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Dist. 21 students study immigration to create own reform proposal

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Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno visits Riley School.

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Mason Hogan carries his passport, and all his earthly possessions, while waiting to be processed at Ellis Island.

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Jack Cadre hoists his luggage as he and other immigrants crowd the ship's steerage while coming to America.

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Molly Abrams is examined by a doctor, who will determine whether she can remain in the U.S. or must return to Europe.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Austeja Dauneckis waits with her luggage on a ship taking her to America.

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Isabella Delaney is handed her papers while being processed at Ellis Island.

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Dressed in old-fashioned shawls and hats, and clutching their passports while juggling cardboard boxes that served as their suitcases, the students filed through processing and inspection stations -- to be approved, detained or deported. Ellis Island closed in 1954, but second-graders at Riley School in Arlington Heights experienced all of its uncertainties and tension firsthand earlier this month.
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    • Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno visits Riley School.
    • Mason Hogan carries his passport, and all his earthly possessions, while waiting to be processed at Ellis Island.
    • Jack Cadre hoists his luggage as he and other immigrants crowd the ship’s steerage while coming to America.
    • Molly Abrams is examined by a doctor, who will determine whether she can remain in the U.S. or must return to Europe.
    • Austeja Dauneckis waits with her luggage on a ship taking her to America.
    • Isabella Delaney is handed her papers while being processed at Ellis Island.
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