Most immigrants that wanted to come to the U.S. would cross by either train or boat and when they arrived at the coast they would get transported to Ellis Island across the Atlantic. The trip there would take from one to two weeks. The ships were vey crowded and dirty so they would be tired when they get to the harbor.
health officers would board the ship and check for diseases and then would start to check the first and second class passengers for health issues. once they pass the inspection they enter the facility and are handed ID tags most of them would struggle to get of the boat with there bags and trunks. They would then be taken upstairs to the registry room to be legally inspected.
In the registry room they would inspect the passengers to so if they had trouble walking, breathing, or any other health issues. in the registy room they would also check for a disease called trachoma that is highly contagious. the room was so big that they nicknamed the great hall and the immigrants have never seen a place so big.
The doctors of Ellis island found out a way to find immigrants who needed medical attention. immigrants were marked with chalk they put a "X" for denoted insanity and a "P"for denoted pulmonary. immigrants who passed the six second exam would go farther through the metal rails.
In the legal inspection room the interpreters would ask the immigrants questions like "ware were you born" or "are you married." The detainees would live in the dormitory rooms. they sometimes would wait a few days to a month because of medical reasons.
After the medical and legal inspection the immigrants would go to another staircase at the end if the great hall, the stair case had three isles the center one would lead to the detained immigrants the right side was for immigrants traveling west or south the left side was for New York and the North. the kissing post was were the loved ones and families would meet.