They arrived on ships full of people after days of crossing, and when they finally saw land they were exhausted and exhausted, grateful for having made it, desperate for what they had left behind.
To accommodate them were built buildings with canteens, dormitories, clinics, laundries, offices, luggage rooms.
Apart from the shops nothing seemed different from a small border town.
At the rate of 3,500 per day, people who had travelled in terrible, humane or simply acceptable conditions were passing through the island.
The last two, those of First and Second class, were inspected directly on boats, in a large port on the Continent, while the Others, those of Third class were housed in structures built specifically for them.
A “Triage” of gross per capita income.
Within seconds it was decided who among them had the title to stay alive.
Often for health reasons rejected, the children of those who were not recognized the right to continue hoping were welcomed, in dormitories, fed, warmed up and enrolled in schools where they learned the new language.
They mainly inspected eyes, teeth, epidermis.
Symptoms of infections, contagious diseases, intellectual disabilities were investigated.
Signal of a mental abnormality.
Everything lasted only a few seconds: value judgments, strength, skills at work, which had little to do with visits, rights, health.
The delinquent man, The Criminal Woman, was not insults, but Diagnostic manuals.
Criminal anthropology, Scientific positivism, Genetic abnormalities, Hereditary pathologies.
Determinist theories, their author disbarred, his thought never fully deposed.
In a large number of cases religious persecution alone was a valid reason for welcoming.
A first wave escaped from special laws, a second from red persecution.
Others, most of them, from poverty that knows neither god nor mercy whatsoever.
Economic migrants, they called them.
Some of them, several of their children, received awards for their research.
Nobel Prize for Medicine, Physics, Humanities.
Proceeds from the sale of explosives compensated the human race for the victims of wars, accidents, work.
They will be remembered over the centuries for thousands and millions of lives saved, for discoveries that will make human knowledge something a little less nebulous and uncertain, expanding the very concept of infinite space.
Planted in the center of the island, landing from the blue of the infinite sea, wayfarers of the desert improvised sailors, parents unaware of the glory and misery ready to welcome them, After months of horizons always equal to themselves, they were able to glimpse the borders of the New World, sinuous profiles of freedom.
But it wasn’t a mirage.
It was a statue.”
The letter, which describes the phenomenon of migration from Europe to America, is kept in the Museum of Space Explorers, inside the LHR*, the spacecraft built thanks to the World Monetary Fund set up after the promulgation of the Law that sanctioned the stop to the production and sale of any type of weapon, a few centuries after the understanding of the principle of human equality.
All the peoples of the Earth then re-united in the search for what was different from them, suddenly attracted by the same concept that once divided them.
Probably written by a rescuer of the time or a simple witness of the facts, refers to the events that took place in Ellis Island, where in a few decades at the turn of the ‘900 passed over 20,000,000 European Human specimens, including Germans and Italians, of the Muslim or Christian Jewish religion, 8,000,000 of which were welcomed by New York City alone.
The progenitors of our species, rescued by our ancestors during a cosmic storm, decided to take it with them as a lucky charm, while they crossed celestial seas hoping to find themselves welcoming them in other galaxies peoples with an alienity at least similar.
Planet One, 16′ month of the year 3023
*Last Human Resource