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The New Immigration In 1886 the statue of Liberty Enlightening the World a gift from the people of France was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland Set at the entrance to New York the statue was just in time to greet the biggest migration in global history Between 1880 and World War I about 22 million men women and children entered the United States More than a million arrived in each of the years 1905 1906 1907 1910 1913 and 1914 Not everyone had to travel in steerage Passengers who could afford the expense paid for first- or second-class quarters Upon arrival these immigrants were examined by courteous officials who boarded the ships at anchor But those in steerage were sent to a holding center for a full physical and mental examination The facility at Ellis Island which opened in 1892 could process up to 5000 people a day On some days between 1905 and 1914 it had to process more than 10000 immigrants a day Many arrivals had left their homelands to escape mobs who attacked them because of their ethnicity religion or politics The German Russian Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Turkish empires ruled over many different peoples and nationalities and often cruelly mistreated them Until 1899 US immigration officials asked arrivals which nation they had left not their religion or ancestry So oppressed people were listed under the countries from which they fled Armenians who escaped from Turkey were recorded as Turks and Jews who had been beaten by mobs in Russia were listed as Russians This so called new immigration was different in many other ways from previous immigration
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