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26 Photos that Show What Immigrants Looked Like at Ellis Island

Want to see some cool AF outfits? Well, thank Augustus Sherman, an amateur photographer who worked as a registry clerk on Ellis Island. During the height of immigration into the US during the 19th and 20th centuries, he took several photos of immigrants upon their arrival. From fur vests to awesome Dutch hats and even tattoos, Sherman recorded these traditional awe-producing looks that will give you serious fashion-inspo.

Russian Cossacks

Russian Cossacks
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Basically, these guys were gypsies from the Ukrainian/Russian region who claimed no nation…until they came to America and became Americans.

Women from Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe Women
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Guadeloupe is an island and French territory in the Caribbean Sea that still exists today.

Cossack Man

Cossack Man
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

During the 19th and 20th centuries, there were so many people coming in to the United States that the federal government had to get involved. Sound familiar? Well, you’d be wrong because the government responded in creating Ellis Island to make immigration through New York easier and more efficient. Yes…the federal government once welcomed immigrants because our damn country was built by them.

Dutch Women

Dutch Women
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Here you see three women wearing the traditional bonnets of Holland (now the Netherlands).

Pipers

Pipers
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Complete with fur vests before they were all the rage.

Dutch Children

Dutch Children
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Still wearing the traditional clogs because they just came from Holland.

READ: 9 Ways Immigration has Hurt Young People

Italian Woman

Italian Woman
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Italian Woman

Young Italian Woman
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Pictured with her headdress that you won’t find on many current Italian-American women.

Greek Soldier

Greek Soldier
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Pretty sure we can all agree we don’t see Greek men strolling the streets in this outfit anymore.

Romanian Piper

Romanian Piper
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

The hat might still work today, but the rest of the outfit fell to the wayside as he family became more Americanized.

Romanian Women

Romanian Women
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Their attitude was reflected in the clothing they wore but is probably too hard to find now.

Romanian Shepherd

Romanian Shepherd
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Pretty sure most people now own a coat like this. Yet another thing brought to the US by an immigrant. You’re welcome, America.

READ: Donald Trump Reveals His Plan for Immigration Reform: Everyone GTFO

Ruthenian Woman

Ruthenian Woman
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Ruthenia was a region between Solvakia, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, and Romania. They had a distinct culture different than the Pols or Ukrainians and the region held the name until the mid-1900s.

Lapland Children

More Lapland Children
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Lapland Woman

Lap land Woman
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Lapland Children

Lapland Children
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Lapland is the northern most region of Finland. At the time, it was mainly populated by native people.

Albanian Soldier

Albanian Soldier
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Albania went through a series of different owners from the Byzantine Empire to the Ottoman Empire. It became an independent state in 1912, but suffered intense wars after. Clearly, some people had to flee, you know, for safety…

Slovak Woman and Child

Slovak Woman and Child
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Slovakian Women

Slovakian Women
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Did you know that Eastern Europeans also rocked the headscarf look in the late 19th early 20th century when they were migrating to the US?

Norwegian Woman

Norwegian Woman
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

A woman wanting to be American wearing her country’s traditional garb.

Bavarian Man

Bavarian Man
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

This is an outfit you will probably only see at Oktober Fest, but it was the only clothing this future American knew.

READ: Jorge Ramos Responds to Trump’s Immigration Reform Plan, then Drops the Mic

German Stowaway

German Stowaway
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Basically, an immigrant with blonde hair, light eyes, and freckles.

Algerian Man

Algerian man
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Rocking the turban while pursuing freedom halfway around the world.

Guadeloupean Woman

Guadeloupean Woman
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Hindu Boy

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Seriously, how many cultures have influenced American society? Answer: A LOT.

READ: People Who Cross the Border: See Their Faces and Hear Their Voices

Danish Man

Danish Man
Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Another future American just trying to make a better life for himself and his family.

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is not a contentious topic among Americans. The program offers young adults who entered the U.S. as children relief from deportation and a chance to live out of the shadows. Now that it has been reinstated, Google wants to help some people achieve the dream of being a DACA recipient.

Google is pledging a quarter of a million dollars to help people apply for DACA.

The Trump administration did everything in their power to end DACA. The constant uncertainty has left hundreds of thousands of young people in limbo. The war waged against Dreamers by the Trump administration came to a temporary end when a federal judge ruled that Chad Wolf was illegally installed as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. It invalidated a member from Wolf stating that no new DACA applications would be approved.

Kent Walker, the SVP of Global Affairs, laid out the case for DACA in an essay.

Walker discusses the uncertainty the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients currently face after the tumultuous time for the program. He also touches on the economic hardships that has befallen so many because of the pandemic. With so many people out of work, some Dreamers do not have the money to apply or renew their DACA due to a lack of financial resources. For that reason, Google is getting involved.

“We want to do our part, so Google.org is making a $250,000 grant to United We Dream to cover the DACA application fees of over 500 Dreamers,” writes Walker. “This grant builds on over $35 million in support that Google.org and Google employees have contributed over the years to support immigrants and refugees worldwide, including more than $1 million from Googlers and Google.org specifically supporting DACA and domestic immigration efforts through employee giving campaigns led by HOLA (Google’s Latino Employee Resource Group).”

People are celebrating Google for their decision but are calling on Congress to do more.

Congress will ultimately have to decide on what to do for the Dreamers. There has been growing pressure from both sides of the aisle calling on Congress to work towards granting them citizenship. DACA is a risk of being dismantled at any moment. It is up to Congress to come through and deliver a bill to fix the issue once and for all.

“We know this is only a temporary solution. We need legislation that not only protects Dreamers, but also delivers other much-needed reforms,” writes Walker. “We will support efforts by the new Congress and incoming Administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform that improves employment-based visa programs that enhance American competitiveness, gives greater assurance to immigrant workers and employers, and promotes better and more humane immigration processing and border security practices.”

READ: New DACA Applications Were Processed At The End Of 2020 For The First Time In Years

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Honduran Woman Gave Birth On Bridge Between U.S. And Mexico Border But What Will Happen To Them Next?

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Honduran Woman Gave Birth On Bridge Between U.S. And Mexico Border But What Will Happen To Them Next?

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As the number of parents and children crossing the border continues to increase, driven by violence and poverty in Central America, many are growing desperate while being forced to wait in migrant camps in Mexico. While crossings have not reached the levels seen in previous years, facilities that hold migrants are approaching capacity, which has been reduced because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This is forcing many to check the status of their claims by crossing into the U.S. to speak to border agents. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that more and more women are being forced to give birth in less than ideal situations – putting at risk both the lives of the mother and child.

A migrant woman gave birth on a bridge between U.S.-Mexico border.

According to Mexican border authorities, a Honduran woman gave birth on the Mexican side of the border bridge between Matamoros, Mexico and Brownsville, Texas. The woman was apparently trying to reach the U.S. side, but felt unsteady when she got there and was helped by pedestrians on the Mexican side waiting to cross.

Mexico’s National Immigration Institute said the birth occurred Saturday afternoon on the Ignacio Zaragoza border bridge, also known as “Los Tomates.” It said authorities received an alert from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials regarding “a woman trying to enter the country improperly.”

It said the woman was taken to a hospital in Matamoros, where she was given free care. Her child will have the right to Mexican citizenship.

Hernández is hardly the first woman to give birth while hoping to cross into the U.S.

Just last month, a woman gave birth along the U.S. side of the Rio Grande. She had just crossed the river and her smugglers were yelling at her to keep moving as U.S. Border Patrol agents arrived. But she couldn’t continue, fell to the ground, and began to give birth.

The mother and her her daughter are safe and in good health. “They treated me well, thank God,” said the woman, who didn’t want her name used because she fears retribution if she’s forced to leave the country, in an interview with ABC News.

“There’s so many women in great danger,” Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, told ABC News. “They must really think before they do what they do and risk the life of their unborn child.”

Like so many other women, Hernández was waiting in Mexico under Trump’s cruel immigration policies.

Hernández was reportedly among about 800 migrants sheltering in an improvised riverside camp while awaiting U.S. hearings on their claims for asylum or visas. Other migrants are waiting in Matamoros, but have rented rooms.

Thousands of other migrants are waiting in other Mexican border cities for a chance to enter the U.S. — some for years. The Trump administration has turned away tens of thousands at legal border crossings, first citing a shortage of space and then telling people to wait for court dates under its “Remain in Mexico” policy.

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