When the family entered Ellis Island, they did a long process so they could be able to stay.
You can enter America:
Stairs Of Separation
You need to go back to your country:
I am so happy we are able to stay in America! but where are we gonna live?
I have a sister that came here 5 years ago, we can stay in her department, is right there in that tenement.
You can stay here as long as you want! And there are a lot of available works at mills around the area.
We had come here because in our home, there is a potato famine, and what we most eat is potato.
Thank you so much for letting us stay here sister!
And that was the story of a family who immigrated to America... But not everyone is so lucky to have a family member already living in America, some people even had to sleep in the streets until they could afford a department. The family lived in the sister's department for one year, after that, they had save enough money to afford their own department!