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Ellis Island:
New Jersey v. New York

Subject: Original jurisdiction; boundary agreements between states

Argued: Jan. 12, 1998

Decided: May 26, 1998
Vote: 6-3
At Issue: Which state, New York or New Jersey, has a greater claim to Ellis Island, America's historic entry point for immigrants?

Decision: The justices voted 6-3 that Ellis Island is mostly in New Jersey, and should be considered mostly Ellis Island, N.J.

Read the full text of the New Jersey v. New York decision at the Findlaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.

Listen to the New Jersey v. New York oral argument in RealAudio at the Oyez Oyez Oyez Web site.

Background from The Post
N.J. Wins Claim to Most of Ellis Island (May 27, 1998)
From Both Sides of the Hudson River, States Present Claims for Ellis Island (Jan. 13, 1998)
Ellis Island, N.J. or N.Y.: This Land Is Whose Land? (Jan. 11, 1998)
Supreme Court to Hear Dispute Over Ellis Island (Sept. 30, 1997)
Supreme Court to Referee Ellis Island Tug-of-War (May 17, 1994)

Sources: The Washington Post, Supreme Court, The United States Law Week (a Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. publication)

© Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company

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