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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

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

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

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

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

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

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

Pipers

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Complete with fur vests before they were all the rage.

Dutch Children

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

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

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Italian Woman

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

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

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

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

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

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

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

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Lapland Woman

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

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

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

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

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

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

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

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.

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German Stowaway

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

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

Algerian Man

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Rocking the turban while pursuing freedom halfway around the world.

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.

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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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9-Year-Old Migrant Girl Drowns While Trying to Cross the Rio Grande in the U.S.

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9-Year-Old Migrant Girl Drowns While Trying to Cross the Rio Grande in the U.S.

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On March 20th, U.S. Border Patrol agents found a 9-year-old migrant girl unresponsive along with her mother and sibling on an island in the Rio Grande.

U.S. Border Patrol agents attempted to resuscitate the family. The agents were able to revive the mother and her younger, 3-year-old child. The Border Patrol agents transferred the 9-year-old migrant girl to emergency medics in emergency medics in Eagle Pass, Texas, but she remained unresponsive.

In the end, the 9-year-old migrant girl died–the cause of death being drowning.

The mother of the two children was Guatemalan while the two children were born in Mexico.

The death of the 9-year-old migrant girl is notable because this is the first migrant child death recorded in this current migration surge. And experts worry that it won’t be the last.

And while this is the first child death, it is not the only migrant who has died trying to make it across the border. On Wednesday, a Cuban man drowned while trying to swim across the border between Tijuana and San Diego. He was the second migrant to drown in just a two-week period.

Why is this happening?

According to some reports, the reason so many migrants are heading towards the U.S. right now is “because President Trump is gone”. They believe they have a better chance of claiming asylum in the U.S.

Another factor to take into consideration is that a large number of these migrants are unaccompanied minors. According to migrant services volunteer Ruben Garcia, Title 42 is actually having the opposite effect of its intent. President Trump enacted Title 42 to prevent immigration during COVID-19 for “safety reasons”.

“Families that have been expelled multiple times that are traveling with children,” Garcia told PBS News Hour. “Some of them are making the decision to send their children in by themselves, because they have families someplace in the U.S., and they know their children will be released to them.”

Is there a “border crisis”?

That depends on who you ask. According to some experts, the numbers of migrants heading to the U.S./Mexico border aren’t out-of-the-ordinary considering the time of year and the fact that COVID-19 made traveling last year virtually impossible.

According to Tom Wong of the University of California at San Diego’s U.S. Immigration Policy Center, there is no “border crisis”. “This year looks like the usual seasonal increase, plus migrants who would have come last year but could not,” Wong says.

As the Washington Post explained: “What we’re seeing right now is a predictable seasonal shift. When the numbers drop again in June and July, policymakers may be tempted to claim that their deterrence policies succeeded.”

What is the Biden Administration planning on doing about it?

As of now, it is pretty evident that the Biden Administration has not been handling this migrant surge well, despite ample warning from experts. As of now, President Biden has put Vice President Harris in charge of handling the issues at the border.

As of now, the game plan is still very vague. But in the past, the Biden Administration has stated that they plan to fix the migrant surge at the source. That means providing more aid to Central America in order to prevent further corruption of elected officials.

They also want to put in place a plan that processes children and minors as refugees in their own countries before they travel to the U.S. The government had not tested these plans and they may take years to implement. Here’s to hoping that these changes will prevent a case like the death of the 9-year-old migrant girl.

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Biden Administration’s Handling Of The Border Criticized By Both Sides Of The Aisle

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Biden Administration’s Handling Of The Border Criticized By Both Sides Of The Aisle

The Biden administration inherited more than an out of control pandemic when they got to work in January. The former administration also left the Biden administration an orchestrated crisis at the border. For some, President Joe Biden is not acting fast enough to fix the problem.

President Biden announced that Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the response to immigration at the border.

The approach, according to Politico, is going to be a two-pronged approach to effectively curb irregular immigration. First, the vice president will focus on stopping the migration journey by addressing the issues in the countries that people are fleeing. Particularly, Vice President Harris will be focusing on the issues in the Northern Triangle countries, which are El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

At the same time, the vice president will be working with the countries directly to solve the root problems. Vice President Harris will be working to strengthen the nation’s relations with Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

“I can think of nobody who is better qualified to do this,” President Biden told reporters at the White House.

There is a lot of talk about the U.S.-Mexico border right now from both Democrats and Republicans.

Bruno Lozano, the Democratic mayor of Del Rio, Texas, is calling on the Biden administration to take steps to curb the issue. Mayor Lozano was a guest on Fox News recently and spoke about what he saw as an influx of migrants coming into his town. Mayor Lozano told Fox News that the number of people coming to the border has strained Customs and Border Patrol in his city.

“You have a breach on national security levels that have never before been seen in modern history and you’re not even batting an eye about it, you’re not even calling it a ‘crisis‘, you’re calling it a quote-unquote challenge,” Mayor Lozano, told the New York Post on Sunday. “It’s a slap in the face.”

Some residents of Del Rio are critical of their local leaders shifting blame for their own shortcomings.

The brutal winter storm that recently shut down Texas depleted many municipalities of their resources. Residents in Del Rio are putting the blame on their local leaders who have tried to pass the buck. Weeks after the winter storm crippled Texas, grocery store shelves remained empty and residents felt overlooked.

Mayor Lozano has been pleading with President Biden to step up and help them deal with the influx of migrants. Del Rio has one processing center for migrants and the increase has left the city and the processing facility strained.

The Biden administration has faced backlash after photos of detention centers show people sleeping on floors.

There have been several reports that the Biden administration is building new places to hold migrants that have come to the border seeking asylum. The administration is currently taking in unaccompanied minors who are arriving at the border while preventing other migrants from crossing the border.

The Biden administration promised to change the approach to the border, but Title 42 has been left intact. Title 42, which was enacted by the former administration at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, keeps people from entering the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order that invoked Title 42, which closed the border indefinitely due to public health concerns.

At the root of the attention is the claim that there is a surge of migrants.

Some Republican politicians are claiming that news of more lenient immigration laws is prompting a “surge” of arrivals. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California claims that what is happening is a “crisis … created by the presidential policies of this new administration.”

Yet, a Washington Post report debunks the idea that there is a sudden surge. Rather, what is happening, according to the report, is a usual seasonal trend. CBP has reported a 28 percent increase in apprehensions at the southern border in January and February but data shows an annual spike in migrants from March to May every year.

The issues on the border are complex and will require a lot of time and energy to handle effectively and compassionately. The Biden administration promised to tackle the complex issue of immigration during the campaign.

READ: Biden Is Counting On Mexico’s President To Help With Immigration But That’s A Risky Move

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