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Millions of files containing detailed information about U.S. immigrants — including their spouses' names, as well as personal photographs and letters — will soon become available to the public through a federal facility in suburban Kansas City.
Historians and others say the records, called Alien Registration files, or A-files, provide insight on immigrants who arrived in the U.S. after 1944. Long considered temporary files by U.S. immigration officials, the documents could have been destroyed after 75 years.