,.-~*'¨¯Ellis Island, the gateway to America¯¨'*•~-.¸
LOCATION: New York Harbor off the New Jersey coast
SIZE: 3.3-acre island then enlarged with landfill increased area to 27.5-acre
NAME ORIGIN: merchant Samuel Ellis owned the land in the 1770s
America's first federal immigration center: 1892-1954
PEAK IMMIGRATION YEARS: between 1892 and 1924
% DENIED ADMITTANCE INTO THE US: 2%
First- and second-class passengers submitted to a brief shipboard inspection and then disembarked at the piers in New York or New Jersey.
Third class passengers underwent medical and legal inspections at Ellis Island.
On NOVEMBER 12, 1954, Ellis Island closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants.
An estimated 40 percent of all Americans can trace their roots through Ellis Island.
WORLD WAR I: Ellis Island was used as a detention center for suspected enemies and as a deportation center for illegal immigrants.
CONGRESS passed quota laws: the Immigration Act of 1924.
WORLD WAR II: It was a hospital for wounded soldiers and a Coast Guard training center.
In 1965, Lyndon Johnson removed quotas through the Hart-Cellar Act. The Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 quadrupled Asian immigration.
,.-~*'¨¯¨'*•~-.¸Ellis Is Immigration Museum,.~*'¨¯¨'*•~-.¸
RENOVATION began: 1984
OPENED: September 1990
# of VISITORS: Almost 2 million people each year
WEBCAMS: Five cameras, with unobstructed LIVE views of the NYC skyline, exceptional views of the Hudson River, ships in New York Harbor and Lady Liberty, allow people around the world to see panoramic images from any computer or smart phone.
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