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Many of the immigrants on the boat were destitute in American standards, illiterate, and only spoke broken English. It was a scary journey to a brand new place. After long weeks of journeying we arrived at Ellis Island.
At Ellis Island we were tagged with information from the ships registry. We then had to wait and go through long lines to receive medical and legal inspections. These inspections would determine if we could enter the United States.
Most immigrants settled near the port of entry they came through. My family settled in New York. In New York I began to work as a domestic servant. 75-80% of domestics in New York City were Irish, and 50% percent of all Irish women were domestics. My brother started working as a day-laborer, while my mother became a laundress. We work hard to make a good life in America. We live in a tenement house with many other families. We do face discrimination for being immigrants and Catholic. It's hard but I believe I have my family now has a better life!
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