• 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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Landfill was used to double the size of the original Ellis Island. In 1998, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that New York state could claim the area of the original island (where the Main Immigration Building stands), while the rest of the island belongs to New Jersey.

What state can claim Ellis Island? In 1998 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the area of the original island (where the Main Immigration Building stands) is within New York state, while the part of the island created by landfill belongs to New Jersey. (For the full size map, click on the image.)


Statue of Liberty National Monument, which includes Ellis Island as well as Liberty Island, is a national park in New York Harbor. The park's Public Affairs Office is responsible for media affairs on both islands.

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Did You Know?

Great Hall circa 1900

In its time, Ellis Island was the busiest federal immigration station in America. In 1907, Ellis Island processed 1,004,756 immigrants, a record number for the Immigration stations. April 17, 1907 was the Island's busiest day, when 11,747 immigrants were processed. Today, the US Customs and Border Protection processes over 700,000 visitors daily through 326 official Ports of Entry. More...