From 1892 12 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island. Last Friday, March 30, the processing station once again opened its doors to immigrants .
Over 150 immigrants, including 30 members of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR), attended a hearing organized by the House immigration subcommittee to discuss the issue of 12 million undocumented immigrants presently in the USA.
The statue of Annie Moore, the 15-year old from Cork Ireland who was the first immigrant through Ellis Island in 1892, stands nearby.
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, the California Democrat who is chairperson of the subcommittee, thought it apt to hold the first of several planned hearings at Ellis Island, where over 40 percent of Americans can trace their roots.