians into the United States, dating from the California Gold Rush, created tension between many immigrant groups. During the 1870s, an economic downturn resulted in serious unemployment problems, and led to outcries against Asian immigrants who would work for low wages, this along with the resentment towards Chinese who were finding themselves successful in the laundry, hotel and fishing industries led to very restrictive immigration laws. These laws allowed entry only to those that had been born in the U.S. or had husbands or fathers who were citizens. Enforcement of those laws was assigned to the Bureau of Immigration.

When it opened 1910, the new detention facility on Angel Island was considered ideal because of its isolation. Access to and from the Island was very important to control and enforce the relatively new immigration laws and deal with the threat of disease from the many new people arriving daily to America. There were buildings to house and care for detainees, a pier, hospital, and regular boat service to the mainland. During the next 30 years, this was the point of entry for most of the approximately 175,000 Chinese immigrants who came to the United States. Most of them were detained on Angel Island for as little as two weeks or as much as six months. A few however, were forced to remain on the island for as much as two years.

For more: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1309

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Angel Island State Park website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=468

Donate to Angel Island Association: http://angelisland.org/donate/

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Links to Immigration Resources

For a General Overview and More Information, see:

President Obama’s Immigration Timeline:

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“We didn’t raise the Statue of Liberty with her back to the world, we did it with her light shining as a beacon to the world. And whether we were Irish or Italians or Germans crossing the Atlantic, or Japanese or Chinese crossing the Pacific; whether we crossed the Rio Grande or flew here from all over the world — generations of immigrants have made this country into what it is. It’s what makes us special.”

— President Obama, November 21, 2014

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42 thoughts on “Angel Island Immigration – 105th Anniversary

  1. WH

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
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    10:20 AM
    President Obama departs White House

    10:45 AM
    First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts Local Students for a Special Reading of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good for You: All About Staying Healthy
    The White House

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    President Obama arrives Boise, Idaho

    3:45 PM
    President Obama tours the New Product Development Lab in Boise State University’s Micron Engineering Center
    Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

    4:00 PM
    4:45 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks on education
    Caven-Williams Sports Complex, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

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    President Obama arrives Topeka, Kansas

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    President Obama overnights in Topeka, Kansas

    • POTUS podium

      January 21, 2015

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

      10:45 AM ET
      First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts Local Students for a Special Reading of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good for You: All About Staying Healthy
      The White House

      1:15 PM ET
      White House State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) Event
      The White House

      2:30 PM ET
      Treating Substance Use Disorders Today: Access, Recovery and the Affordable Care Act
      The White House

      4:45 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks on education
      Caven-Williams Sports Complex, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      8:30 AM ET
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      State of the U.S. Economy
      Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew spoke about the state of the U.S. economy and the Obama administration’s priorities for 2015.

      9:30 AM ET
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      Iran Sanctions
      Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Undersecretary of State David Cohen, and others testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on proposals to impose new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. http://www.c-span.org/video/?323891-1/hearing-iran-sanctions

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      Zbigniew Brzezinski, with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Brent Snowcroft, president of the Snowcroft Group, testify at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on threats to U.S. national security.

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      The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on potential changes to the federal testing standards that were part of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. http://www.c-span.org/video/?323903-1/hearing-federal-education-policy-reform

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      Witnesses testified at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on internet freedom and net neutrality. Net neutrality, also known as “open Internet,” refers to the idea that Internet providers must allow all legal content to move through their networks uninhibited http://www.c-span.org/video/?323888-1/hearing-open-internet

      12:00 PM ET
      State Department Daily Briefing
      Marie Harf briefed reporters and responded to questions on a variety of international topics, including U.S.-Cuba relations http://www.c-span.org/video/?323915-1/state-department-briefing

      12:45 PM ET
      U.S. Conference of Mayors Opening Plenary Luncheon
      Mayors from around the country were in Washington to attend the 83rd Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/PlenaryL

      2:30 PM ET
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      Unmanned Aircraft Systems Issues
      Witnesses testified at a House Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing on research and development performed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the area of unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones, and their integration into the National Airspace System (NAS). http://www.c-span.org/video/?323908-1/hearing-government-drone-research-development

      4:45 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks on education
      Caven-Williams Sports Complex, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho http://www.c-span.org/video/?323909-1/president-obama-remarks-education-boise

  2. Angel Island Immigration – 105th Anniversary

    In 1905, construction of the Immigration Station began in the area then known as North Garrison. Surrounded by public controversy from its inception, the station was finally put into partial operation in 1910. It was designed to process Chinese immigrants whose entry was restricted by the Chinese Exclusion Law of 1882. A rush of immigrants from Europe were expected with the opening of the Panama Canal, but international events after 1914, including the outbreak of World War I, cancelled the expected rush, but Asians continued to arrive on the West Coast and to go through immigration procedures. Though most immigrants processed through the Immigration Station on Angel Island were Chinese, over 80 countries were represented by the influx of immigrants.

    The influx of Asians into the United States, dating from the California Gold Rush, created tension between many immigrant groups. During the 1870s, an economic downturn resulted in serious unemployment problems, and led to outcries against Asian immigrants who would work for low wages, this along with the resentment towards Chinese who were finding themselves successful in the laundry, hotel and fishing industries led to very restrictive immigration laws. These laws allowed entry only to those that had been born in the U.S. or had husbands or fathers who were citizens. Enforcement of those laws was assigned to the Bureau of Immigration.

    When it opened 1910, the new detention facility on Angel Island was considered ideal because of its isolation. Access to and from the Island was very important to control and enforce the relatively new immigration laws and deal with the threat of disease from the many new people arriving daily to America. There were buildings to house and care for detainees, a pier, hospital, and regular boat service to the mainland. During the next 30 years, this was the point of entry for most of the approximately 175,000 Chinese immigrants who came to the United States. Most of them were detained on Angel Island for as little as two weeks or as much as six months. A few however, were forced to remain on the island for as much as two years.

    For more: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1309

    • Historic Immigrant Passage Gains New Life

      2/16/2009 Michael Martin – NPR

      I’m Michel Martin, and this is Tell Me More from NPR News. Coming up, my memories of a dear friend.

      But first, on this President’s Day, we want to tell you about a place that represented the first introduction to America for many immigrants. Now, most people know about Ellis Island, the East Coast port where more than 12 million immigrants, mostly from Europe, first set foot in the United States. But many people don’t know about its West Coast counterpart, Angel Island.

      Located roughly 45 minutes from San Francisco, Angel Island opened in 1910. More than a million people passed through its doors, including hundreds of thousands from China and Japan. It was closed in 1940 and scheduled for demolition in 1970. But that was stopped when Chinese calligraphy, poems describing the experience of people detained there, were discovered on the walls of the barracks. And now, more than seven decades after it was closed, Angel Island reopened yesterday after a massive restoration project.

      Here to tell us more about all this is Eddie Wong. He’s executive director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. Mr. Wong, welcome. Thank you for talking to us.

      Mr. EDDIE WONG (Executive Director, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation): I’m glad to be here. Thank you.

      MARTIN: First of all, tell me a little bit, if you will, about Angel Island. How important was this particular port? Why was this location selected?

      Mr. WONG: Well, it was selected in part because it was isolated in the San Francisco Bay. After 1882, when the United States passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, there was a place, actually a wooden shed, on the wharf in San Francisco. And that’s where Chinese immigrants were kept and questioned as to determine the legality of their entry in U.S. That proved to be a very unsanitary, unhealthy place. And also, it wasn’t very secure. Several people busted out of there. So they decided to build a separate facility on an island, and that’s why Angel Island was constructed.

      But its purpose was still the same. It was to verify who was a legal entrant. And the way the law worked is that it forbade laboring classes of people to come. You could be the son and daughter of an American-born citizen, you could be a merchant, a diplomat, a clergyman, but working people were not at that point allowed to enter from China. And that’s why it became known as the Guardian of the Western Gate.

      For the entire article: http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=100694905

    • Discovering Angel Island: The Story Behind the Poems

      Uploaded on Feb 8, 2010

      From 1910 to 1940, tens of thousands of immigrants entered the United States through the West Coast’s Angel Island Immigration Station. Located in San Francisco’s north bay, not far from Alcatraz Island, the buildings were nearly forgotten and their history practically lost, until one day Alexander Weiss, a California State Park Ranger, re-discovered them in 1970. His chance discovery began the long journey to save the Immigration Station, and ultimately, to save the stories hidden within it, and to help us remember its sad, but important role in American history.

  3. President Obama Will See Innovation At Work At Boise State Wednesday

    JANUARY 16, 2015 BY: SHERRY SQUIRES – boisestate.edu

    President Barack Obama has chosen Boise State University as his first stop after his State of the Union address this week.

    He will speak to students, faculty and the public Wednesday afternoon at the Caven-Williams Sports Complex adjacent to Albertsons Stadium.

    The president also will visit Boise State University’s College of Engineering and the New Product Development Lab, a collaborative effort housed in engineering and managed by the College of Business and Economics.

    Boise State plays a key role in the continued development of Idaho’s high-tech economy in many ways, including through the lab, which works with local industries and entrepreneurs to design and prototype products and components and to help get them to the marketplace.

    “We are honored and excited to host President Obama here at Boise State,” university president Bob Kustra said. “We know he will be impressed with our students and faculty and the innovative work and world-class research they are doing.”

    For more: http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2015/01/16/president-obama-visit-boise-state-wednesday/

    • Glued to TVs, Cubans Cheer U.S. Talks Like It’s Baseball

      Jan 23, 2015 3:29 PM P By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan – bloomberg

      As U.S. and Cuban diplomats met to begin restoring diplomatic ties after five decades, Havana’s residents followed the developments with a fervor normally reserved for a Papal visit or a sporting championship.

      Cuban media aired and rebroadcast briefings throughout the two days of negotiations, a rarity in a society where the press is state-run and people often get news from relatives or friends. While U.S. and Cuban officials said differences between their governments remain “profound,” participants from both sides smiled broadly for the public and said the talks were productive.

      Clara Gonzalez Perez, a 56-year-old nurse, said she gathered around the TV with family for two days to get every bit of information about “la apertura,” or the opening, between the nations.

      “There’s not a baseball game that people here would watch with as much excitement as for these talks,” Perez said. She’s so enthusiastic she said she began hugging Americans visiting as part of cultural tour groups in the streets, saying, “I love Obama! We love America!”

      U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, the highest-ranking diplomat to visit Havana since Jimmy Carter’s presidency, cautioned that the two sides need to “overcome more than 50 years of a relationship that was not based on confidence or trust.” She said it isn’t clear Cuba is ready to move as fast as the U.S. in loosening economic restrictions.

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-23/glued-to-tvs-cubans-cheer-u-s-talks-like-baseball-championship.html

  4. January 13, 2015
    President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Plurinational State of Bolivia to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Evo Morales Ayma

    President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to La Paz, Bolivia to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia on January 21, 2015.

    The Honorable Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, will lead the delegation.

    Members of the Presidential Delegation:

    Mr. Peter M. Brennan, Chargé d’Affaires to the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Department of State

    Ms. Alejandra Y. Castillo, National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency, Department of Commerce

  5. Hi CR,

    After reading your post, I guess the immigration system wasn’t fair, screwed up and broken from the beginning.

    It is interesting that if you weren’t brought here against your will, many other POC had a hard time entering this country. And, the First People already living here caught pure hell to say the least. Which makes everything about the American people and its history kind of unique in many ways. And this uniqueness, as the President said in his SOTU address give us, as a country, the opportunity to still reach our true potential. If we can truly become the United States of America, and not all divided up… As Pres. Clinton use to say that there is nothing wrong with America that can’t be fixed by what is right with America. The disappointing thing was that Pres. Clinton didn’t have the will to fix it. And that is what sets PBO apart from most President, he is willing to not just talk the talk, but try to fix America by what’s right with America. While at the same time facing GOP severe and childish opposition.

    Our broken immigration system is one of the big areas, among others that he is trying to fix. Also, when PBO says in his SOTU address that: “I want our actions to tell every child, in every neighborhood: your life matters.” That is powerful! And he specially mentioned Ferguson and New York. Again, this was very powerful for him to say in this speech…And, he also spoke about the safety of the police officer coming home to his wife. HELLO everyone, Wake UP: We are all in this together….It’s The United States of America!

    I still think the VP would have looked cool wearing one of those buttons. 🙂

    Thanks for post.

    • Hi Isaac!

      I listened to PBO’s SOTU. PBO said how the U.S. should be, how he wants it to be and what Congress should do to make it that way. But this morning I hear that the GOP is saying I did not come to the SOTU to be lectured to. Well if Congress DID do their job then PBO would have been praising them and saying let’s keep up the good work instead.

      It is sad that the GOP Congress will do everything they can to write PBO’s last two years as a failure. Don’t they know that all their antics of ‘Let’s vote down Obamacare for the millionth time” and “We need another Bengazhi vote” is looking pretty lame?

      PBO is going to keep voicing his wish list for America and yes the GOP Congress will probably deny America progress.

  6. Housing Starts in U.S. Increase to Cap Best Year Since 2007

    Jan 21, 2015 6:35 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    New residential construction in the U.S. rose more than forecast in December, capping the best year since 2007 and signaling the industry will probably keep expanding this year.

    Housing starts increased 4.4 percent to a 1.09 million annual rate, following the prior month’s 1.04 million pace that was higher than previously estimated, a Commerce Department report showed Wednesday in Washington. The median forecast of 82 economists surveyed by Bloomberg was 1.04 million. The advance was driven by single-family projects, which climbed to an almost seven-year high.

    An improving labor market, mortgage costs close to multi-year lows and rising consumer confidence will probably sustain demand for residential real-estate. Faster wage gains and easier credit would help spur the housing recovery, benefiting sales and profits at builders such as Lennar Corp. (LEN)

    “The strength is where you’d like to see it, in single-family housing,” said Brian Jones, a senior U.S. economist at Societe Generale in New York, who had forecast starts would rise to 1.07 million. “It bodes well for residential real estate. It’s another thing going in the right direction for the economy.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-21/housing-starts-in-u-s-increased-to-cap-best-year-since-2007.html

  7. U.S. Markets Favored by Investors, Bright Spot in Dim Global Economy: Bloomberg Poll

    Jan 21, 2015 5:49 AM PT By Rich Miller – bloomberg

    International investors are the most bullish they’ve been on the U.S. markets in more than five years as America is seen as a bright spot in an otherwise worsening global economy, according to the latest Bloomberg poll.

    As the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting gets under way in Davos, Switzerland, 54 percent of Bloomberg subscribers surveyed last week said the U.S. will be among the markets offering the best returns over the next year. That’s a five-point jump from the previous poll in November and the highest rating for any country since the survey began asking that question in October 2009.

    More than three in five said the U.S. economy is improving while 40 percent saw global output as deteriorating, the worst world reading in the Bloomberg Global Poll since September 2012.

    “The U.S. will profit from flight to safety” as investors flee other markets for America’s, Wilhelm Schroeder, a poll participant and managing director at Munich-based Schroeder Equities GmbH, said in an e-mail.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-20/american-markets-favored-in-global-poll-as-world-worsens.html

  8. The First Lady Reads Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Things You Can Do That Are Good For You”

    Published on Jan 21, 2015

    As part of her Let’s Move! initiative, the First Lady hosted local students in the East Room of the White House for a special reading of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Things You Can Do That Are Good For You: All About Staying Healthy. January 21, 2015.

  9. Biden meets privately with GOP senators

    1/21/15 11:58 AM EST By Justin Sink – bloomberg

    Vice President Joe Biden has met privately with seventeen Republican senators in hopes of finding common ground on areas such as infrastructure and tax reform.

    “They know what has to happen,” Biden said in an interview with “CBS This Morning.” “What we have to do is keep the focus on the middle class. I believe the majority of the Republican Party still believes in the notion that we have to have the best trained people in the world to attract business and the best infrastructure in the world.”

    Many of the meetings have been held at his residence at the Naval Observatory, Biden said.

    “I invite them in my home,” he added. “We’ve having private conversations.”

    The vice president said both sides had acknowledged “a lot of outside pressures from particular interest groups” but said he was optimistic that there was room to strike deals.

    “Have you ever heard a Republican use the phrase “middle class” as much as you’ve heard in the last year?” Biden said. “They get it. They get it.”

    The White House has said they hope to broker a deal that would restructure the corporate tax code in exchange for new infrastructure spending.

    But Republicans generally gave President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday a chilly response, saying his call for billions in new taxes on the wealthy and big banks was a nonstarter. Obama proposed using those funds for infrastructure spending, free community college tuition, and a tax break for middle class families.

    For more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/230242-biden-meets-privately-with-gop-senators

  10. Mortgage applications rise on refinancing surge

    1/21/15 CNBC By Diana Olick – cnbc

    Building on the huge momentum two weeks ago, mortgage application volume jumped further last week, up 14.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Total volume is now 41 percent higher than it was one year ago, though still low by historical comparisons. Unlike the previous week, however, this week’s jump was driven entirely by refinances.

    Applications to refinance increased 22 percent from the previous week, and are now up 63 percent from a year ago. Applications to purchase a home fell 3 percent week-to-week, but are 3 percent higher than the same week one year ago.

    “This increase was largely due to mortgage rates dropping to their lowest level since May 2013. However, the recent reduction in FHA mortgage insurance premiums also played a role: FHA refinance applications increased 57 percent last week,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s chief economist.

    For more: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mortgage-applications-rise-refinancing-surge-120040472.html;_ylt=AwrSyCOc4r9UFHkA2qnQtDMD

  11. January 21, 2015

    Statement from the President

    Our democracy works best when everyone’s voice is heard, and no one’s voice is drowned out. But five years ago, a Supreme Court ruling allowed big companies – including foreign corporations – to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence our elections. The Citizens United decision was wrong, and it has caused real harm to our democracy. With each new campaign season, this dark money floods our airwaves with more and more political ads that pull our politics into the gutter. It’s time to reverse this trend. Rather than bolster the power of lobbyists and special interests, Washington should lift up the voices of ordinary Americans and protect their democratic right to determine the direction of the country that we love.

  12. The Third Annual White House State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) Event

    Published on Jan 21, 2015

    On January 21, 2015, the White House hosted the third annual State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) Event, in which students hear from senior officials and special guests about the latest developments, careers, and innovations in STEM.

  13. January 21, 2015

    Remarks by the President on Middle-Class Economics — Boise, ID

    Boise State University
    Boise, Idaho

    3:05 P.M. CST

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Boise State! (Applause.) Oh, it’s good to be back! (Applause.) Can everybody please give Camille a big round of applause for that introduction? (Applause.) I love young people who are doing science. And I especially love seeing young women in sciences. And so, a great job that Camille is doing. (Applause.)

    A couple other people I want to mention. Your Mayor, Mayor Bieter, is here. (Applause.) Where is he? Where is he? There he is. Flew back with me on Air Force One. (Applause.) And he didn’t break anything. (Laughter.) It was amazing, though. When we were coming back he was telling me the story about his grandfather, an immigrant from the Basque Region, coming here and how he would herd sheep. And for five years, he would be up in the mountains and the hills, and then come down to town for like two months a year, and the rest of the time he was up there. And I figured his dad was a pretty tough guy, because I’ll bet it gets kind of cold up in the hills. (Laughter.)

    Another person I want to mention — this is somebody who I actually have known for a really long time. He was the lieutenant governor in Illinois, now is your outstanding president here at Boise State — President Kustra. Give him a big round of applause. (Applause.) There he is. It’s good to see Illinoisans do something with their lives. (Laughter.) We’re proud of them.

    Thanks to all the Broncos for having me. (Applause.) And thanks for the balmy weather. I thought it was going to be a little colder around here. (Laughter.)

    So, last night, I gave my State of the Union address. (Applause.) Today, I’m going to be shorter. I won’t be too short, just a little shorter. (Laughter.) And I focused last night on what we can do, together, to make sure middle-class economics helps more Americans get ahead in the new economy. And I said that I’d take these ideas across the country. And I wanted my first stop to be right here in Boise, Idaho. (Applause.)

    Now, there are a couple reasons for this. The first is because, last year, Michelle and I got a very polite letter from a young girl named Bella Williams — who is here today. Where’s Bella? There she is right there. Wave, Bella. (Applause.) Bella is 13 now, but she was 12 at the time. So she wrote me a letter and she said, “I know what you’re thinking — Wow, what’s it like in Boise, Idaho?” (Laughter.) So she invited me to come visit. And she also invited me to learn how to ski or snowboard with her. (Applause.) Now, as somebody who was born in Hawaii, where there’s not a lot of snow — let me put it this way — you do not want to see me ski. (Laughter.) Or at least the Secret Service does not want to see me ski. (Laughter.)

    But what I do know about Boise is that it’s beautiful. I know that because I’ve been here before. I campaigned here in 2008. (Applause.) It was really fun. And the truth is, because of the incredible work that was done here in Idaho, it helped us win the primary. And I might not be President if it weren’t for the good people of Idaho. (Applause.) Of course, in the general election I got whupped. (Laughter.) I got whupped twice, in fact. But that’s okay — I’ve got no hard feelings. (Laughter.)

    In fact, that’s exactly why I’ve come back. Because I ended my speech last night with something that I talked about in Boston just over a decade ago, and that is there is not a liberal America or a conservative America, but a United States of America. (Applause.)

    And today, I know it can seem like our politics are more divided than ever. And in places like Idaho, the only “blue” turf is on your field. (Applause.) And the pundits in Washington hold up these divisions in our existing politics and they show, well, this is proof that any kind of hopeful politics, that’s just naïve. But as I told you last night, I still believe what I said back then. I still believe that, as Americans, we have more in common than not. (Applause.)

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/21/remarks-president-middle-class-economics-boise-id

    • “Some of the commentators last night said, well, that was a pretty good speech, but none of this can pass this Congress. But my job is to put forward what I think is best for America. The job of Congress, then, is to put forward alternative ideas, but they’ve got to be specific. They can’t just be, no. (Laughter and applause.) I’m happy to start a conversation. Tell me how we’re going to do the things that need to be done. Tell me how we get to yes. (Applause.)

      I want to get to yes on more young people being able to afford college. I want to get to yes on more research and development funding. I want to get to yes for first-class infrastructure to help our businesses succeed. I want to get to yes! (Applause.) But you’ve got to tell me, work with me here. (Applause.) Work with me! Come on! Don’t just say no! (Applause.) You can’t just say no.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: Si, se puede!

      THE PRESIDENT: Si, se puede! Yes, we can!”

      1/21/15 President Obama, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

    • Hi Vitaminlover!

      Everyone knows about Ellis Island but not too many people know about Angel Island.

  14. WH

    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    Vice President Biden meets with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia

    7:00 AM
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    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:20 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks on topics he proposed in his 2015 State of the Union Address
    University of Kansas, Anschutz Sports Pavilion, Lawrence, Kansas

    1:00 PM
    Vice President Obama addresses the 83rd Winter Meeting of The U.S. Conference of Mayors
    Capital Hilton, Washtington DC

    2:00 PM
    President Obama departs Kansas for the White House

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    4:15 PM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews

    4:30 PM
    President Obama arrives the White House
    South Lawn

    5:00 PM
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    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    Vice President Biden travels to California

  15. President Obama to visit KU Jan. 22

    Fri, 01/16/2015 ku.edu

    LAWRENCE — President of the United States Barack Obama will visit the University of Kansas on Thursday, Jan. 22 for an event, officials announced today.

    “Our community will be honored to welcome President Obama to the University of Kansas,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “This is an exciting time for KU, and to welcome the President of the United States and have an opportunity to share our bold aspirations with him only adds to that excitement.

    The White House and KU Office of Public Affairs will release more information on the President’s visit as it becomes available. Updates will be posted to news.ku.edu.

    As noted by KU History, Obama would be the fourth sitting U.S. president to visit KU, with the last sitting president to visit being William H. Taft in 1911. The other two presidents who visited KU while in office were Ulysses S. Grant in 1873 and Rutherford B. Hayes in 1879. Five additional presidents — Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton — visited KU after leaving office.

  16. American Consumers Most Optimistic About Economy in Four Years

    Jan 22, 2015 6:45 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – blloomberg

    Americans’ expectations for the economy improved in January to reach the highest level in four years as the cost of gasoline continued to fall and the job market strengthened.

    A measure tracking the economic outlook rose by 2 points to 53, the strongest since January 2011, data from the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index showed Thursday. Thirty-six percent said the economy is getting better, up from 32 last month and the second-largest share since 2002. The weekly sentiment index eased to 44.7 in the period ended Jan. 18 from 45.4.

    Gasoline prices approaching a nationwide average of $2 a gallon and the lowest unemployment rate since mid-2008 are making households more upbeat about the expansion. Stronger wage growth would help to further propel sentiment and spark bigger gains in consumer spending.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-22/american-consumers-most-optimistic-about-economy-in-four-years.html

  17. January 22, 2015

    Remarks by the President on Middle-Class Economics — University of Kansas, Lawrence KS

    University of Kansas
    Lawrence, Kansas

    11:30 A.M. CST

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Kansas! (Applause.) Rock Chalk! (Applause.) Can everybody give Alyssa a big round of applause for the great introduction? (Applause.) It is good to be at KU! (Applause.) I’ve got to admit, I took a moment to meet with Coach Self and the KU basketball team. (Applause.) I mean, we’re here for other business, but while I was here — (laughter) — I thought I should talk to some basketball players. And it is January, so that means that the Jayhawks are at the top of the Big 12, hunting for your 11th straight conference title. (Applause.)

    I want to thank your Chancellor, Bernadette Gray-Little. (Applause.) I want to thank Mayor Amyx for having me. I recently heard from Bob Dole, as well. He told me he’s very proud of his Institute of Politics here. (Applause.) Any school of politics named for Bob Dole is one I’d be proud of, too, because he is a great Kansan and a great American. (Applause.)

    And it’s good to be back in Kansas. (Applause.) I’ve got deep roots in Kansas. (Applause.) As you know, my mom was born in Wichita. (Applause.) Her mom grew up in Augusta. Her father was from El Dorado. (Applause.) So I’m a Kansas guy. (Applause.) I’m a Kansas guy.

    Now, that helped me in the caucus here in 2008. (Applause.) It didn’t help me as much in the general election. (Laughter.)

    AUDIENCE MEMBER: We’re sorry!

    THE PRESIDENT: Coach Self won 10 straight — I lost two straight here. (Laughter.) But that’s okay. Listen, I love you — and I might have won sections of Lawrence. (Applause.) That’s possible. That’s a possibility. (Laughter.) But, look, this is exactly why I’ve come back to Kansas today.

    On Tuesday, I gave my State of the Union address. (Applause.) And I just want you to know, today I will be shorter. (Laughter.) But I want to begin where I finished on Tuesday, because I talked about in the State of the Union how, over a decade ago, in Boston at the Democratic Convention, I gave a speech where I said there is no liberal America or conservative America, there’s a United States of America. We’re all supposed to be on the same team. (Applause.)

    And I know it can seem sometimes like our politics is more divided than ever; that in places like Kansas, the only blue stands for KU. (Laughter.) And so because of those divisions the pundits in Washington, they hold this up as proof that any vision of a more hopeful politics must be naïve or misguided. But, as I pointed out, I still believe what I said back then. I still believe that we, as Americans, have more in common than not. (Applause.) And I have seen too much of the good, generous, big-hearted optimism of the American people over these past six years to believe otherwise.

    I will never stop trying to make our politics work better. That’s what you deserve, and that’s how we move this country forward. And, Kansas, we’ve got some big things to do together. (Applause.) We’ve got some big things to do.

    We start this year with some good news. Our economy is creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999. (Applause.) Our deficits are shrinking. Energy production is booming. Our troops are coming home. (Applause.) We have risen from recession in a better position, freer to write our own future than any nation on Earth. So now we’ve got to choose what our future will look like. And when I look out at this crowd, it’s your generation in particular that’s going to have to decide what this future looks like. Are we going to accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or do we commit ourselves to an economy that generates opportunity and rising incomes for everybody who’s willing to work hard and make an effort? That’s a choice we’ve got to make. (Applause.)

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/22/remarks-president-middle-class-economics-university-kansas-lawrence-ks

  18. January 21, 2015

    Readout of the President’s Call with President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan

    The President spoke today with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan. The two leaders discussed the strong and comprehensive U.S.-Kazakhstani relationship and partnership for improving global security. They affirmed their shared interest in seeking a peaceful resolution to the situation in eastern Ukraine and agreed on the importance of upholding the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity. The President reiterated that the path to a negotiated resolution of the conflict lies in full implementation of the Minsk Agreement, which Russia has signed. He encouraged Kazakhstan to continue playing an active role in finding a peaceful outcome to the situation in Ukraine.

  19. January 21, 2015

    Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia

    The Vice President met with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia today at the White House. The Vice President and the Foreign Minister discussed a range of regional and global issues. The Vice President thanked the Foreign Minister for Australia’s significant contributions to counter the threat posed by ISIL and help Iraq strengthen its security forces. The Vice President and the Foreign Minister agreed on the strategic and economic value of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the importance of continuing to work together to conclude TPP negotiations as quickly as possible.

  20. January 22, 2015

    Readout of Vice President Biden’s Drop-By with a Visiting Delegation from Iraq’s Anbar Province

    Today, Vice President Biden dropped by White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region Phil Gordon’s meeting with a delegation of Iraqi tribal and provincial leaders from Anbar Province. The delegation includes Anbar Governor Sohaib Al-Rawi, Sheikh Abu Risha, President of the Iraq Awakening Council, and representatives of the Anbar Provincial Council and Sunni Endowment.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/22/readout-vice-president-bidens-drop-visiting-delegation-iraq-s-anbar-prov

  21. January 22, 2015

    Statement by the President on the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

    Forty-two years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Roe v. Wade, a decision that protects a woman’s freedom to make her own choices about her body and her health, and reaffirms a fundamental American value: that government should not intrude in our most private and personal family matters.

    I am deeply committed to protecting this core constitutional right, and I believe that efforts like H.R. 7, the bill the House considered today, would intrude on women’s reproductive freedom and access to health care and unnecessarily restrict the private insurance choices that consumers have today. The federal government should not be injecting itself into decisions best made between women, their families, and their doctors. I am also deeply committed to continuing our work to reduce unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, promote adoptions, and minimize the need for abortion.

    Today, as we reflect on this critical moment in our history, may we all rededicate ourselves to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons.

  22. January 22, 2015

    Statement by the President on the UN General Assembly Meeting on the Rise of Anti-Semitism

    Earlier this week in my State of the Union address, I affirmed our commitment and responsibility as Americans to speak out against the deplorable resurgence of anti-Semitism in certain parts of the world. Today, the United States is joining partners from around the world in doing just that. At the request of the United States and 36 other nations, the United Nations General Assembly will gather to discuss the growing scourge of anti-Semitism. It is the first such meeting of the General Assembly, and an important moment both in confronting this global challenge, and in our ongoing work to promote the universal rights and fundamental freedoms memorialized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/22/statement-president-un-general-assembly-meeting-rise-anti-semitism

  23. YouTube creators Bethany Mota, GloZell Green and Hank Green interview President Obama about the top issues facing them and their audiences

    January 22, 2015

  24. January 22, 2015

    Statement by the President on the Death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

    It is with deep respect that I express my personal condolences and the sympathies of the American people to the family of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and to the people of Saudi Arabia.

    King Abdullah’s life spanned from before the birth of modern Saudi Arabia through its emergence as a critical force within the global economy and a leader among Arab and Islamic nations. He took bold steps in advancing the Arab Peace Initiative, an endeavor that will outlive him as an enduring contribution to the search for peace in the region. At home, King Abdullah’s vision was dedicated to the education of his people and to greater engagement with the world.

    As our countries worked together to confront many challenges, I always valued King Abdullah’s perspective and appreciated our genuine and warm friendship. As a leader, he was always candid and had the courage of his convictions. One of those convictions was his steadfast and passionate belief in the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond. The closeness and strength of the partnership between our two countries is part of King Abdullah’s legacy.

    May God grant him peace.

    • January 22, 2015

      Statement by the Vice President on the Death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

      Jill and I were saddened to learn of the passing of King Abdullah. We extend our sympathies to his family in their moment of loss.

      King Abdullah’s death is a great loss for his country. It is hard to distinguish him from Saudi Arabia itself. Over many decades, he played an outsized role in building his country.

      Over the years, I have come to know King Abdullah. I always appreciated his frankness, his sense of history, his pride in his efforts to move his country forward, and his steadfast belief in the U.S.-Saudi relationship.

      In the coming days, I will be leading a Presidential delegation representing the United States to pay our respects and offer condolences to King Abdullah’s family and nation.

    • January 24, 2015

      Readout of the President’s Call with King Salman bin Abdulaziz of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

      President Obama called King Salman bin Abdulaziz from Air Force One today to personally express his sympathies following the passing of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. King Salman welcomed the news that the President and the First Lady will travel to Riyadh on Tuesday, January 27 to meet with him and other Saudi officials to offer condolences on behalf of the American people.

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