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Arili Castillo-Cortes Immigration

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BC: The End!!!!!! That was my story of how I got to America!

FC: My Journey To America! | By:Arili Castillo-Cortes

1: August 23, 1919 Hi my name is Margret Rechzet I am 7 years old and I come from Poland. I love to sing and I am good at drawling. I love to draw the sun sets and I love to sing to my family and my friends. My teachers name is Mrs. Case She is a very nice teacher and I thought we were never going to leave Poland. But then I found out that I was going to move to a place called America. I had heard of a place called America but I was too young to understand that. When I asked my older brother he said that it was a land where there was freedom and many opportunities. The more I heard the more I wanted to go. But at the same time I was going to miss my teacher my friends and items I left behind. We were only allowed to pack I luggage per person. | My Journey Starts

2: I was figuring out what I would of need in America. I brought with me a pair of shoes, my award for being on time at school, my photograph of me and my whole family at the farm and my first book bag I had gotten for school and last but not least my money and of course some clothes thats just common sense right there. Before I left to get my train I said bye to all my friends and told them that this was not good bye that this was see ya next time. The thing is I hate saying good bye I would rather say see you next time or see you another day. Then I was already to hit the road. I was ready to go to America!

3: That is one my shoe that I wore on the day we were leaving my home Poland. | That is my suit case that I brought to America. In that suit case I had clothes my book bag,photograph I had of my whole family ect. | That is my money that I brought with me!To America. | That is one of the map I used To get to places In Poland.

4: When I saw Ellis Island | January 21,1920 The next morning I woke up on a train. I was very tired and sleepy. I had brought with me my notebook and my pencil and I started sketching a statue. I didn't know why I sketched a statue but for some reason I did. I wanted to get my mind off of things like new culture new friends and even new food. I love to eat and try new things. I was wondering in my mind what is it like? Is there socks? Is there stores? How did America look like? Was I still going to sing? I had so many questions.

5: To Ellis Island Belongs to Margret | My boat ticket | My train ticket | That is part of the train that I road in order to get to the boat to Ellis Island. | Part of the boat I road to Ellis Island the boat was the most miserable place I have been.

6: Before I knew it was time to go on to a boat. I felt so good inside I felt I was going to go to my other home. When we arrived at the boat my family and I followed a man onto our room. We were ready to go to America! All the time I would go up on the deck to witch the wind blow my hair and just the sea move by. I felt like I was in a heaven of blue because there was blue water everywhere I saw land and a statue that was green . I looked like the statue I had drawn and then my mom was crying and I asked her why she said it is tears of joy!

7: That is a photo of when I first saw Ellis Island.

8: Arrival At Ellis Island | February 4,1920 I was so excited to step foot on my new home! I was full of joy! Before we were going to whats called a city we first had to go pass these tests. We left our baggage at the baggage room and we headed to the medical exam and other tests. Two officials were asking a lot of questions to my mother and father like what they did for a living in Poland and what their plans were for coming to America. My parents had to take a suit case up a stair case and if they struggled they were sent back to Poland.

9: This is were we waited in till we were called for the examination test. | This is the baggage room were people put there luggage.

10: But the past that test and next was the medical exam. My older brother went first. He only took about 2 minutes. Next was my father then my mother then was my turn. Then we said that we all pasted the medical exam and that we had to go to the great hall. They checked my parents record and if they committed any crime they were rejected. Then we were sent to a hall were we had to exchange our homeland dollars and bought tickets for our train. Then we boarded a ferry to New Jersey, where our Journey would begin. Our New Home.

11: My Poland Money. | My tickets to the train. | This is what I got in exchange for the coin. | When We were done with the check up I was really Hungry and then we went to a place were we ate bananas and cake and white bread ect.

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