• 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 remain closed at this time. The museum's artifacts remain in off-site storage. More »

Laws & Policies

Firearms in National Parks

The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010.

  • Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws.
  • The role of the responsible gun owner is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws appropriate to the park they are visiting.
  • Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances.

For more information:

www.nps.gov/nero/firearms/

 

Proclamation 3656

Ellis Island became part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and the National Park Service on May 11, 1965. Read the full proclamation and see the original document here.

 
Top of page 1 of 3 of Proclamation 3656 from 1965; gray-looking paper with black typewriter text

Proclamation 3656 added Ellis Island to the Statue of Liberty National Monument

National Archives and Records Administration

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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.