The Golden Venture incident raised public awareness of the fact that during the 1990’s thousands of Chinese immigrants were entering the United States without legal documentation. Federal authorizes prosecuted the Golden Venture crew and parties responsible for the smuggling attempt and detained the would-be immigrants.
When the Golden Venture grounded, some passengers dove off the ship into the sea. During the rescue procedure ten people drowned or died of hypothermia and six others escaped. Those surviving were sent to detention centers, where 90 percent of them applied for political
A police rescue boat attempts to removed the last passengers from the Golden Venture as men who have already been rescued watch in the foreground.
The fates of individual survivors varied. The juveniles were transferred to court custody; some were given political asylum in the United States or South America, but many were deported. In February, 1997, President
During the several years that the detainees were incarcerated in York County prison, some of them created more than ten thousand intricate paper sculptures that were later exhibited throughout the United States.
Chin, Ko-Lin. Smuggled Chinese: Clandestine Immigration to the United States. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1999. Kwong, Peter. Forbidden Workers: Illegal Chinese Immigrants and American Labor. New York: New Press, 1997.
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