Ellis Island officially closed it's doors this day in 1954, after admitting millions of immigrants to the United States. At it peak in 1907, more than one million visitors came to the United States through Ellis Island. When the Immigration Act of 1924 was passed, Ellis Island began to exclusively hold indivduals who had been detained when entering the U.S., including Japanese and German immigrants during World War II. During the early 1950s, many alleged communists and facists were detained at Ellis Island. When Ellis Island closed on November 12, 1954, Arne Peterssen, a merchant seaman from Norway, was the last immigrant to pass through its doors on his way to Manhattan.
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