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Inspection room, Ellis Island, between 1900 and 1915.
People lined up in the Inspection Room at Ellis Island

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The First Immigrant Landed on Ellis Island
January 1, 1892

More than 12 million people entered the United States through the Ellis Island immigration center from 1892 to 1954. For 62 years people came to Ellis Island from around the world because they wanted to become American citizens. After the boats docked, immigrants would disembark and walk into the Registry Room where they would see doctors who would check if they had any physical problems and officers who would look over their legal documents. Once they were given the OK to enter, the immigrants were allowed into the United States. Were there other ways to enter the U.S. at this time?
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