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ELLIS ISLAND IS A SYMBOLIC REMINDER OF AMERICA’S HERITAGE AS THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY. A LEGENDARY HISTORY OF WELCOMING THOSE IN SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE. THE PLACE THAT ONCE STOOD AS THE GATEWAY TO THE AMERICAN DREAM.

BUT NOT EVERYONE WANTS TO SEE A NEW WAVE OF IMMIGRANTS AS PART OF THE AMERICAN FUTURE. WHEN IT COMES TO THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE, IT’S PERSONAL.

VIRTUALLY ALL OBSERVERS AGREE THAT THE U.S. IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IS BROKEN. DESPITE SPENDING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS SINCE THE MID-1990S TO FORTIFY THE SOUTHWEST BORDER WITH MEXICO, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN UNABLE TO SLOW THE PACE OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION OR SUCCEED IN EFFECTIVELY STRENGTHENING BORDER SECURITY. RATHER, THE PRINCIPAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE “ENFORCEMENT ONLY” STRATEGY OF THE PAST 10 YEARS HAVE BEEN THE RAPID GROWTH OF THE IMMIGRANT-SMUGGLING BUSINESS AND AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF IMMIGRANTS WHO DIE WHILE CROSSING THE BORDER.

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