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Should we have an Ellis Island? Ellis Ebola Airport?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by stg58, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+ Founding Member

    Locally some folks with "latent TB" have been approved for immigration and public support.
    My grandmother died from TB....
    "Those with visible health problems or diseases were sent home or held in the island's hospital facilities for long periods of time."

    Ellis Island - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Generally, those immigrants who were approved spent from two to five hours at Ellis Island. Arrivals were asked 29 questions including name, occupation, and the amount of money carried. It was important to the American government that the new arrivals could support themselves and have money to get started. The average the government wanted the immigrants to have was between 18 and 25 dollars. Those with visible health problems or diseases were sent home or held in the island's hospital facilities for long periods of time. More than three thousand would-be immigrants died on Ellis Island while being held in the hospital facilities. Some unskilled workers were rejected because they were considered “likely to become a public charge.” About 2 percent were denied admission to the U.S. and sent back to their countries of origin for reasons such as having a chronic contagious disease, criminal background, or insanity.[46] Ellis Island was sometimes known as “The Island of Tears” or “Heartbreak Island”[47] because of those 2% who were not admitted after the long transatlantic voyage. The Kissing Post is a wooden column outside the Registry Room, where new arrivals were greeted by their relatives and friends, typically with tears, hugs and kisses.[48][49]

    Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

    "In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

    Theodore Roosevelt 1907
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2014
  2. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Monkey

    TR......My kind of President!!
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  3. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    I don't see why not.

    Both sets of my parents came through Ellis Island.
  4. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    We quarantine livestock entering the country in Australia to protect the country from economic and environmental harm...I see no reason why the same ought not to apply to humans. The difficulty is that a journey across the Atlantic or Pacific took months in the days of sail, and weeks by motor vessels, allowing sufficient time for infected passengers to present with detectable symptoms before reaching the port of disembarkation. With modern air travel...transits take a day or two at most. Few modern passengers would have the patience for cooling their heels whilst waiting for quarantine clearance. Just waiting to get through the airport scanners is apt to send some folk into an apoplectic rage.
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  5. mysterymet

    mysterymet Monkey+++

    Then they should stay the heck out if our inprocessing is too much for them. Not everyone has the right to immigrate here or any other country. We need to tighten our borders to protect our own people.
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  6. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

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