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For the first time since 2001 visitors are once again welcome inside the statue of Liberty's crown today is the first time making.
Major milestone here at the statue Ellis Island by the way attract millions of visitors each year the trust looking to retrace the steps of the immigrants.
The start of their lives in America on a tiny island and change the country forever Eric Shawn.
Takes a look back.
They arrive for a new life in a new country millions of immigrants who stepped on American soil for the very first time -- -- silent.
Today the descendants and the curious also come by loading and searching for their heritage and to marvel at the courage of those who came before.
Nearly 40% of us more than 100 million Americans can Trace our roots back to at least one relative who landed here.
If America was born a Bunker Hill -- constitution hall and mature and on this 27 acre island in the middle of New York Harbor it's beautiful building.
It's kind of awe inspiring.
What they went through to get here we walk the walk the -- people from a hundred years ago it's amazing.
Ellis Island is a symbol.
It's a symbol.
Welcome it's a symbol of opportunity.
Stated -- -- -- the Ellis Island foundation.
The son of Italian immigrants who came through Ellis Island he has devoted his life to making it a permanent landmark.
And a place of pilgrimage for all Americans I saw this country.
This Basque nation in this -- country that had so many opportunities for them as a place to start over.
For so many this is where the American dream again it is the great hall of Ellis Island where millions of immigrants are processed.
From 1892 to 1924.
More than 5000 a day 111000 on one day alone in 1907.
And the hopes and aspirations of all those people live on today and all of us.
I'm very proud to be didn't hurt -- more than men have to listen to salt so what's now 95 left to do but in 1920 she arrived at Ellis Island as a six year old with their parents and brother from Turin Italy.
This is my -- and Domenico.
Did this day this assault -- vividly recalls what she went through.
I do remember that big hole where they're inspecting -- the fitting up on debts.
Hadn't each immigrant.
Would question -- I remember I got my father going -- to death they look people can -- and sat around -- -- -- What he didn't question because these detectives call your name and then you have a -- yeah.
You think the immigrants are terrified you'd think they were scared.
Or a it was a much more for bureaucratic process I think it had to be I think had to be a little bit and being terrified and also exhilarating.
I mean they had just crossed the ocean.
Two to three week trip in steerage class and they are here -- and -- see this great city just out the window they're almost there.
And -- yeah.
As depicted in this Ellis island museum play their rivals your question about any criminal history and possible subversive political leanings.
There also examined for any diseases or mental illness but only 2% or 250000.
Out of seventy million were not allowed him.
-- here's -- grand prize that you became pandering for -- he's handling and he came access this can.
The arrival of my grandfather and great grandparents from Austria.
Are documented at the web -- Ellis Island dot org this site gets an astounding two billion -- a year.
People come here to learn.
And Ellis Island is what America stands for opportunity and freedom freedom from persecution.
Freedom from fear of war or famine and people are coming -- still to come.
And while they're not coming through here as immigrants anymore this place -- testimony.
-- the history of America's -- It is a testimony got in jurors and nearly nine years later still inspires those who lived it couldn't -- just.
-- Leave everything behind and make this trip to come to nice and -- figure may have been that they did it on Ellis Island I'm Eric Sean fox New --
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