Quotes from some of the immigrants. This quote in particular was very sobering........."When we found ourselves at last taken away, death was more preferable than life." Many immigrants came to America to escape extreme hardship in countries such as Russia. Imagine making the long, difficult journey in overcrowded boats with little food to eat, but filled with hope at the possibility of a new life in America - only to be refused entry. How tragic and heartbreaking for them!