LIFE.com offers a series of rare photos by Alfred Eisenstaedt from the place that came to be known as "the island of hope and tears."
tim: Disgusting!!! The racist, xenophobic Canadians had better open their hearts, borders and wallets to these victims!! These people are entitled to live in Canada, plus receive free Canadian healthcare, free education, free transportation, free food, free shelter, free clothing, free vacations, free phones, plus a guaranteed minimum income!! The greedy, uncaring, xenophobic, racist Canadians had better start respecting and granting the basic human rights that these undocumented Canadians are entitled to