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To read this 100-year-old article is to understand that the inhumane conditions of today's alien detention centers on the Southwest border are a part of a larger continuum in American history. This article addressed the atrocious conditions that could be found at Ellis Island in 1921:

"Go down to Ellis Island! You will find:"

Immigrants herded like cattle in the ill-ventilated, fetid detention-room.
No separate quarters provided for mothers with babies in arms.
Vermin on the walls and floors of detention-room and in dormitories.
Immigrants forced to sleep indiscriminately two in a bed or on the floors.
Only 1,100 beds, although the overnight population averages from 2,000 to 3,000 and often is as high as 4,500.
No mattresses for beds - only blankets spread over strips of steel; bunks built in tiers, three high.
Only six bathtubs for use of all the women and small children.
No bathtubs for men; thousands forced to use sixteen shower/bathtubs.
Lavatories so inadequate that they are a menace to the general health.
Many wash-basins on the upper level lack a water supply.
Water pumps that are thoroughly inadequate to combat fires..
Only 40 medical inspectors to examine the thousands who pour-in weekly.

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''Making the Immigrant Unwelcome'' (Literary Digest, 1921)

''Making the Immigrant Unwelcome'' (Literary Digest, 1921)

''Making the Immigrant Unwelcome'' (Literary Digest, 1921)

''Making the Immigrant Unwelcome'' (Literary Digest, 1921)

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