What does the length of the boat trip have to do with anything? Do you think we should have different policies for people from the southern part of Mexico that had a longer trip to the border. How about people who travel by boat from Asia.<quoted text>If any were turned back, that was because the ship's doctors may have missed the malady. The United States government made the ship companies responsible for returning any unhealthy people back to their homelands, the ship companies had a doctors check passengers before they boarded. Hmm, imagine that. Who checks the people sneaking in? Have they even had any innoculations...EVER??? Further, their trip to this country took about forty days, but 40 days, but it could take as long as six months. So, it would seem that these folks were doubly checked...can't say the same for the illegals, now can we? Do you honestly think spending all that time in steerage was easy??? Besides which, they were facing the chance of treacherous storms, while some also became seriously ill and died.
You said your family came though Ellis Island in the 1800's. Since vaccinations did not become widely available until the 1920 I have to ask if "they even had any inoculations...EVER???".