Ellis Island Will Now Include the History of Latinos & Asians

Ellis Island Will Now Include the History of Latinos & Asians

The Ellis Island Museum is unveiling a new exhibition next month that will include the stories of immigrants who came to the United States at the start of this century. 

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The museum is broadening its mission to showcase the country's entire migration history and not just the time between 1892 and 1954. 

"It makes the museum continue to be important, relevant," Stephen Briganti, president and CEO of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, said to Fox News Latino"Why stop in 1954? There's a whole new group of people. What about their stories?" 

The new exhibition also includes issues surrounding entering the United States. There is even a section on illegal immigration. 

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"Our goal is to show how people got to this country, and what they did when they got here," Briganti said. 

Not only will the museum include the history of Latinos and Asians but it is also taking on a new name. 

The museum is going from the Ellis Island Immigration Museum to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. 

Ellis Island "is symbolic of arrival, of welcome, the opportunity for a new life," Briganti said. "All those things add into the importance of Ellis Island as a symbol and a place to tell the story."