“You won’t have a friend in the world, Eddie! Even those who understand will turn against you, even the ones who feel the same will despise you!” (Alfieri to Eddie, Act II)
Alfieri is telling Eddie not to betray Marco and Rodolpho to immigration. This highlights the ironic conflict between law and justice. Alfieri is a lawyer, and is telling Eddie not to call the police on illegal immigrants. In addition, this shows the importance of pride and community - Alfieri claims that Eddie would lose the respect of his whole community, thus showing how important a threat this is. In addition, Alfieri is shown to be all-knowing, as he predicts exactly what will happen.