It still wasn't a free pass. How many illegals get inspected today? How many have to answer any questions at all? The immigrants who went through ellis island were peasants, poor people who had no free help. They paid thier way, worked hard, played by the rules and became naturalized citizens. Some found it too hard and went back. Realize also that the steam boat trip took a month with quarters in steerage (disease ridden, one bathroom for 4 families, bunking cramped 3 to 4 high). That was an ardous voyage. It was kinda like a litmus test for the immigrant. Surviving the trip was the first test of the immigrant. It was a heck of a lot more difficult than just jumping in a car and driving across a countries<quoted text>
The inspection process at Ellis Island was not nearly as difficult as people make it out to be. There were a total of 23 questions and doctors were allotted six seconds to conduct an examination. The entire process took between two hours and five hours and more than 98% of people were allowed to enter. Others were sent to a quarantine area for a couple of day observation if they appeared to be sick. Nobody was monitored after entry.
It has been said that if past immigrants had to go through the processes in place now then 90% of immigrants would have never come here.
Conversely if we built welcome centers at the border and told people there was a 98% chance that they could immigrant legally within two hours it is unlikely that many people would enter illegally.
I feel as if your comment is denigrating the effort, resolve, and dedication of those who immigrated and were detetmined to do it the right way or die trying.