Ellis Island straddles New York and New Jersey and commemorates the immigrant experience. Millions of American stories began at Ellis Island; by some estimates, 40% of people in the country today have at least one ancestor who entered the U.S. via this station. Though considered a gateway to the American dream, long lines and the threat of detainment and deportation tested the resolve of immigrants, many of whom had already spent days and sometimes months on crowded, unsanitary ships to escape persecution and poverty in their homelands.
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Fact Sheet Climate Change at Northeast Coastal National Parks National parks along the north Atlantic Coast are at the forefront of climate change. As sea levels rise, seasons shift and unpredictable weather bring more frequent and severe storms, our treasured coastal national parks offer some of the best solutions for combating today’s climate threats.