Ellis Island was a group of wooden buildings on a New York island used for funneling massive amounts of immigrants into America. Funded by the US Federal government, after 1892 the former gunpowder station became the place where immigrants arriving to America were registered first before being admitted into the country. Those with physical and mental imperfections were turned away as well as those with lifestyles deemed undesirable such as, prostitutes, polygamists and anarchists. Many immigrants who had emptied their life savings into the voyage were devastated and destitute after being rejected by the American bureaucracy at Ellis Island.
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