"An unaccompanied child migrant was the first person in line on opening day of the new immigration station at Ellis Island. Her name was Annie Moore, and that day, January 1, 1892, happened to be her 15th birthday. She had traveled with her two little brothers from Cork County, Ireland, and when they walked off the gangplank, she was awarded a certificate and a $10 gold coin for being the first to register. Today, a statue of Annie stands on the island, a testament to the courage of millions of children who passed through those same doors, often traveling without an older family member to help them along."
Thousands of young illegal immigrants waited in long lines yesterday for the chance to remain legally in the U.S. for the next two years.
Obama signed an executive order in June allowing the children of illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. before turning 16 and are now under the age of 31 to come out of the shadows and apply for the temporary legal status.
After coming to America 12 years ago at the age of 10, Abel Gomez has already received his GED in New York, and hopes to go on to college in the U.S. to study accounting.
“I’m so excited,” Gomez, 22, told The Daily at the Mexican consulate in New York City. “It’s the opportunity that a lot of people are waiting for.”