Early Italians Arriving at Ellis Island Needed Help

More than 12 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954. With a peak of 1,004,756 entering the U.S. in 1907 alone, most were Italians. In fact, most Italian immigrants arriving at Ellis Island in 1907 were processed in a few hours. “It varied from person to person, but for 80 percent, the process took a few hours, and then they were out and through,” writes Vincent Cannato In “American Passage: The History of Ellis Island.” “But it could also take a couple days, a couple weeks, a couple months or, in some rare cases, a


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