• Immigrants awaiting inspection in front of Ellis Island's Main Building

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

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  • Ellis Island is open on a limited basis while repairs continue.

    Ellis Island has reopened on a limited basis. Due to the nature of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy parts of the historic Main Building and museum, including most of the exhibits and both elevators, remain closed at this time. More »

Bibliography

Some recommended books:

Ellis Island:

An Ellis Island Bibliography

American Passage by Vincent J. Cannato

Ellis Island (True Books: American History) by Elaine Landau

I Was Dreaming to Come to America: Memories from the Ellis Island Oral History Project by Veronica Lawlor

Arriving at Ellis Island (Landmark Events in American History) by Dale Anderson

Ellis Island (We the People: Modern America Series) by Lucia Raatma

Ellis Island (Cornerstones of Freedom: Third Series) by Melissa McDaniel

Statue of Liberty:

Enlightening the World: The Creation of the Statue of Liberty by Yasmin Sabina Khan

Statue of Liberty (True Books: American History) by Elaine Landau

Did You Know?

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Many government agencies have administered the Ellis Island immigration depot. The Bureau of Immigration, later called the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS), inspected immigrants. The agency was restructured in 2003 under the new Department of Homeland Security and is now 3 entities : U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Citizenship and Immigration Services.