Submitted by ub on Sun, 04/19/2015 - 16:43

When Ellis Island opened back in 1892 as a US immigration center, millions of newly arrived immigrants passed through the station during that time. It is said that 40 percent of all current U.S. citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island.

Arrivals from European countries totaled 484,000 in 1910 alone. Then non-Europeans from Syria, Turkey and Armenia. The reasons they left their homes in the Old World included war, drought, famine and religious persecution, and these new Americans had hopes for greater opportunity in the New World.

Back in them days, they were newly arrived immigrants. Now they are classified as illegals. Why? This new wave of unprocessed and unauthorized resident immigrants either entered the United States without inspection, or were admitted temporarily but stayed past the time they were required to leave.

Nearly half of the estimated 13 million illegal aliens, who came to America during this second wave of people looking for a better life arrived legally with temporary, non-immigrant visas. US Homeland Security estimates that around half of America’s illegal population is made up of visa overstays. What happened? There was a time when foreigners were welcome here. What will be the outcome of the unlucky 13?

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