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ANGEL ISLAND STATE PARK (CBS/AP) – Angel Island celebrated the 100th anniversary of the opening of its immigration station, which was once referred to as the Ellis Island of the West.

To mark the anniversary, 25 immigrants were sworn in as new U.S. citizens on Friday at a special ceremony on the island.

Among them were people from the Philippines, Kenya, China, India, France and Somalia.

The group was given a tour of the island’s detention center, where immigrants were interviewed before entering the country from 1910 to 1940.

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants, mostly from Asia, were detained there for days, weeks and sometimes months by officials intent on upholding federal laws restricting immigration from China and elsewhere.

(© CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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