To better understand the plight of immigrants in New York, watch The Immigrant online. The Immigrant is the story of two sisters of Polish origin, Ewa and Magda who come to New York in search of a better life. While Magda is held in quarantine for a lung disease she has contracted, a man named Bruno rescues Ewa from deportation with the intention of pimping her.
When Ewa tries tracing her relatives who are resident in New York, she only ends up in more trouble as the one uncle she manages to find calls the authorities on her claiming he doesnâ€™t want to be associated with a woman of easy virtue.
Ewa is returned to Ellis Island to await deportation. There she gets to see Emil, an illusionist, perform. At the end of his show Ewa gets a white rose from him. The following morning it is Bruno who once again secures her release.
When Ewa next goes to watch Emil perform again, the show ends in a brawl when the male audience begin insulting Ewa. Some time later Emil confesses his feelings for Ewa. This causes a rift between Bruno and Emil to the point that one night they fight and Bruno has to be locked up overnight.
The next time Emil meets with Ewa he vows that he can raise the funds required for Ewa and her sister to get out of New York. Bruno however finds them together. Emil, while meaning to scare off Bruno, removes a gun that is not loaded but Bruno knifes him and he dies. From then on Ewaâ€™s situation in The Immigrant only goes from bad to worse, as the murder Bruno has committed only serves to complicate matters.