From crossing the Atlantic Ocean in steamships to the medical and legal exams, Kilmeade learned about the journey step-by-step alongside immigration attorney Michael Wildes and park ranger Matt Housch.
“Can you imagine the butterflies? As you know, this is going to be the moment. There’s no guarantee you’re going to get into America. But now, the process starts,” Kilmeade said.
Expanding from 3 to over 20 acres, Ellis Island served as an immigration station for over 60 years. Kilmeade noted in the season eight episode that 40% of all Americans can trace a piece of their heritage back to Ellis Island.
“Over 12 million people would come to this Island from the years 1892-1954, all with a similar dream: they wanted to be an American,” Kilmeade explained. “Whether they were fleeing poverty or oppression or just wanted a fresh start, they would steam here into New York and the first thing they would see is the Statue of Liberty.”