I have to disagree with Eva Lawrence's characterization of the arriving immigrants as
"a ship full of excitable and exhausted immigrants, some suffering from cholera, perhaps, many of them filthy from the long voyage in a crowded steamship belching smoke and reliant only on sea-water for washing, to realise that the situation at Ellis Island can't have been as orderly as some of you imagine it"
Immigrants that came to the US were fearful of being returned to Europe. So they kept their best clothing for the arrival in the US lest they be judged as a public charge or as having disease. If a family had a member that was ill, they would generally wait until the person was well to travel to avoid being returned to Europe.
Also there were translators available to assist in communications with the arrivals.
Secaucus NJ USA
HASSMAN, SONENTHAL, DAUERMAN, LUCHS - Drohobycz, Ukraine
HIRSCHHORN, GOLDSTEIN, BUCHWALD - Dolyna, Ukraine
ELLMAN, COIRA, MAIDMAN - Minkovtsy, Ukraine
KAGLE, FASS - Ulanow, Poland