Immigration Quotes

Remember, remember always, that all of us... are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.-Franklin D. Roosevelt


What, then, is this new man, the American? They are a mixture of English, Scotch, Irish, French, Dutch, Germans, and Swedes. From this promiscuous breed, that race, now called Americans, have arisen.-J. Hector St. Josh de Crevecouer


In times of shrinking expectations,... everyone feels like a victim and pushes away outsiders to defend his own corner.-Oscar Handlin


Remember that when you say "I will have non of this exile and this stranger for his face is not like my face and his speech is strange," you have denied America with that word.-Stephen Vincent Benet


Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.-Emma Larzarus


Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.-John F. Kennedy


Today a wide-open door is an invitation to national disaster.-FAIR


The church also does not condone a broken immigration system in the U.S., one that too easily can lead to the exploitation, abuse and even death of immigrants.-Roger Mahony


The current diversity visa program does a disservice to our immigration policy and to those immigrants who have moved through the more traditional process that allows them to lawfully reside in this country.-William L. Jenkins


The Democratic Party looks at massive immigration, legal and illegal, as a source of voters.-Tom Tancredo


The divergence of songs in the new population away from those in the progenitor population would only be prevented if these processes were balanced by repeated immigration and subsequent breeding: song flow.-Peter R. Grant


The economic impact of illegal immigration on taxpayers is catastrophic.-Ric Keller


The immigration thing has to be brought to a head, and I feel that the best way to do that is endorse the worst, in the sense of he is a racist and he knows what I'm talking about.-Tom Metzger


The issues surrounding illegal immigration are wide-ranging and complex, but there is no question about the need to secure our borders.-Roger Wicker


The majority of surveys throughout this Nation show that the American people are advocating for a comprehensive and realistic approach to immigration reform.-Raul Grijalva


The point of our demographics is that we're not having as many children and the population is stagnant, if not declining. So without immigration, we're not going to have the population.-Susan Oliver


The President would usually talk to me about matters relating to the immigration problem.-Erich Leinsdorf


The promise of America is one immigration policy for all who seek to enter our shores, whether they come from Mexico, Haiti or Canada, there must be one set of rules for everybody. We cannot welcome those to come and then try and act as though any culture will not be respected or treated inferior. We cannot look at the Latino community and preach "one language." No one gave them an English test before they sent them to Iraq to fight for America.-Al Sharpton


The Republican Party looks at massive immigration, legal and illegal, as a source of cheap labor, satisfying a very important constituency.-Tom Tancredo


The tide of immigration in Canada has not been as great as along our frontier. They have been able to allow the Indians to live as Indians, which we have not, and do not attempt to force upon them the customs which are distasteful to them.-Nelson A. Miles


There are many domestic issues that give us a lot of common ground to work on. Health, education and immigration are among the areas where we share mutual goals and aspirations. There are also many values that we share as a communities.-Robert Menendez


There is so much work to be done to treat gays and lesbians and gay and lesbian couples with the respect that they're entitled to. They deserve, in my judgment, partnership benefits. They deserve to be treated fairly when it comes to adoption and immigration.-John Edwards


There's never a good year for immigration reform - that's why it's dragged on ineffectually for decades.-Kenneth E. Scott


Therefore, if we are a Nation of laws and a Nation of immigrants, immigration should occur within a legal framework, not through the machinations of illegal schemes and scams that threaten our national security.-J. D. Hayworth


These are busy times for the Border Patrol, the customs agents, immigration folks; but if we are going to send these agencies to fight a war on drugs, to fight a war against illegal behavior, we have to send them the proper tools.-Bob Filner


They view massive immigration as a massive infusion of potential voters for the Democratic Party, and therefore will do nothing, absolutely nothing to stop that flow of legal or illegal entrance into the country.-Tom Tancredo


This type of mass influx is simply too much to handle. What we've had since the disaster of the 1965 Immigration Act will take 100 years or more to absorb.-Peter Brimelow


Immigration enthusiasts are so hysterical.-Peter Brimelow


Immigration in America is a highly polarized issue and there are passionate views on both sides.-Spencer Bachus


Immigration is a good thing. We should make that as easy as possible.-Gary Johnson


Immigration is not just compatible with but is a necessary component of economic growth.-Dave Reichert


Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery.-Jack Paar


Immigration should be enforced in a proportional and humane manner.-Roger Mahony


In 1939 I hadn't even realized that this was an immigration problem.-Leslie Charteris


In the beginning I had a real work problem. Every time I had job I had to convince the immigration authorities I was the only man for that job and get a special work permit until I went under contract to MGM.-Rod Taylor


It is not more people that are needed in the world but better people, physically, morally and mentally. This question of raising the quality of our American population must also be taken into account in the question of immigration.-Agnes E. Meyer


It is our hope that in future discussions with the Mexican government, you will encourage Mexico to do its part to address illegal immigration rather than encourage their citizens to illegally enter the U.S.-Elton Gallegly


It is the purpose of the majority of the Immigration Committee to encourage assimilation, yet this bill has already done more than anything I know of to bring about discord among our resident aliens.-Emanuel Celler


It is vitally important that we implement immigration reform. We need a bill that strengthens our borders and protects this nation, but that also makes it simpler for good people to become Americans.-Dave Reichert


It's also very important in Latin America. If we can deal with the drug problem there, some of their strife there, it's less likely we have immigration problems here.-Anthony Weiner


It's clear that we need comprehensive immigration reform.-Bob Inglis


Jewish immigration in the 20th century was fueled by the Holocaust, which destroyed most of the European Jewish community. The migration made the United States the home of the largest Jewish population in the world.-Jon Porter


Legislation passed in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 enhanced our intelligence capabilities and strengthened our national defense, but until now our nation's immigration policies have not adapted to the needs of a post-September 11th world.-Chris Chocola


Mexican immigration poses challenges to our policies and to our identity in a way nothing else has in the past.-Samuel P. Huntington


Mexico takes a hard line on immigration, demanding that visitors to her shores enter lawfully, and show her respect during their stay.-John Linder


More and more Americans are asking about the price that we have to pay when Wal-Mart comes into a community, treats workers poorly, violates immigration laws and squashes small businesses.-Anthony Weiner


Moreover, from reforming the tax code to our immigration system, to commonsense legal reform, President Bush put America on notice that he will continue fighting to make the country, and the world, a better place for future generations.-Jim Sensenbrenner

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