This was in response to the flood of immigrants fleeing
persecution in Eastern and Central Europe. Twenty million
immigrants passed through it before it was closed in 1954.
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Editors. "Immigration office opened on Ellis Island". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2010
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=5377, accessed 20 August 2017.]