"Descendants of Ellis" Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Tip by Tijavi

Ellis Island is arguably the most important symbol of the positive benefits of immigration - even today. Official estimates indicate that 4 out of 10 Americans can trace their ancestry to at least one Ellis Island immigrant. That's 40% of 300+ million.

A tour of Ellis Island is essential to understanding - in my own peculiar way - why these immigrants were so successful in populating a massive expanse of land mass, and helping make it into a global superpower.

The stringent physical and mental examination done on these immigrants means that only the fittest get to start a new life in the new world (the island has a rejection rate of 2%, according to Wikipedia).

This "survival of the fittest theory" perhaps explains why so many Americans are descendants of Ellis Island immigrants? What do you think?

Address: In the Hudson River
Directions: South Ferry at Battery Park - Take the #5 train to Bowling Green or #1 to South Ferry
Phone: +1 212-363-3200
Website: http://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm

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  • Updated Feb 10, 2012
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