Syrian Refugees in Speakers Corner May 7, 2016 billvon>Except that the door for the "poor, tired and weary" was closed a while back. Yep. My grandparents showed up at Ellis Island with no visa, application or paperwork other than their Irish citizenship papers. They just expected to be able to move to the US and start a new life. Today that would make them criminals. Well, except for that whole checking in at Ellis Island thing.