How far would you travel to find a better life?
Between 1892 and 1954, over 12 million immigrants passed through a place in Upper New York Harbor Bay ethereally quiet today called Ellis Island.
Their journey took weeks under the most difficult, often life-threatening conditions?
If you answered “Whatever it takes,” you echo not only their feelings, but the feelings of those immigrants who were tear gassed yesterday trying to break into America illegally at the border with Mexico.
Why? Because they’re dumbly determined and desperate.
Ellis Island afforded immigrants of past generations the opportunity to attain the American dream for themselves as well as ourselves, their descendants.
Ellis Island was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the U.S. and was the United States’ busiest immigrant inspection station for over 60 years.
Ellis Island was opened January 1, 1892. The island was greatly expanded with land reclamation between 1892 and 1934.
Maybe it’s time to reopen Ellis Island on the border with Mexico.
This about it, America.