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The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples. Walter Lippmann
America is not a melting pot. It is a sizzling cauldron. Barbara Mikulski
Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity. Jeb Bush
America, thou half-brother of the world; with something good and bad of every land. Philip James Bailey
It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans. America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it. Eric Hoffer
The only kind of coercion I recommend is mutual coercion, mutually agreed upon by the majority of the people affected. Garrett Hardin
There's no doubt that Mexican men and women full of dignity, willpower and a capacity for work are doing the work that not even blacks want to do in the United States. Vicente Fox
I have no further use for America. I wouldn't go back there if Jesus Christ was President. Charlie Chaplin
I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and who have lived here even though sometime back they may have entered illegally. With regard to the employer sanctions, we must have that not only to ensure that we can identify the illegal aliens, but also, while some keep protesting about what it would do to employers, there is another employer that we shouldn't be so concerned about, and these are employers down through the years who have encouraged the illegal entry into this country because they then hire these individuals and hire them at starvation wages and with none of the benefits that we think are normal and natural for workers in our country, and the individuals can't complain because of their illegal status. We don't think that those people should be allowed to continue operating free. Ronald Reagan
We are certainly the Lord's firstborn in this wilderness. William Stoughton
Xenophobia is not what this country stands for but it is what it is built on. Stacy Schiff
The Mexican government may not want to announce it publicly, but what it is doing is managing the conquest (they'd say the re-conquest, La Reconquista) of the United States through the displacement of one population by another. The displacement has been going on for decades now and in some parts of the Southwest (excuse me, Mexico) is almost complete. In some areas only Spanish is spoken. In others, federal enforcement of immigration laws is not allowed. In all of them, Mexicans remain Mexicans while Americans are pushed out. Samuel Todd Francis
If immigrants are unhappy in France then it is time for them to leave. Nicolas Sarkozy
Larado and Neuvo Larado are not separated but are joined by a common border. 12 thousand trucks cross the border at Larado every day. People shop on both sides of the border. Families are on both sides. Putting up a fence will not work. Illegal aliens will tunnel under it and climb over it. I am going to go into the ladder business. You don’t turn your back on and separate yourself from your friends. Raul Salinas
There will always be some people who think for themselves, even among the self-appointed guardians of the great mass who, after having thrown off the yoke of immaturity themselves, will spread about them the spirit of a reasonable estimate of their own value and of the need for every man to think for himself. Immanuel Kant
What I observe are the proud descendants of some of the most remarkable explorers and settlers who ever lived. We carry the cultural and historical inheritance of ocean navigators of peerless skill and their courageous kin who crossed vast distances before the tribes of Europe had ventured forth from their small part of the earth. Our forebearers populated islands scattered over the world's greatest stretch of water, covering a fifth of the planet's surface. It was one of the most amazing migrations in history, a triumphant testimony to human endurance, fortitude and achievement. Kamisese Mara
… white males, between the ages of 16 and 50, of good moral character, believers in the existence of a Supreme Being, in favor of separation of church and state, and supporters of free education through the Public School System. Junior Order United American Mechanics; JOUAM
Resolutions of the State Council of Ohio, Junior Order of United American Mechanics urging passage of laws to prevent the landing on our shores of the vicious, lawless, pauperized, and anarchistic elements of foreign countries. Junior Order United American Mechanics; JOUAM
It baffles some economists that Congress pays so little heed to their research, but then immigration policy has never been based on economics. Economic fears played a part in the passage of the exclusionary acts against Chinese in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and in the 1920’s of quotas (aimed in particular at people from Southern and Eastern Europe), but they were mostly fueled by xenophobia. They were supplanted in the Civil Rights era by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which ended quotas and established a new priority based on family reunification. That law, also sponsored by Kennedy, had nothing to do with economics, either. It made the chief criterion for getting in having a relative who was already here. Roger Lowenstein
Young Europeans who love freedom, better emigrate. Europe as we know it will no longer exist 20 years from now. We are watching the world of yesterday … Europe is turning Muslim Henryk M. Broder
We cannot get control of our borders until we do something about… a man or woman who is making 50¢ an hour in Mexico and can make 10 bucks an hour and the United States for a job that Americans will not do. Karl Rove
I will keep all our young people from having to abandon their towns and families for the other side of the border Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Countries that most welcome migrants have an economic advantage, but open immigration policies also carry risks. New waves of migrants will be ethnically different, less educated, and sometimes unskilled. They will often be among the very religious in otherwise secular societies. Many will move illegally. The greater ethnic diversity they create can cause social tensions and have profound effects on cultural identity and social cohesion. Lee Kuan Yew
If the trend continues, Fiji will be left with a large pool of poorly educated, unskilled work force with disastrous consequences on our social and economic infrastructure and levels of investment. Mahendra Chaudhry
We could have free immigration if we did not have a welfare state. In principle I would like to see free immigration. Milton Friedman
For the tidal wave of new immigrants Canada is more a land for the realization of private dreams than for maintaining a ... compact between founding races. No common identity was provided for the millions of new Canadian immigrants other than a week vision of mutual multi-cultural indifference. Michael Ignatieff
They’re invading. Tom Tancredo
I don’t buy the argument that there are certain jobs that American just will not do. James Sensenbrenner
Traditionally, the ideology of the United States nationhood perpetuated the myth that immigrants would shed their particularistic ethnic identities and loyalties. Eventually these “strangers” would be assimilated into a homogeneous body politic that was based on the equality of individual rights. Pedro Caban
… as happy as Jews in America French Saying
Our brother (many of the Jews of the Middle East) has gone to Europe and to the West [and] come back a Russified Jew, a Polish Jew, a German Jew, an English Jew. He has come back with a totally different conception of things. Western and not Eastern…, coming back with imperialistic ideas, with reactionary or revolutionary ideas… he is not the old cousin, and we do not extend to him a very good welcome Abdul Rahman Hassan Azzam
… a hideous bugbear John Hay
Shall we refuse to the unhappy fugitives from distress that hospitality which the savages of the wilderness extended to our fathers arriving in this land? Shall oppressed humanity find no asylum on this globe? …. might not the general character and capabilities of a citizen be safely communicated to everyone manifesting a bona fide purpose of embarking his life and fortunes permanently with us. Thomas Jefferson
No large scale refugee problem has ever been solved by repatriation, and there are certainly no grounds for believing that this particular problem (the Palestinian refugee problem] can be so solved... The facts we must face force us to the conclusion that for most of the world's refugees the only solution is integration where they are. Elfan B. Rees
At the same time as we are closing our borders we are sending mixed signals to countries where we are helping the rich, and the poor will cross the borders to come here. Hilda Solis
The following classes of aliens shall be excluded from admission into the United States: All idiots, imbeciles, feebleminded persons, epileptics, insane persons, and persons who have been insane within five years previous; persons who have had two or more attacks of insanity at any time previously; paupers; persons likely to become a public charge; professional beggars; persons afflicted with tuberculosis or with a loathsome or dangerous contagious disease; persons not comprehended within any of the foregoing excluded classes who are found to be and are certified by the examining surgeon as being mentally or physically defective, such mental or physical defect being of a nature which may affect the ability of such alien to earn a living; persons who have been convicted of or admit having committed a felony or other crime or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude; polygamists, or persons who admit their belief in the practice of polygamy, anarchists, or persons who believe in or advocate the overthrow by force or violence of the Government of the United States, or of all government, or of all forms of law, or the assassination of public officials United States Congress
Immigrants want to change our values and our way of life. Oriana Fallaci
What happens if a boatload of immigrants comes over from wherever and decides that they want to cast ballots? Rob Anders
No nation is interested in assimilating another without good reason. The assimilation of foreigners is actually in itself a most unpleasant business, and hence also undesirable. New people mean new candidates for benefits from the accumulated public assets, new hands hungrily stretched out for a share of the common loaf of bread. In order for a nation to desire the assimilation of another social group, it must first see in it something so valuable and attractive as to make it worthwhile despite all the inconvenience of including new partners in the distribution of the assets. Dov Ber Borochov
My family has been in New Orleans longer than the American flag has flown over the city. Marc Morial
A characteristic thing about the aspiring immigrant is the fact that he is not content to progress alone. Solitary success is imperfect success in his eyes. He must take his family with him as he rises. Mary Antin
Send Jews back where they came from in leaky boats!, Wait until Hitler comes over here! Anonymous
I was born here. My children were born here. What the hell do I have to do to be called an American? Joseph P. Kennedy
Immigrants themselves are largely responsible for any ill-feeling towards them, because they frequently contribute to prejudice and misunderstanding through their unawareness of Australian customs and standards. Robert Menzies
If we want teachers, doctors for the outback street cleaners and so on we shall have to find them amongst our own ranks. H. B. Gullett
Australia will be a multiracial nation in the future. John Grey Gorton
This is nothing less than a national tragedy…. It is time to consider these refugees arriving from Poland and elsewhere purely on their merits as migrants and in an unsentimental light. In the last 50 years these people have swarmed all over Europe, coming principally from Armenia, Russia and the Balkans. We should remember that they are European neither by race, standards, nor culture. They are, in fact, an Eastern people. In 2000 years no one but Britain has been successfully able to absorb them, and for the most part they owe loyalty and allegiance to none. H. B. Gullett
Italian, Hungarian, Romanian, Greek, Russian, and Polish immigrants threaten the very fabric of the Anglo-Saxon race …. If a lower race mixes with a higher race, history teaches us, the lower race will prevail. Henry Cabot Lodge
The more diverse we are, the better off we are going to be in the global marketplace. Chris Gregoire
As to other foreigners it is thought better to discourage their settling together in large masses, wherein, as in our German settlements, they preserve for a long time their own languages, habits, and principles of government, and that they should distribute themselves sparsely among the natives for quicker amalgamation. Thomas Jefferson
Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society, conforming, as I doubt not you will do, to our established rules. Thomas Jefferson
It has been the wise policy of these states to extend the protection of their laws to all those who should settle among them of whatever nation or religion they might be and to admit them to a participation of the benefits of civil and religious freedom, and... the benevolence of this practice as well as its salutary effects has rendered it worthy of being continued in future times. Thomas Jefferson
America is now … the only country of tranquility and should be the asylum of all those who wish to avoid the scenes which have crushed our friends in other lands Thomas Jefferson
Shall we refuse the unhappy fugitives from distress that hospitality which the savages of the wilderness extended to our fathers arriving in this land? Shall oppressed humanity find no asylum on this globe? Thomas Jefferson
Our ancestors... possessed a right, which nature has given to all men, of departing from the country in which chance, not choice, has placed them, of going in quest of new habitations, and of there establishing new societies, under such laws and regulations as, to them, shall seem most likely to promote public happiness Thomas Jefferson
The Pilgrims didn't have papers!!! Anonymous
We are committing cultural suicide. The barbarians at the gate will only need to give us a slight push, and the emancipated body of Western civilization will collapse in a heap. Tom Tancredo
If you can’t control your borders, you can’t control immigration. And if we can’t control immigration, there is no way re can reform immigration. Lou Dobbs
Since those foreigners who would like to settle in Russia will also include some who do not have sufficient means to pay the required travel costs, they can report to our ministers in foreign courts, who will not only transport them to Russia at Our expense, but also provide them with travel money. Catherine II
We are sufficiently aware of the vast extent of the lands within Our Empire, We perceive, among other things, that a considerable number of regions are still uncultivated which could easily and advantageously be made available for productive use of population and settlement. Most of the lands hold hidden in their depth an inexhaustible wealth of all kinds of precious ores and metals, and because they are well provided with forests, rivers and lakes, and located close to the sea for purpose of trade …. We permit all foreigners to come into Our Empire, in order to settle in all the governments, just as each one may desire. Catherine II
Neither party wants to do anything about the immigration problem. The Republicans want the cheap labor. The Democrats want the votes. G. Gordon Liddy
First of all, stop immigration immediately! Jean-Marie Le Pen
One land, one people. Danish People's Party
Multiculturalism has failed, big time. Angela Merkel
We are afraid of Islam. The Islamisation of Europe is a frightening thing. If this process continues, the Jews will be the first victims. Europe will become as dangerous for them as Egypt or Algeria Filip Dewinter
To every Ali Baba, I say, it is Allah who should take care of you, or your governments when they find time to tend to the needs of their peoples instead of being occupied with a nuclear bomb or buying weapons. Roberto Calderoli
Those who stay in America should be open to society without melting. Omar Ahmad
We have the advantage over other global competitors in that we know how to assimilate immigrants. Carlos M. Gutierrez
In the Indian community there was always a problem. People could not approach the politicians the right way. They’re not confident. Alex Martins
No oppressive taxes. No expensive kings. No compulsory military service. No knouts or dungeons. Anonymous
Better to die in your own land than leave it. Anonymous
BEWARE OF FRENCH IMMIGRANTS! Anonymous
German money for German jobs! Anonymous
TEXAS FOREVER!! The usurper from the South has failed in his efforts to enslave the freemen of Texas. The wives and daughters of Texas will be saved from the brutality of Mexican soldiers. Now is the time to emigrate to the Garden of America. A free passage … is offered at New Orleans to all applicants. Every settler receives a location of EIGHT HUNDRED ACRES OF LAND Anonymous
We have no wish to separate from our present homes for any purpose whatsoever ... It is therefore with painful solicitude and sorrowing regret, we have seen a plan for colonizing the free people of color of the United States on the coast of Africa. Anonymous
We ought to favour the strangers [immigrants] from whom we learnt so great benefits, because we are not good devisers as followers of others. Anonymous
WE WANT ORDER ON OUR BORDER Anonymous
Freedom of thought and the right to private judgment, in matters of conscience, driven from every corner of the earth, direct their course to this happy country as their last asylum. Let us cherish the noble guests, and shelter them under the wings of universal toleration. Samuel Adams
We need the immigrants. Daniel Akaka
I am not with those who abandoned their land. Anna Akhmatova
As a result of the generous spirit of the American people, our family had the privilege of growing up as free Americans. Madeleine Albright
Each of you, descendant of some passed on traveler, has been paid for. Maya Angelou
American opportunity, the treasure no thief could touch … It was the one thing he [her father] was able to promise us when he sent for us; surer, safer than bread or shelter. Mary Antin
The colonists did not realize it but you and I know that emigration … could have been stopped and all ports could have been closed. It was my duty to steer my precious bark through all the shoals and quirks regardless of the quirks and ridicule of the passengers. I knew what I was about—they did not. Stephen F. Austin
Nearly all of us came here [Maine] as immigrants. John Baldacci
Illegal immigrants all too often swell the ranks of organized crime. Silvio Berlusconi
This is not the 1890's. We can't have open borders any more. Howard Berman
One way to sensitize Washington to the illegal alien problem is to make them pay for it. Brian P. Bilbray
Foreign Criminals in New York Theodore A. Bingham
Any immigration policy carries costs and benefits and that policies differ in the ways in which they distribute these costs and benefits among the native population. Ronald Bird
Denaturalization consequences may be more grave than consequences that flow from conviction of crime [in the U. S.]. Hugo Black
I thank my lucky stars that my forefathers had the vision to come to America and give us all a fair shot. Henry Bonilla
The melting pot was always a tension between difference and sameness. Leon Botstein
Can you even begin to fathom the arduous, debasing journey people endure to serve you comfortably in the luxury you are so accustomed to? Ray Bourane
Everybody came from somewhere here in New York. Jimmy Breslin
The deportation of a race may be within the inherent powers of a despotism. David J. Brewer
Immigration—legal and illegal—has shaped and will continue to shape California's destiny. Kathleen Brown
Immigrants follow blindly leaders of their own race, are not moved by discussion, exercise no judgment of their own ... are not fit for the suffrage ... know nothing of the institutions of the country, of its statesmen, of its political issues. James Bryce
Foreigners from all Protestant countries and too many Papists come to London constantly ... two thirds or the normal persons come from distant ports. George Burrington
New Americans are not to be feared as strangers. They are to be welcomed as neighbors. George W. Bush
No immigration scheme, no matter how generous, will satisfy the number of applicants for admission. Walter D. Cadman
The fruits [game and natural resources] may be easier tasted than believed. Cecilius Calvert
Immigration provides further justification for multiculturalism by creating an ever larger aggrieved class …. If we don’t significantly reduce immigration numbers, the assimilation problem will only get worse. Steven A. Camarota
If illiterate immigrants had been excluded from the United States in the past, my ancestors would have been rejected. Joseph Cannon
I am not here as having one vote in the national legislature to shut the door in the face of any of the Caucasian race that are willing to come, whether they be educated or uneducated, and under the hand of honest, earned bread, the common [i.e. public] schools will take care of the children. Joseph Cannon
All they wanted was freedom. Joe Carolla
... filthy, un-American and often dangerous in their habits ... lacking any conception of patriotism or national spirit. Wilbur S. Carr
We are, of course, a nation of immigrants, but some of us too often forget that fact. Sometimes we forget that the question isn't when we came here, but why we came here. Jimmy Carter
We find ourselves ordered by the Government to cast out those we have tried for so long to help. The effort of a parent to feed his or her children is criminalized. Steven Cary
We recognize that we need more people to contribute to our vision for an intelligent city, a city of the future. Chan Heng Chee
Am immigration policy based on family unification is not in the best interest of our country. We should be looking for the most skilled and talented. Linda Chavez
I’ve yet to see a customer walk out of a restaurant because his dishes were being washed by an illegal alien. Linda Chavez
Immigration policy should be based on what is good for America, not what is good for Mexico. Immigration to America should not be the safety valve for Mexico. Linda Chavez
Put baldly, city officials don’t want migrants stealing local resident’s rice bowls. Chinese Economic Times
There's an overdose of foreigners. Jacques Chirac
Politicians have forced us into parallel societies by denying for so long that we existed and pretending for so long that we were going home. Safet Cinar
The laws should be rigidly enforced which prohibit the immigration of a servile class to compete with American labor, with no intention of acquiring citizenship, and bringing with them and retaining habits and customs repugnant to our civilization. Grover Cleveland
It is said that the quality of recent immigration is undesirable. The time is quite within recent memory when the same thing was said of immigrants who, with their descendants, are now numbered among our best citizens. Grover Cleveland
I come from a nation of peoples drawn from all around the world. Bill Clinton
We cannot and will not surrender our border to those who wish to exploit our history of compassion and justice. Bill Clinton
There is nothing less to our credit than our neglect of the foreigner and his children, unless it be the arrogance most of us betray when we set out to "Americanize" him. Charles Horton Cooley
Those who do not want to participate in the spirit of America should not settle in America. Calvin Coolidge
[Referring to Italian immigrants:] What did they come here for? Why do not they go back [to Italy] and stay there? William E. Cox
Here [America] individuals of all nations are melted into a new race of men, whose labors and posterity will one day cause great changes in the world. Michel Guillaume Jean de Crevecouer; J. Hector St. John
They [the Americans] are a mixture of British, Scotch, Irish, French, Dutch, Germans, and Swedes. From this promiscuous breed, that race called Americans have now arisen. Michel Guillaume Jean de Crevecouer; J. Hector St. John
[Immigrants] are alone, ignorant strangers, a prey to all manner of anarchical and wild notions. Except to their employer they have no value until they get a vote. Richard Croker
Who came to this country first—the white man, didn’t he? That’s who made this country great. Don Davis
I fear that some day or another we shall have in Europe a total upsetting of social order, which will drive all wise and experienced men to America. Antoine Baudouin Gisbert de Dedem
Family members who sponsor immigrants into this country should take financial responsibility for them, and be held legally responsible for supporting them. Democratic Party
Citizenship obtained through naturalization is not a second-class citizenship. William O. Douglas
Every day our nation grows a little darker from massive nonwhite immigration, high nonwhite birthrate and increasing racial miscegenation. David Duke
Don't forget, we have a disposal problem. Allen Welsh Dulles
Oppressed strangers in our land… Mark Dworkin
America. Emigration. In the distinctions of the genius of the American race it is to be considered that it is not indiscriminate masses of Europe that are shipped hitherward, but the Atlantic is a sieve through which only or chiefly the liberal, adventurous, sensitive, America-loving part of each city, clan, family are brought. It is the light complexion, the blue eyes of Europe that come: the black eyes, the black drop, the Europe of Europe, is left [in Europe]. Ralph Waldo Emerson
I see with joy the Irish emigrants landing at Boston, at New York, and say to myself, There they go—to school. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is often not even wise to try to make an American of the best of aliens. Hiram Wesley Evans
To be immobile is to be in chains. Abraham ibn Ezra
The typical immigrant of the present does not really live in America at all, but, from the point of view of nationality, in Italy, Poland, Czecho-Slovakia, or some other foreign country. Henry Pratt Fairchild
If someone comes here illegally, we owe them absolutely nothing. Don Feder
The melting pot has sprung a leak. Don Feder
The day where America can be the welfare system for Mexico is gone. Dianne Feinstein
A closed country is a dying country. Edna Ferber
Assimilation is what has made America great. James K. Glassman
The intelligence and prosperity of the American working man is endangered by the present immigration. Samuel Gompers
A Dominican kitchen worker in New York City can make more money than a Dominican doctor working in the Dominican Republic. Why should anyone want to stay? Juan Gonzales
… an alien invasion Betty Grainger
We have room in America for people who are willing to work. I am not ready, nor will I ever be, ready to tear down the Statue of Liberty ... Phil Gramm
The more we can open the border [with the US] the more we can develop. Vincente Fox
Unrestricted immigration has allowed the American Southwest to be invaded by aliens who may well in the near future … break the nation apart. Sam Francis
The Catholic Church has progressively estranged the intellectual class … and has deprived itself as well as Ireland of that vitality both so desperately need by almost forcing the talented intellectual to seek his fortunes in some other country. Tom Garvin
Unfortunately for the United States most of these immigrants are not so desirable as those of ten years ago. Thomas Fitchie
As much right as your father or mine. It was only a difference of a few ships. John F. Fitzgerald
The new wave of mass immigration … reinforced the leftist campaign to destroy Christendom Thomas Fleming
Scotland will be only fit for the slaves who sold it. Andrew Fletcher
Denmark must not be the social security office for the rest of the world. Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Emigration is the great fact of Irish social history. Roy F. Foster
The reason we have to close the back door of illegal immigration is so that we may keep open the front door of legal immigration. Theodore Hesburgh
The melting pot failed to function in one crucial area. Religions and nationalities, however different, generally learned to live together, even to grow together, in America. But color was something else. Reds were murdered like wild animals. Yellows were characterized as a peril and incarcerated en masse during World War II for no really good reason by our most liberal President. Browns have been abused as the new slave labor on farms. The blacks, who did not come here willingly, are now, more than a century after emancipation by Lincoln, still suffering a host of slavelike inequalities. Theodore Hesburgh
We are the Romans of the modern world—the great assimilating people. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Deportation is [not] a punishment; it is simply a refusal by the government to harbor persons whom it does not want. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
We are the Romans of the modern world—the great assimilating people. Oliver Wendell Holmes
The boast that our country is the asylum for the oppressed in other parts of the world is very philanthropic and sentimental, but I fear that we shall before long derive little comfort from being made the almshouse and place of refuge for the poor of other countries. Philip Hone
There is no such thing as free immigration. Every self-governing nation is going to determine what sort of people it will admit through its boundaries. Herbert Hoover; Hugh Gibson
Some of these races, notably those of Asia, are trained by a hundred generations to eat less, wear less, seek less shelter, and work longer hours than any Western race can endure. No Western standards can compete with them in their midst. Herbert Hoover; Hugh Gibson
They change their sky but not their soul who cross the ocean. Horace; Quintus Horatius Flaccus
Most immigrants couldn’t give a hoot about their welfare. These people risk their lives. They want to work. Jacob Hornberger
One of the greatest gifts that our founders bestowed upon us is open borders … the founders gave us one of the largest free trade zones that man has ever seen. Jacob Hornberger
Walls have never stopped people from trying to better their lives. Jacob Hornberger
Immigration is not without economic costs. Those costs fall most heavily on some Americans who have the fewest resources to bear them …. Workers with less than twelve years of education are the most adversely affected by low-skilled immigrant workers. Shirley Hufstedler
Regardless of how one feels about immigration, it is necessary for Japan’s future and it is good for Japan’s future; our social-economic situation requires it. Shintaro Ishihara
Efforts to concentrate immigrants in social groups and to retard their Americanization should be steadily frowned down. John Ireland
Surely a race of people, desiring to preserve the integrity of that race ... may be permitted to protect themselves, if in no other way by emigration ... The white man came to this country to avoid conditions which to him were not as bad as the present conditions are to us... All we ask is that we may be permitted to exercise the same privilege. Jacob. B Jackson
I have been disgusted to find that those people (immigrants) can live where a decent man would die; they can live on ... food that other men would not touch. John Jarrett
Our ancestors who migrated hither were laborers, not lawyers. Thomas Jefferson
There are men of eighteen different languages; they are scattered here and there upon the [Hudson] river. Isaac Jogues
The fundamental, longtime American attitude has been to ask not where a person comes from but what are his personal qualities. On this basis men and women migrated from every quarter of the globe. By their hard work and their enormously varied talents they hewed a great nation out of a wilderness. By their dedication to liberty and equality they created a society reflecting man's most cherished ideas. Lyndon B. Johnson
If men cannot find an opportunity in their own country to develop the skill and genius with which God has gifted them, they will go to a country where their abilities can be employed, as they have gone from Canada to the United States. John Alexander Macdonald
We must, by every reasonable means, import our people, not in one branch of industry, not merely as farmers, as tillers of the soil, but we must bring out of every kind of industry, must develop the minds of the people and their energies. John Alexander Macdonald
We [native-born] could not choose, but they [immigrants] could and did choose to be Americans. Henry B. F. Macfarland
Where would we be without the Italians Czechoslovaks the Portuguese the Greeks and Lebanese? Who would do the dirty work? Bryce Mackasey
… lustre of our country. James Madison
They must be governed by and be subordinate to you. Antonio Martinez
The U. S.'s moral responsibility to accept immigrants is not unlimited. Romano Mazzoli
Immigrants bring growth, creativity, and opportunity to America. They are the cornerstone of much of our great nation's cultural heritage. William McCollum
It takes three-quarters of the world in these days to hold the Irish family, and is pleasant to know that some of the elder sons of the family are considered by their discriminating fellow citizens worthy to be entrusted with the liberties and fortunes of their adopted countries. D'Arcy McGee
Our naturalization and immigration laws should be further improved to the constant promotion of a safer, a better, and a higher citizenship. A grave peril to the Republic would be a citizenship too ignorant to understand or too vicious to appreciate the great value and beneficence of our institutions and laws, and against all who come here to make war upon them our gates must be promptly and tightly closed. William McKinley
We were very scared. Going to America was almost like going to the moon. Golda Meir
We do not want people like him in Switzerland. Ruth Metzler
[There are] many vicious and inconvertible elements [within the] multitude of foreign immigrants. Justin Smith Morrill
Lack of accountability in any decision making structure is not tolerable. Bruce A. Morrison
We need employer sanctions to avoid illegal immigration so that legal immigration may dominate. Bruce Morrison
Such persons are windows through which one looks into terrible worlds. Iris Murdoch
We're Americans. That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country of the world. Bill Murray
... a fixed obsession on Anglo-Saxon superiority. Fiorello H. La Guardia
Emma Lazarus was wrong. America's first duty is to its own poor. Richard Lamm
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 Lazarus
The unifying characteristics that make us Americans are becoming more and more diluted now because new immigrants want to set up ethnic enclaves to retain their culture and language. Nelson Light
We should give full and efficient protection to the rights of all classes of citizens, whether native or naturalized, both at home and abroad. Abraham Lincoln
It is our turn to guard our heritage from Mongol, and Persian and Moor, before we become engulfed in a limitless foreign sea. Charles Lindbergh
The removing of the surcharge of necessitous people, the matter of fuel of dangerous insurrections, and thereby leaving the greater plenty to sustain those remaining with the Land. London Company
We can delay and effectively stop for a temporary period of indefinite length the number of immigrants into the United States. We could do this by simply advising our consuls to put every obstacle in the way and to require additional evidence and to resort to various administrative devices which would postpone and postpone and postpone the granting of the visas. Breckinridge Long
We may have come to America in different ships or canoes, but we're all in the same boat now. Martin Luther King Jr.
Shut off the poisonous inflow; purify what is here. Ku Klux Klan
The states where the number of new immigrants were highest tended to benefit from the decades economic upswing. William H. Frey
A thousand emigrants per day still leaving from our Irish ports, most of them with money. The runaway farmers have learned the trick of thrashing out their corn by night, leaving the straw neatly cocked, selling off stock and furniture and bolting, with heavy arrears due to the ruined landlords. Elizabeth Grant
I would be very distressed if we were to try to shut our doors to immigration in this country. I frankly don't envisage that happening, but I understand that there's always that tendency on the part of people who are here who, having come here four generations earlier, want to shut the door. And I don't think that's a good idea. Alan Greenspan
Economic distress, political pressure, and social obloquy have already driven us from our homes and from our graves. We' Jews are even now constantly shifting from place to place, a strong current actually carrying us westward over the sea to the United States, where our presence is also not desired Theodor Herzl
If any Maid or single Woman have a desire to go over, they will think themselves in the Golden Age, when Men paid a Dowry for their Wives; for if they be but Civil, and under 50 years of Age, some honest Man or other, will purchase them for their Wives. Robert Horne
There is full and free Liberty of Conscience granted to all, so that no man is to be molested or called in question for matters of Religious Concern; but every one to be obedient to the Civil Government, worshipping God after their own way. Robert Horne
They are to choose annually from among themselves, a certain Number of Men, according to their divisions, which constitute the General Assembly with the Governour and his Council, and have the sole power of Making Laws, and Laying Taxes for the common good when need shall require Robert Horne
[They] are most Scotch and Scotch breed and are the Northern Presbyterians and phanatiques, lusty, able bodied, hardy and stout men, where one may see three or four hundred at every meeting-house on Sunday, and all the North of Ireland is inhabited by these, which is the popular place of all Ireland by far. They are very numerous and greedy after land. Leoline Jenkins
Inhabitants flock in here daily, mostly from Pennsylvania and other parts of America, who are over-stocked with people and [some] make directly from Europe; they commonly seat themselves towards the West, and have got near the mountains. Gabriel Johnston
There is nothing more permanent than a temporary worker. Mark Krikorian
If Victual should prove scarce, as we have not Goods or Money for any Value to send out for Corns [food grains like wheat]; so only a part of the People could be maintained: The better part would have Bread, but the more necessary part, the Laboring Men would be forced to leave the Country, or to starve in it. John Law
… these bold and indigent strangers, saying as their excuse when challenged for titles, that we had solicited for colonists and they had come accordingly … [that it] was against the laws of God and nature that so much land should be idle while so many Christians wanted it to work on and to raise their bread.. James Logan
In a few more years, a Celtic Irishman will be as rare in Connemara as is the Red Indian on the shores of Manhattan. London Times
There never was, perhaps, before seen such a body of pious people together on the face of the earth. For those who came over first, came for the sake of religion, and for that pure religion which was entirely hated by the loose and profane world. Their civil and ecclesiastical leaders were exemplary patterns of piety. They encouraged only the virtuous to come with, and follow them Thomas Prince
In the old country [Austria] I would have been a tailor. Isidor Rabi
Either Men or Women that have a Trade, or are Labourers, can, if industrious, get near three times the Wages they commonly earn in EngIand. Gabriel Thomas
The coming of Chinese laborers to this country endangers the good order of certain localities within the territory thereof …. the coming of Chinese laborers to the United States be, and the same is hereby, suspended; and during such suspension it shall not be lawful for any Chinese laborer to come, or having so come after the expiration of said ninety days, to remain within the United States United States Congress
All people have a natural and inherent right to emigrate from one State to another Vermont
Her light shall pierce through the darkness of ignorance and man’s oppression. Grover Cleveland
As a nation that values immigration, and depends on immigration, we should have immigration laws that work and make us proud. Yet today we do not. Instead, we see many employers turning to the illegal labor market. We see millions of hard-working men and women condemned to fear and insecurity in a massive, undocumented economy. George W. Bush
Displacement is very tough on the people who are displaced and for the country that is hosting them. Rania Al-Abdullah
The Federal Court is telling us that we can’t do what the Federal Government ought to be doing. Lou Barletta
The reason that America was a First World nation was that we had a First World population, and as we continue to be inundated with people from Third World nations, we are going to become a Third World nations….Desperate situations call for rash actions! James Edwards
Our nation, frustrated by its desire for full employment and political responsibility, is becoming a huge land of individuals who roam stranding in place, one eye on the television and the other on their passports. Fatima Mernissi
All contracts, not in opposition to the laws of the State, that have been entered into in foreign countries, between emigrants who come to settle in this State, or between the inhabitants thereof, and the servants and day laborers or workingmen whom they introduce, are hereby guaranteed to be valid in said State Mexico
Not until we are able to earn a respectable and independent livelihood, and live without the corroding care of procuring our daily bread, shall we be able to rejoice for having emigrated from Europe, look upon this land as a second fatherland, and cherish it from the core of our heart Julius Stern
Whereas a Society has been formed at the seat of government, for the purpose of colonizing, with their own consent, the free people of color of the United States; therefore, we, the free people of color of the city of Richmond [Virginia], have thought it advisable to assemble together under the sanction of authority, for the purpose of making a public expression of our sentiments on a question in which we are so deeply interested. We perfectly agree with the Society, that it is not only proper, but would ultimately tend to the benefit and advantage of a great portion of our suffering fellow creatures, to be colonized; but while we thus express our approbation of a measure laudable in its purposes, and beneficial in its designs, it may not be improper in us to say, that we prefer being colonized in the most remote corner of the land of our nativity, to being exiled to a foreign country Anonymous
Is it asked do I yet say colonize Africa? I reply, yes. The surpassing fertility of the African soil, the mildness of the climate during a great part of the year, the numerous commercial advantages, the stores of fish and herds of animals to be found here, invite her scattered children home. As regards myself, I counted the cost of engaging in this service, before I left America. I came to these shores to die, and any thing better than death, is better than I expect. Samuel Bacon
There is a moral fitness in the idea of returning to Africa her children, whose ancestors have been torn from her by the ruthless hand of fraud and violence Henry Clay
… the settlement and moral improvement of the colored population of Canada, for the purpose of purchasing crown or clergy reserve lands in the township of Raleigh and settling the same with colored families resident in Canada of approved moral character Elgin Association
The object to which attention is to be exclusively directed, is to promote and execute a plan for colonizing (with their consent) the free people of color, residing in our country, in Africa, or such other place as Congress shall deem most expedient Robert Finley
It is something singular that the colored race—those in reality most interested in the future destinies of Africa—should be so lightly affected by the evidences continually being presented in favor of colonization National Intelligencer
The editor has great doubts of the justice of the plans proposed. It appears to him calculated to rivet closer the chains that already gall the sons of Africa and to insure to the miserable objects of American cruelty a perpetuity of bondage Charles Osborn
The red man must leave the land of his youth and find a new home in the west. The armies of the white are without number, like the sand of the sea, and ruin will follow all tribes that go to war with them. Shabonee
Make the strangers welcome in this land, let them keep their languages and customs, for weak and fragile is the realm which is based on a single language or on a single set of customs Stephen the Great
Immigrants to the United States usually arrive with a willingness to fit into their new country and reshape their identities accordingly. Jerry Z. Miller
There was an obvious link between 30 or 40 years of a policy of uncontrolled immigration and the social explosion in French cities. Nicolas Sarkozy
The Latin American people have become fed up with the 500 year siesta and the lack of opportunity. So they come to the United States. But that is because the leaders of their countries do not do anything to improve the situation…. When Mexican President Fox took office he observed that over half the Mexican population was living in poverty and that he was unlikely to make significant changes during his remaining term in office. That was a sophisticated way of saying to the Mexicans, “Go to the United States!” Herman Badillo
The rich world has lots of well-paying jobs and an aging population that cannot fill them. The poor world has desperate workers. But while goods and capital can easily cross borders, modern labor cannot. Jason Deparle
All the guest worker programs result in permanent settlement. Mark Krikorian
Letting guest workers in America doesn’t create an underclass. It moves an underclass and makes the underclass better off. Lant Prichett
The cultural barriers and social and economic differences separating the Africans and African-Americans is sometimes the cause of a simmering hostility and misunderstanding between them. Sharing the common physical characteristic of skin color has not ensured cultural and economic unity between African immigrants and American-born blacks. John A. Arthur
Immigration has always been a political one … the group coming in has never been good enough for the people who had come in earlier … Sam Brownback
America's Latino immigration deluge is so little like any earlier wave, so hostile or resistant to sharing the common American language, civic rites and virtues upon which our republican self-governance depends, that it constitutes a major potential threat to the cultural and possibly political integrity of the United States Samuel P. Huntington
IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture…. We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society . Learn the language! …. If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted. John Howard
Great number of My Subjects have been and are every year transported to those parts of America … and there settle themselves … amongst which numbers there so many idle and refractory humours whose only or principal end is to live as much as they can without the reach of authority. Charles I
Go and travel thither to inhabit or remain there, to build and fortify … take and lead in the same voyages with him … such and so many of our subjects as shall willingly accompany him… Elizabeth I
Mexican men and women are doing the jobs that not even the Blacks want to do there in the United States.. Vincente Fox
Direct your attention to the introduction of white immigrants on account of the large increase of negroes who are beginning to exhibit a malicious disposition. Robert Gibbes
That is where my umbilical cord is buried. Haitian Proverb
… that unhappy Act of Parliament which invested German settlers with the Rights of Englishmen before they knew how to use them. James Hamilton
We hereby prohibit the Passage of all Manner of People… except only the Lords and other great men of the Realm, and true and notable merchants and the Kings soldiers … out of the said Realm without the King’s special license. Henry IV
We have left the door so wide open that all persons of all Nations and occupations shall have liberty to come in amongst us and the first Comer be as free to trade as the Natives are after seven years of service. John Holland
Every immigrant, rich or poor, must add to our wealth and strength. John Laurance
I should Sir deem it politic in the Federal Commonwealth, or for several States to hold out such aid and assistance, as would enable virtuous, and industrious Emigrants from Europe, possessed of some Property, to overcome the first difficulties in settling such as procuring laborers to clear their plots of land, erecting their Log Houses …. A number of people possessing a few hundred pounds, and who depend on a precarious livelihood in England, would gladly embrace the opportunity of settling in America provided the first risks of settling were over come. Edward Luttrell
We shall be inconsistent with ourselves if, after boasting of having opened an asylum for the oppressed of all nations … we make the terms of admission to the full enjoyment of that asylum so hard as is now proposed. John Page
As long as there are jobs waiting in our country, there is no way we can stop illegal immigration at the borders. Doris Meissner
All people have a natural and inherent right to emigrate from one State to another, that will receive them, or to form a new State in vacant countries, or in such countries as they can purchase? whenever they think that thereby they can promote their own happiness Vermont
We don't have anything against Muslims. But we don't want minarets. The minaret is a symbol of a political and aggressive Islam; it's a symbol of Islamic law. The minute you have minarets in Europe, it means Islam will have taken over. Oskar Freysinger
America has been peopled by Europeans primarily because they expected in that country to make more money more easily. Herbert Croly
Father of the Exodus Anonymous
Unless something is done to prevent it, the emigrants would carry out their threats and rob every one of the outlying settlements in the South, and that the whole Mormon people were liable to be butchered by the troops that the emigrants would bring back with them from California Isaac C. Haight
When the famine took place, the Irish fled as from a plague to America, and when they landed there both men and women were the prey of every blackguard without a single person to advise or protect them. Had the Government taken the movement in hand and employed agents at New York to provide for them until they obtained employment, and to direct them where to apply for it, England would to-day probably have had a grateful nation on the other side of the Atlantic. Instead, we have a hostile multitude which neglects no opportunity of voting for any politician hostile to Great Britain… S. M. Hussey
If aliens come here, with an intention to make this country their permanent residence, they will have many inducements to become citizens, since they are unable as aliens, to have a stable freehold interest in land, … James Kent
The order said to decoy the emigrants from hiding and kill all those who could talk. John D. Lee
Indians are immigrants like everyone else, they just came earlier Wilma Mankiller
For the European who came from a community of congestion and confinement, the West was beyond dreaming; it must have inspired him to formulate an idea of the infinite. There he could walk through geologic time; he could see into eternity. N. Scott Momaday
Immigration has made free white laborers more easy to be procured. Frederick Law Olmsted
during the voyage there is on board these ships terrible misery, stench, fumes, horror, vomiting, many kinds of sea-sickness, fever, dysentery, headache, heat, constipation, boils, scurvy, cancer, mouth-rot, and the like, all of which come from old and sharply salted food and meat, also from very bad and foul water, so that many die miserably. Add to this want of provisions, hunger, thirst, frost, heat, dampness, anxiety, want, afflictions and lamentations, together with other trouble, as . . . the lice abound so frightfully, especially on sick people, that they can be scraped off the body. The misery reaches the climax when a gale rages for 2 or 3 nights and days, so that every one believes that the ship will go to the bottom with all human beings on board. In such a visitation the people cry and pray most piteously. Gottlieb Mittelberger
Immigrants are changed by the greater society. Immigrants change the greater society. Peter Skerry
Immigration makes losers and winners. Otis Graham Jr.
Canada reserves 35% of its immigration slots for skills they need. We reserve 6%. We educate the (foreign) doctors, but don’t give them a green card. Michael Bloomberg
The simple truth is that we’ve lost control of our own boarders. Ronald Reagan
I will admit that the word expatriation is not universally applicable to the free people of color generally, and even to the great majority of the three millions of slaves; but the plan does not propose to consult the predilection of any, but if they must be removed from the country without their consent, then surely humanity would dictate that we ought to make their privations as light as possible. Why not establish a colony in California for those who object to go to Africa? The climate, the soil, and the location, would all be propitious; our government could throw around them the shield of her protection, and if one seventh part of our whole population are to be removed, we could afford to spare the poor blacks a tract of wild land that has been obtained by conquest. Walker Brown
No matter how high a moral standard a community may attain, the introduction in that community of any considerable number of persons of a lower moral tone will cause a general moral deterioration just as sure as night follows a day. The intermarriage of a lower with a higher type certainly does not improve the latter any more than does the breeding of cattle by blooded and common stock improve the blooded stock generally. Martin Ambrose Foran
Chinese women in California are bought and sold for prostitution, and are treated worse than dogs; they are held in a most revolting condition of slavery. United States Congress
Under our free republican form of government the character and stability of the government depended upon the character of the citizen, the country could not continue safely incorporating into its body politic the ignorant, criminal, dangerous and hostile elements that are now being emptied upon those shores. Elijah Adams Morse
Our own temperate blood, schooled to self-possession and the measured conduct of self-government, is receiving a constant infusion and yearly experiencing a partial corruption of foreign blood. Woodrow Wilson
If we wish to say that no man shall come here who can not read and write, let us say so; but let us not say that no man shall come here who has a wife who can not read and write, unless he leave her behind…We want members of families. We do not believe that it is better to admit a man, no matter how well educated, to be separated from his family and to live here by himself. It is better neither for the country nor for him. Richard Wayne Parker
We are a nation of immigrants. It is immigrants who brought to this land the skills of their hands and brains to make it a beacon of opportunity and of hope for all men. Herbert H. Lehman
Yellow Peril Anonymous
California must be all American or all Chinese. We are resolved that it shall be American, and are prepared to make it so. Denis Kearney
You have to remember that west of Winnipeg the ridings the Liberals hold are dominated by people who are either recent Asian immigrants or recent migrants from Eastern Canada; people who live in ghettos and are not integrated into Western Canadian society Stephen Harper
You are promoting hate under the guise of a legitimate political debate about immigration. Mr. Romney, you might get your racist ways some day if you get elected and expel the people who you have hired to do your dirty work. If so, there will be one saving grace. There will be no one to pick up your poop after you. Keith Oberman
To Arms! To Arms! 100 Men Needed. United States Army
It is much better for a poor man in this country than it is in Ireland. But if the Irish immigrants knew how hard they would have to work in the first 6 months in this county, few would ever come here. John Dyer
The United States is in a fierce global competition to attract the world's best high-tech scientists and engineers -- most of whom are not white Christians. Amy L. Chua
This self imposed guilt about racial and ethnic profiling is idiocy. Steve King
''People of ill will'' should not use the terrorist attack to foment anti-immigrant sentiment. ''What happened on Sept. 11 is not about immigrants; it's about evil James W. Ziglar
The simple answer to the illegal alien problem is to secure our boarders and enforce the law. Sharron Angle
The United States has always been energized by its immigrant populations. America has constantly drawn strength and spirit from wave after wave of immigrants ... They have proved to be the most restless, the most adventurous, the most innovative, the most industrious of people. Bill Clinton
That’s not my job. Manny Diaz
Unless legal and illegal immigration is halted and reversed, European First World nations across all of Europe from Spain to Russia, North America, Australia and New Zealand — will be destroyed and have their very culture and civilization changed to that of the Third World. Immigration is now the single most important issue facing all First World nations, and will determine whether Western Civilisation continues to exist or not. Arthur Benjamin Kemp
...immigration today is a racial issue. It is one which sees masses of non-whites from around the globe immigrating to white countries Arthur Benjamin Kemp
A familiar question for Australians is how much we are a product of our circumstances, and how much we are what we have made ourselves to be. In truth, by the act of migration the country was made: by that voluntary act and by the emigrants' ambitions it was built. Paul Keating
America is the result of the amalgam of three people: Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans Marcus Rediker
America is a land in which a man forgets his native country. Guiseppe Garibaldi
All such of the persons so to be by them naturalized, as being born in parts beyond sea, and out of the United States of America, shall come to settle in and become subjects of this State, shall take an oath of allegiance to this State, and abjure and renounce all allegiance and subjection to all and every foreign king, prince, potentate, and State in all matters, ecclesiastical as well as civil New York State
It is generally the most energetic and resourceful people who flee old lives to build new worlds, leaving their less enterprising fellow-countrymen behind them. Kevin Connolly
Make it [the United States] the home of the skillful, the industrious, the fortunate, the happy, as well as the asylum of the distressed ... Let but this, our celebrated goddess, Liberty, stretch forth her fair hand toward the people of the old world—tell them to come, and bid them welcome. Patrick Henry
The Melting Pot Israel Zangwill
Our naturalization laws should be so amended as to make the inquiry into the character and good disposition of persons applying for citizenship more careful and searching … We accept the man as a citizen without any knowledge of his fitness, and he assumes the duties of citizenship without any knowledge as to what they are. The privileges of American citizenship are so great and its duties so grave that we may well insist upon a good knowledge of every person applying for citizenship and a good knowledge by him of our institutions. We should not cease to be hospitable to immigration, but we should cease to be careless as to the character of it. There are men of all races, even the best, whose coming is necessarily a burden upon our public revenues or a threat to social order. These should be identified and excluded. Benjamin Harrison
The banishment [of Russian Jews], whether by direct decree or by not less certain indirect methods, of so large a number of men and women is not a local question. A decree to leave one's country is in the nature of things an order to enter another—some other. Benjamin Harrison
Asia is the continent of origination; Europe the continent of differentiation; and America the continent of reunions. Francois Guizot
Immigration shall be encouraged Alabama
It's as if we expect border control agents to do what a century of communism could not: defeat the natural market forces of supply and demand... and defeat the natural human desire for freedom and opportunity. You might as well as sit in your beach chair and tell the tide not to come in. As long as America remains a nation dedicated to the proposition that 'all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness', people from near and far will continue to seek entry into our country. Michael Bloomberg
We're not going to deport 12 million people, so let's stop this fiction. Let's give them permanent status. Michael Bloomberg
I think that's what makes many Swedes jealous of immigrant groups. You have a culture, an identity, a history, something that brings you together. And what do we have? We have Midsummer's Eve and such silly things. Mona Ingeborg Sahlin
No fence has ever been able to stop history, much less a border fence…. A 10 foot fence only takes an 11 foot ladder to scale it. William B. Richardson
Our current immigration laws are in a word --- unjust! Roger Mahony
As a result of Armenian emigration and the immigration of Muslim refugees fleeing from successive Russian advances in the Caucasus, Muslims came to outnumber the Armenians by a large margin in historic Armenia. Andrew Mango
The real threat to Zionism is the dilution of quality, Jews know that they can land on their feet in any country of the world. The real test for us is to make Israel such an attractive place—such a cutting-edge place in human society, education, culture, science, quality of life that even Americans Jewish young people will want to come here. Ehud Barak
In the old days, immigrants entered France and blended in. They adopted the French language and traditions. Whereas now entire communities set themselves up within France, governed by their own codes and traditions. Marine Le Pen
The illegal immigrants may have broken the law, but we have been complicit. Michael Bloomberg
A culture that is in the process of being swamped by another often reacts by physically grappling with the outsiders. But it may wage a cultural war as well. Such defensive actions have been given various labels by anthropologists: nativism, revivalism, revitalization, and messianism. All are deliberate efforts to erect a better culture out of the defeat or decay of an older one. ... As hopelessness and apathy settled over these people, the ground was prepared for revivalistic and messianic movements that promised the return of the good old days. Peter Farb
… any one having a good musket... and six months' provisions Philip Carteret
While the Executive may exclude an alien for almost any reason, it cannot do so solely because the Executive disagrees with the contents of the alien’s speech and therefore wants to prevent the alien from sharing this speech with a willing American audience. Paul Crotty
Too many people are willing to turn their backs on our immigrant past. Eric Holder
First, shut your gates. Samuel Morse
It is necessary that the Jewish community in Palestine should be able to increase its numbers by immigration. This immigration cannot be so great in volume as to exceed whatever may be the economic capacity of the country at the time to absorb new arrivals. It is essential to ensure that the immigrants should not be a burden upon the people of Palestine as a whole, and that they should not deprive any section of the present population of their employment. England
America opened to the Jewish immigrant even greater opportunities for work than the most highly developed industries in Eastern Europe…. Jewish industries never attain the large-scale development achieved by non-Jewish industries. No Jewish factory, not even the largest, can compete with such gigantic enterprises as Krupp’s iron works, or Ford’s automobile factories. The Jewish entrepreneur never dreams of industries on this scale, nor does the Jewish laborer have any access to them. Dov Ber Borochov
The silly ancestors of the Americans called it "national development" when they imported millions of foreigners to take up the public lands and left nothing for their own children. Ignatius Donnelly
Migration is development. Lant Prichett
If we want to be honest, we can ship the Statue of Liberty back to France or replace the outdated verse with new lines, "America the closed preserve/ That dirty foreigners don't deserve". David Director Friedman
The first thing to be said respecting any serious proposition importantly to restrict immigration into the United States is, that such a proposition necessarily and properly encounters a high degree of incredulity, arising from the traditions of our country. From the beginning, it has been the policy of the United States, both officially and according to the prevailing sentiment of our people, to tolerate, to welcome, and to encourage immigration, without qualification and without discrimination. For generations, it was the settled opinion of our people, which found no challenge anywhere, that immigration was a source of both strength and wealth. Francis Amasa Walker
… to seek employment as a designer of large aircraft Igor Sikorsky
The problems which so sternly confront us to-day are serious enough without being complicated and aggravated by the addition of some millions of Hungarians, Bohemians, Poles, south Italians, and Russian Jews. Francis Amasa Walker
BEWARE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKERS (COYOTES, POLLEROS) They can deceive you with assurances of crossing in a few hours through the mountains and deserts. This is simply not so! They can risk your life taking you across rivers, drainage canals, desert areas, train tracks, or highways. This has caused the death of hundreds of persons. Mexico
If this condition is the inevitable consequence of the contact of the two races, separation, voluntary or compulsory, at whatever cost, is the dictate of wisdom, morality, and national safety. If reconciliation upon the basis of justice and equal rights is impossible, then migration to Africa should be the policy of the future. To that fertile continent from whence they came they would return, not as aliens and strangers, but to the manner born. To their savage kindred who still swarm in its solitudes they would bring the alphabet, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bible. Emancipated from the traditions of bondage, from the habit of obedience and imitation, from the knowledge of its vices, which is the only instruction of a strong race to a weaker, the African might develop along his axis of growth and Ethiopia stretch out her hand to God. John James Ingalls
The condition of the colored man within our borders may become a source of anxiety, to say the least .... It was looking to a settlement of this question that led me to urge the annexation of San Domingo during the time I was President of the United States. San Domingo was freely offered to us, not only by the administration but by all the people, almost without price. The island is upon our shores, is very fertile, and is capable of supporting fifteen million people. The products of the soil are so valuable that labor in her fields would be so compensated as to enable those who wished to go there to quickly repay the cost of their passage. I took it that the colored people would go there in great numbers, so as to have independent states governed by their own race. They would still be states of the Union, and under the protection of the general government, but the citizens would be almost wholly colored. Ulysses S. Grant
I confess that I see no remedy but by colonizing the free blacks, either in Africa or the West Indies, or both. This, it appears to me, is all Congress can do.... But this bare removal of the free blacks would be a blessing to them and would relieve the slave and free states from a wretched population, that must ever be kept in a state of degradation by the prejudice of color and race, whether they reside in the slave or free states. There can be no well grounded hope for the improvement of either their moral or social condition, until they are removed from a humiliating sense of inferiority in the presence of a superior race Millard Fillmore
If any gentleman from the South shall propose a scheme to be carried on by this government upon a large scale, for the transportation of the colored people to any colony or any place in the world, I should be quite disposed to incur almost any degree of expense to accomplish that object. Daniel Webster
The presence of the black man in this country is a curse to both races. It keeps the white man lying, stealing, misrepresenting, and the black man abusing, vilifying, and cursing, and neither white nor black can be Christian. I pray God you will continue in the great work in which you are engaged, and move this country to help the negro to emigrate to the land of his ancestors. Henry M. Turner
I deem it best and, therefore, recommend a resolution memorializing the Congress of the United States to purchase territory, either domestic or foreign, and provide means to purchase the property of the negroes at reasonable prices, and to transport the negroes to the territory purchased by the United States. The United States to organize a government for them of the Negro race; to protect them from foreign invasion, to prevent white people from living among them in the territory; and to prevent negroes from migrating back to the United States. Napoleon Bonaparte Broward
The bringing of us here has caused a great decrease of our numbers, many of us have died, also a great number of our animals. Our grandfathers had no idea of living in any other country except our own and I do not think it right for us to do so Barboncito
I am a supporter of the Dream Act. There is an intuitive and moral case to be made that you don’t punish children for the sins of their parents. Michael Gerson
The Asylum they open to the oppressed of all nations should console the earth. The case with which the injured may escape from oppressive governments, will compel Princes to become just and cautious; and the rest of the world will gradually open their eyes upon the empty illusions with which they have been hitherto cheated by politicians. But for this purpose America must preserve herself from these illusions; and take care to avoid being what your ministerial writers are frequently saying She will be — an image of our Europe — a mass of divided powers contending for territory and commerce, and continually cementing the slavery of the people with their own blood. Anne Robert Jacques Turgot
Our whole immigration system is the theater of the absurd…. Mark Krikorian
Our immigration system is broken. Frank Sharry
Keep the doors of immigration closed to the entrance of certain aliens whose condition is known to be detrimental to the stamina of the race, such as feebleminded, idiots, morons, insane, syphilitic, epileptic, criminal, professional prostitutes, and others in this class barred by the immigration laws of 1924. Margaret Sanger
Our immigration policies are national suicide. Michael Bloomberg
Our country is a country where immigration is history and it is a country where immigration is destiny. Marcelo Suarez-Orosco
The main cause of crime is linked very directly to mass immigration. Jean-Marie Le Pen
Massive immigration has only just begun. It is the biggest problem facing France, Europe and probably the world. We risk being submerged. Jean-Marie Le Pen
When there is one of them, that’s OK. It’s when there is a lot of them that there are problems. Brice Hortefeux
We have to insist that those who come to us show a willingness to integrate that corresponds to our readiness to integrate them. Gerhard Schroder
If you come to France and you wear a veil, if you go to one of the administrative buildings, then that's not acceptable. If you don't want your wife to be examined by a male doctor, then you're not welcome here. France is a country that's open. Nicolas Sarkozy
If living in France bothers some people, they should feel free to leave the country. Nicolas Sarkozy
Westerners and Muslims don't agree on the basics of social order and don't want to live under the same rules. That shouldn't be a problem because that's what separate countries are for. We should stop occupying their countries and stop letting them move to ours. Steven Ernest Sailer
I think that's what makes many Swedes jealous of immigrant groups. You have a culture, an identity, a history, something that brings you together. And what do we have? We have Midsummer's Eve and such silly things. Mona Ingeborg Sahlin
We have too many foreigners in France. Diversity is not working. Nicolas Sarkozy
There is a silent reconquest of the United States. Carlos Fuentes
The system is broken …. We must secure our borders. But we have to have a way of matching willing workers with willing employers and have a way for people to do the jobs that Americans don’t seem to want to do…. But I don’t believe that we are going to take people who have been here for 40 or 50 years and ship them back where they came from…. As long as there is a demand for workers, workers will come. John McCain
We are in danger of being swamped by Asians. Pauline Lee Hanson
My whole family has been having trouble with immigrants ever since we came to this country. Edgar Y. Harburg
It is so stupid to deport foreign students who come here, study and get their degrees here, and want to start up a company and employ people. Amy Gutmann
The appearance of vast numbers of men, foreign in birth and often in language, with a poorer standard of living, with habits repellent to our native people, of an industrial grade suited only to the lowest kind of manual labor, was exactly such a cause as by any student of population would be expected to affect profoundly the growth of the native population. Americans shrank alike from the social contact and the economic competition thus created. They became increasingly unwilling to bring forth sons and daughters who should be obliged to compete in the market for labor and in the walks of life with those whom they did not recognize as of their own grade and condition. Francis Amasa Walker
[I have] concerns [about] the character of the foreigners now resorting to our shores. Fifty, even thirty years ago, there was a rightful presumption regarding the average immigrant that he was among the most enterprising, thrifty, alert, adventurous, and courageous of the community from which he came. It required no small energy, prudence, forethought, and pains to conduct the inquiries relating to his migration, to accumulate the necessary means, and to find his way across the Atlantic. To-day the presumption is completely reversed. Francis Amasa Walker
A refuge for the oppressed from every land and clime. John Bright
Our nation is the enduring dream of every immigrant who ever set foot on these shores, and the millions still struggling to be free. This nation, this idea called America, was and always will be a new world -- our new world. George W. Bush
We can’t pretend that we are not a nation of immigrants. We always have been. It’s been our greatest strength… The majority of babies born in this country are the children of immigrants and minorities …. No other nation on earth can handle these demographics. Colin Powell
Immigration has always been a concept that inflames passions/ Barack Obama
It is the immigrant hordes who keep this country alive, the waves of them arriving year after year.... Who believes in America more than the people who run down the gangplank and kiss the ground? E. L. Doctorow
Part of America's genius has always been its ability to absorb newcomers, to forge a national identity out of the disparate lot that arrived on our shore. Barack Obama
The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations And Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment. George Washington
… the tendency, reprehensible and paradoxical as it might be, has been for the national clusters of immigrants, as they became more and more firmly established and more and more prosperous, to cultivate more and more assiduously the literatures and cultural traditions of their homelands. Assimilation, in other words, instead of washing out the memories of Europe, made them more and more intensely real. Just as these clusters became more and more objectively American, did they become more and more German or Scandinavian or Bohemian or Polish. Randolph Bourne
If freedom means the right to do pretty much as one pleases, so long as one does not interfere with others, the immigrant has found freedom, and the ruling element has been singularly liberal in its treatment of the invading hordes. But if freedom means a democratic cooperation in determining the ideals and purposes and industrial and social institutions of a country, then the immigrant has not been free, and Anglo- Saxon element is guilty of just what every dominant race is guilty of in every European country: the imposition of its own culture upon the minority peoples. The fact that this imposition has been so mild and, indeed, semi- conscious does not alter its quality. Randolph Bourne
We have opened our doors to unrestricted immigration, partly because capitalists want plenty of cheap labor, which is not a good reason; and partly because the immigrants want to come, which is not a sufficient reason. Agnes Repplier
Let the Anglo- Saxon ask himself where he would have been if these races had not come? Let those who feel the inferiority of the non- Anglo-Saxon immigrant contemplate that region of the States which has remained the most distinctively 'American,' the South. Let him ask himself whether he would really like to see the foreign hordes Americanized into such an Americanization. Let him ask himself how superior this native civilization is to the great 'alien' states of Wisconsin and Minnesota, where Scandinavians, Poles, and Germans have self- consciously labored to preserve their traditional culture, while being outwardly and satisfactorily American. Let him ask himself how much wis more wisdom, intelligence, industry and social leadership has come out of these alien states than out of all the truly American ones. The South, in fact, while this vast Northern development has gone on, still remains an English colony, stagnant and complacent, having progressed culturally scarcely beyond the early Victorian era. It is culturally sterile because it has had no advantage of cross-fertilization like the Northern states. Randolph Bourne
America is transplanted Europe, but a Europe that has not been disintegrated and scattered in the transplanting as in some Dispersion. Its colonies live here inextricably mingled, yet not homogeneous. They merge but they do not fuse. Randolph Bourne
… we shall have to accept, I think, that free and mobile passage of the immigrant between America and his native land again which now arouses so much prejudice among us. We shall have to accept the immigrant's return for the same reason that we consider justified our own flitting about the earth. To stigmatize the alien who works in America for a few years and returns to his own land, only perhaps to seek American fortune again, is to think in narrow nationalistic terms. It is to ignore the cosmopolitan significance of this migration. It is to ignore the fact that the returning immigrant is often a missionary to an inferior civilization. Randolph Bourne
We are not dealing with individuals who are to 'evolve.' We are dealing with their children, who with that education we are about to have, will start level with all of us. Let us cease to think of ideals like democracy as magical qualities inherent in certain peoples. Let us speak, not of inferior races, but of inferior civilizations. We are all to educate and to be educated. These peoples in America are in a common enterprise. It is not what we are now that concerns us, but what this plastic next generation may become in the light of a new cosmopolitan ideal. Randolph Bourne
The population feels the physical pressure of the foreigners coming and working here, some [of whom] are prepared to work longer hours or accept less. Lee Hsien Loong
Liberty will nevermore be without an asylum. Marquis de; Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier
The closed-door policy [to immigration] is one of the root causes of our wars. Ludwig von Mises
There cannot be the slightest doubt that migration barriers diminish the productivity of human labor. Ludwig von Mises
Better free in a strange land than a slave at home. German Proverb
Thirty-five to forty percent of the people who are not lawfully present in the United States entered the country legally – through student visas, visitor visas, business visas, visa waivers. All of these people entered the country legally, so securing the borders really doesn’t affect that aspect of illegal immigration. Bob Goodlatte
Americans’ opinions on immigration have always been connected to their broader ideas about the role of government authority. The platform of 19th-century nativists contained more than racist invective. It also proposed strong states’ rights, a smaller standing army and tight limits on government expenses — all to preserve the American ideal of the independent yeoman free to defend his homestead from crowned tyrants and foreign invaders. Molly Worthen
We have a very positive ‘immigration problem’ in this country, in that the Latino community coming in, both legally and illegally, generally possesses a value system that is compatible with America’s value system. Jim Daly
Immigration risks infiltration by influences subversive of the American way of life. National Association of Evangelicals
We might have some problems with some countries. Why should we not take into consideration the country of origin [in making immigration decisions]? Charles Grassley
You're a slave in your own country, White Man. Each year you get to keep less of the fruits of your labor; each year it gets more difficult to carry the burden the aliens have placed upon you; each year the cheap labor of aliens makes your future less secure; each year you retreat a few steps more into the world of slavery. George Lincoln Rockwell
I just think you people (African Americans) would be happier back in Africa where you came from. George Lincoln Rockwell
Create legal immigration channels that are wide enough and efficient enough that people choose to go through our system, not around it, We should have an orderly system in which families can stick together, people have rights, rules are enforced, and employers don’t cheat to undercut their competition. Luis Gutierrez
Immigration reform is something that the Democrats have promised and the Republicans need. Steve A. Schwartzman
[Referring to immigrants:] They're all over the place, and they don't speak English. Do we want more of this? Robert Byrd
The progeny of the immigrants of yesterday have always feared the immigrants of today would usurp their jobs and lower their standard of living. All Americans have been the progeny of immigrants except for those who were immigrants themselves. Lewis D. Eigen
Mr. President, I have gone very carefully over my calculations as to the power of the country to export the Negroes of the South and I assure you that, using all your naval vessels and all the merchant marines fit to cross the seas with safety, it will be impossible for you to transport to the nearest place that can be found fit for them—and that is the Island of San Domingo, half as fast as Negro children will be born here. Benjamin Franklin
It is difficult for people to listen to you about taxes and government if they believe you want to deport their grandmother. Marco Rubio
Immigration problems have been solved nowhere in the world. Emma Bonino
For we Americans, we are restless, the restless of all nations. None but the restless has ever come to America. Pearl S. Buck
New York seems to be an El Dorado for keyboard instruments. I soon found employment with a piano manufacturer. It’s a pretty well-paying job. The growth of wealth in the United States promises great opportunities for piano manufacturers. You will hardly believe it, but in nearly every household there is a piano. Family music is a part of daily life here. Henry E. Steinway
… employers use newcomers [illegal immigrants] to drive down wages because they are … in the shadows. Richard Trumka
On immigration reform you don’t get a bill without a path to citizenship . Thomas J. Donahue
Shall They Return to Jerusalem Again? Thomas Brightman
All free white people who have or shall migrate into the United States, and shall give satisfactory proof, before a magistrate, by oath, that they intend to reside herein, and shall take an oath of allegiance, and shall have resided in the United States for one whole year, shall be entitled to all the rights of citizenship. United States Congress
Our mission and the missions of many religious groups across Alabama have been made impossible. This law interferes with the free exercise of religion. It violates core values of various faiths because it criminalizes acts of love and hospitality – commandments from our God of many names. Scott Douglas
the skilled immigrants will be long gone. They’ll be back home building the next Googles and Intels in other countries, and we will wake up 5 years from now and wonder how we let this happen. Vivek Wadhwa
We must come up with new immigration laws to … show that we are a compassionate nation of immigrants. Condoleeza Rice
It is better for Muslims not to settle in non-Muslim societies. Osama bin Laden
Immigration was fine until the wretched Muslims came. Helmut Schmidt
Bread is high, employment scarce, and wages are low in Europe, and there will be a tide of men flowing into our country that will give value to those lands William Darrah Kelley
Immigration has almost ceased, and the resent unsettled condition of Europe … should invite on our part the adoption of the most liberal policy, which will induce the immigrant to seek a home here … We should do all in our power to invite immigration and capital to our unoccupied public lands. John Fox Potter
Europeans have learned of the immense extent of our country and its limitless resources … They have also begun, or soon will begin, to learn of the Homestead law and provisions for securing to every man not only life, liberty and the freedom to pursue happiness but also the means of gaining an independent livelihood. New York Times
I don't think it is wrong, racist, immoral or anything, for a country to say 'we will decide what the cultural identity and the cultural destiny of this country will be and nobody else.’ John Howard
I’m not having hundreds of fucking Vietnamese … coming into this country with their religious and political hatreds against us! Gough Whitlam
We used to have a view that to really be a good Australian, to love Australia, you almost had to cut your links with the country of origin. But I don’t think that was right and it never was right. Malcolm Fraser
There is a battle going on and we have to defend ourselves. Before you know it there will be more mosques than churches! Geert Wilders
There has never been an immigrant group that has not contributed to America more than it has received. Tom Cole
Within the 13 colonies, it is a good bet that one-third to one-half of the 150 or so counties that existed in 1775 had populations in which “outsiders”—persons born outside the province or at least one parent born outside—outnumbered “natives”. Kevin Phillips
The United States has never had a neat, painless way to add newcomers. But our most shameful moments have involved the exclusion of groups, often those that do our hardest labor: Indians, African-Americans, Chinese, Irish, Italians, Catholics, Jews, Poles, Japanese-Americans, Hispanics. America has stood proudest when it dared to stretch the definition of who “we” are. New York Times
United States immigration reform would be a fair recognition of those [Mexicans] who live in the United States and are part of the dynamic U. S. economy. Enrique Pena Nieto
… immigrants in the United States are almost twice as likely to start a new business as native born Americans Carla Hills
Migrants are essentially escaping from countries with dysfunctional social models. Paul Collier
Migrants bring their culture with them… unsurprisingly, Nigerian immigrants to other societies tend to be untrusting and opportunistic. Paul Collier
The fallacies of the Melting Pot theory have also become obvious. Years before the war [WWI] it had become increasingly apparent that the Melting Pot was no longer successfully performing its function; that the American population was losing its homogeneous character; that various nationalities of recent immigrants were forming more and more compact racial "blocs," each bloc tenaciously maintaining its own racial character, customs, and traditions. Robert DeCourcy Ward
For many decades the country was very sparsely settled. There was abundant free land. Labor was scarce. The number of immigrants was still very small, and nearly all of them were sturdy pioneers, essentially homogeneous and readily assimilated. There was, therefore, little need to worry about any immigration "problems," and it was comforting to the consciences of our ancestors to keep the doors wide open. Robert DeCourcy Ward
Keep California White! Asiatic Immigration Exclusion League
At the opening of the present Congress, it was very offensive to say anything detrimental about the Japanese immigration in the presence of a Congressman or a Senator, and the President of the United States was even reported to have said that if they sent the representatives of the Japanese and Korean Exclusion League to the White House he would deport the members of the committee. The change which has taken place is notable, not only in the halls of legislation in Washington, but in the industrial and commercial centers of the east. Asiatic Immigration Exclusion League
I venture to write and congratulate the League through you upon the progress made toward the ultimate exclusion of Japanese and all Mongolians from our shores. Everis A. Hayes
America must be kept American Calvin Coolidge
There was no question of the racial superiority of northwestern Europeans or of the racial inferiority of southeastern Europeans. It was simply a question as to which of these two groups of aliens is, as a whole, best fitted by tradition, political background, customs, education, and habits of thought to adjust itself to American institutions and to American social and economic conditions--to become, in short, an adaptable, homogeneous and helpful element in American national life. Robert DeCourcy Ward
What goes into the Melting Pot determines what shall come out of it. Robert DeCourcy Ward
… a polyglot boarding house Theodore Roosevelt
For a round hundred years it was a national ideal that the United States should be the asylum for the poor and the oppressed of every land. This very early came to be known as the "traditional" American attitude towards immigration. Robert DeCourcy Ward
The first general immigration act was passed as recently as 1882 and provided only for the exclusion of convicts … of lunatics, of idiots, and of persons likely to become a public charge. Robert DeCourcy Ward
Up to one-fourth of the newcomers are not wanted and are of no benefit to the country. William Williams
Immigrant rights are civil rights. Claire Guthrie Gastanaga
People are really rather afraid that this country might be rather swamped by people with a different culture... Margaret Thatcher
The land, the villages, the mountains, the roads are in their hands. The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country, while we are still outside. David Ben-Gurion
Their removal is sensibly felt in this country—The prevalent humor of industrious Protestants withdrawing from this once flourishing corner of the kingdom seems to be increasing …. Where the evil will end, remains only in the womb of time to determine. Londonderry Journal
Act to Encourage Protestant Strangers to Settle in Ireland Ireland
Here are a vast number of people shipping off for Pennsylvania and Boston. Here are 3 ships at Larne, 5 at Derry, 2 at Coleraine, 3 at Belfast, and 4 at Sligo. I’m assured that within these eight years there are gone above 30 thousand people out of Ulster and the low part of Connacht. Thomas Whitney
The people of the United States live in a new country, that is, I mean new to western civilization. They came here to get rid of Europe, many of them; some to worship God in their own way and carry on their governments in their own way. They were freed from the long warhabit of Europe. Henry Cabot Lodge
You know, here in America we only work half a day—12 hours. Anonymous
Between 1845 and 1855, 2,100,000 chose to escape from Ireland; of those 1,500,000 went to the United States. Jonathan Bardon
Women bear the brunt of the broken immigration system and they are tired of seeing their families torn apart and the country that they love being less than it should be. Pamela Jayapal
We had people and we exported them faster than cattle, and like cattle, and while fathers, sons, and daughters cried all the way to the train and the bus and the ship, the flow back of emigrant cheques and money orders evaporated the maternal and wifely tears so that on the threshold of the Post Office or the Hibernian Bank below in main street you would make a little more with every passing week. John Healy
You can’t fix legal immigration until you fix illegal immigration. Marco Rubio
For over thirty years hundreds of thousands of Italians have left their country annually; in 1913 the number was almost a million. A stream of young blood flows uninterruptedly from the open veins of Italy and spreads itself over the world, adding to the power and wealth of foreign competitors and soon becoming irrevocably lost to Italy. Thus Italy is being stifled by the poverty of her homeland and by her lack of colonial possessions… Francesco Coppola
I will not support amnesty for anybody, I mean, that would be rewarding bad behavior. James Clyburn
Give us our visas!. Anonymous
You who are so-called “illegal aliens” must know that no human being is illegal. Elie Wiesel
When one refers to an immigrant as an "illegal alien," one is using the term as a noun. The user of the term is effectively saying that the individual, as opposed to any actions that the individual has taken, is illegal. The term “illegal alien” implies that a person’s existence is criminal. I’m not aware of any other circumstance in our common vernacular where a crime is considered to render the individual – as opposed to the individual’s actions – as being illegal. We don’t even refer to our most dangerous and vile criminals as being “illegal” people. Shahid Haque-Hausrath
It is an open secret that Obama is trying to flood Texas with illegals to make it into a blue state. Steve Stockman
No society has a boundless capacity to accept newcomers, especially when they are poor and under-nourished. Robert Jacob Samuelson
Many of the worst off, native-born Americans are hurt by immigration—especially immigration from Mexico. Because Mexican immigrants have much less education than the average U. S. worker, they increase the supply of less-skilled labor, driving down the wages of the worst-skilled Americans.. Paul Krugman
America looked like the land of the future, separated by an ocean from the misfortunes, follies, and crimes of Europe. Emilio G. Segre
Colonization is urged on all hands, and all unite in the effort to force emigration in the direction needed to raise up “colonies of customers.” Henry Charles Carey
Let's not confuse the words immigrant and alien. Mario Cuomo
Different as they may be from my parents' generation, today's new Americans still bring with them the same old fashioned family values: discipline, a sense of responsibility, an eagerness to work—to achieve ... Mario Cuomo
Because of Congress’s failure to act, States like Arizona have no choice but to take a strong action to discourage the further flow of illegal immigration through our borders. Janet Napolitano
The Federal Government does not control our borders as the law requires …. I haven’t received a response saying that the check is in the mail….When people illegally cross our borders that the Federal Government is supposed to control, the Federal Government should pick up the tab. Janet Napolitano
Part of our sovereignty as a nation is having an immigration law that we can enforce. Janet Napolitano
Americans do not care what your origins are. They care what your destination is. Ronald Reagan
Historically, postwar black immigrants to Britain were concerned less with preserving their cultural differences than in achieving political equality. The political elite, on the other hand, has been obsessed by the question of cultural difference. Kenan Malik
Yellow Peril Wilhelm II
In the 1980s, when the Justice Department began to hunt war criminals who had lied in order to enter this country, both agencies actively obstructed the investigations. They were also protected by White House officials such as Pat Buchanan... Deborah E. Lipstadt
When an oriental who, throughout his life, has lived in his own country, where the will of his Sovereign is supreme, and the personal liberty of the subject unknown, first sets foot on the soil of the United States, he breathes an atmosphere unlike anything he has ever known… he is lost in wonderment. Wu Tingfang
Without the Chinese, it would have been impossible to complete the Western portion of this great National Highway. [The Transcontinental Railroad] Leland Stanford
Those of us who eat beef and bread and drink beer … will have to drop his knife and fork and take up the chopsticks. James G. Blaine
No greater calamity could now befall the United States than to have the Pacific Slope fill up with a Mongolian [Asian] population. Theodore Roosevelt
… nothing less than the legalization of racial discrimination George Frisbie Hoar
There is racism behind many of the [American] comments about immigration. Enrique Pena Nieto
There are over 10 million ethnic Poles in the United States which make the U. S. a comfortable place to visit. But Poles going to Disney World go to Paris instead of going to Orlando or Los Angeles. Why? Because they do not want to endure the indignity of having to stand in line to get permission to travel to the United States. Ryszard Schnepf
Britain’s efforts to restrict immigration have become “a very large obstacle” to hiring the best scientists. John O'Keefe
… we are answerable to an electorate which is uncomfortable with destabilizing mass immigration. Philip Hammond
If allowed to continue, the population will increase by 12 million—two more Scotlands—in 20 years. That’s huge. Andrew Green
Our nation is the enduring dream of every immigrant who ever set foot on these shores, and the millions still struggling to be free. This nation, this idea called America, was and always will be a new world -- our new world. George W. Bush
The approximately 50,000 slaves smuggled into the United States after 1808 became the first illegal immigrants. Jake Scobey-Thal
“Illegal” should describe only an action, not a person. Kathleen Carroll
In the U.S., we are doing ourselves tremendous damage by having such bad immigration policies. We have built the best educational institutions on the planet, and we educate the brightest minds from all countries, and then we kick them out when they want to stay here. I think well-planned and well-executed immigration reforms, especially for students, would be one of the biggest drivers of entrepreneurship and innovation—something as simple as allowing the bright minds we’ve educated to stay and contribute to the American economy. Marcelo Claure
It [being an immigrant] gave me a huge advantage. Being an immigrant is the best of both worlds. You’re programmed two different ways. You’re bringing the best from your culture—and Hispanic culture has so many great things—and mixing it with the greatest country in the world. That gives us an advantage in comparison to somebody who was born in the U.S., went to school here, and the U.S. is all they’ve seen. We’ve seen the other side. Marcelo Claure
Immigrants everywhere have been a wonderful bonus for the host countries. Sometimes it amazes me how anti-immigration feelings arise in Europe or the United States, when immigration has been wonderful for business. Mo Ibrahim
One of the problems is that there are people in the shadows. There are people afraid of their own government William Weld
Our immigration system is broken. Barack Obama
Foreigners being persecuted by reactionaries and exploiters can find asylum here [Cuba]. It does not matter if they speak English and were born in the United States. Fidel Castro
Why should the Palatine Boors be suffered to swarm into our Settlements … Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us. Benjamin Franklin
People do not inquire concerning a Stranger, What is he? but What can he do? If he has any useful art, he is welcome, and if he exercises it, and behaves well, he will be respected by all that know him; but a mere Man of Quality, who on that account, wants to live upon the Public, by some Office or Salary, who will be despised and disregarded. Benjamin Franklin
Want of Money in a Country discourages Labouring and Handicrafts Men (which are the chief Strength and Support of a People) from coming to settle in it, and induces many that were settled to leave the Country, and seek Entertainment and Employment in other Places, where they can be better paid …. A Plentiful Currency will encourage great Numbers of Labouring and Handicrafts Men to come and Settle in the Country Benjamin Franklin
Nothing is more to be wished than that the United States would themselves undertake to make such an establishment on the coast of Africa ... But for this the national mind is not yet prepared. It may perhaps be doubted whether many of these people would voluntarily consent to such an exchange of situation, and very certain that few of those advanced to a certain age in habits of slavery, would be capable of self-government. This should not, however, discourage the experiment, nor the early trial of it; and the proposition should be made with all the prudent cautions and attentions requisite to reconcile it to the interests, the safety, and the prejudices of all parties Thomas Jefferson
The American Society for Colonizing the Free People of Color of the United States. Anonymous
Great God, if the humble and weak are as dear To thy love as the proud, to thy children give ear! Our brethren would drive us in deserts to roam; Forgive them, O Father, and keep us at home. Home, sweet home! We have no other; this, this is our home Anonymous
WHEREAS, Our ancestors (not of choice) were the first successful cultivators of the wilds of America, we their descendants feel ourselves entitled to participate in the blessings of her luxuriant soil, which their blood and sweat manured; and that any measure or system of measures, having a tendency to banish us from her bosom, would not only be cruel, but in direct violation of those principles which have been the boast of this republic, Resolved: That we view with deep abhorrence the unmerited stigma attempted to be cast upon the reputation of the free people of color, by the promoters of this measure, "that they are a dangerous and useless part of the community," when in the state of disfranchisement in which they live, in the hour of danger they ceased to remember their wrongs, and rallied around the standard of their country. Resolved: That we never will separate ourselves voluntarily from the slave population of this country; they are our brethren by the ties of consanguinity, of suffering, and of wrong; and we feel that there is more virtue in suffering privations with them, than fancied advantages for a season. Resolved: That without arts, without science, without a proper knowledge of government to cast upon the savage wilds of Africa the free people of color, seems to us the circuitous route through which they must return to perpetual bondage. Resolved: That having the strongest confidence in the justice of God, and philanthropy of the free states, we cheerfully submit our destinies to the guidance of Him who suffers not a sparrow to fall without his special providence. James Forten
Two years long have I sought a home; here I have found it; here I remain. Elijah Johnson
Western societies will have to focus on the dangers of too rapid cultural change. That might involve some limits on the rate of immigration and on the kinds of immigrants who are permitted to enter. Fareed Zakaria
A bloated aristocracy rakes the slums of Asia to find the meanest slave on earth—the Chinese coolie—and imports him here to meet the free American in the labor market and further widen the breach between the rich and the poor, still further to degrade white labor. Denis Kearney
European immigrants [to Great Britain] have even been a boon to public finances because they pay more in taxes than they consume in government services. Swati Dhingra
Free Movement of labor is the sine qua non of the EU, Swati Dhingra
Deportation is crucial. Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: Those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave. The top priorities for detention and removal, of course, are criminal aliens. But for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process U. S. Commission on Immigration Reform
Through both our admissions policies and, equally importantly, through our support for international protection and assistance, the United States leads the world in responding to refugee and related humanitarian crises. U. S. Commission on Immigration Reform
Since its very beginnings, America has been a refuge for the persecuted— a “city on the hill” beckoning the victims of political, religious, ethnic, and other forms of repression. U. S. Commission on Immigration Reform
The current system for admission of refugees with family ties in the U.S. is fraught with inconsistencies and discriminatory practices. U. S. Commission on Immigration Reform
Through the example of our own policies as well as leadership in international fora, the United States should work towards adoption of more effective policies to avert, respond to, and resolve refugee and related humanitarian crises. U. S. Commission on Immigration Reform
[It] is exactly what politicians want. They want you to feel and behave like children while they pretend to be the all-knowing benevolent father. While they rile you up about how immigrants are stealing your jobs, they distract you from enlightening facts, including the assessment of some experts that the influx of Latino immigrant workers of the past 25 years has had less effect on employment patterns than factories that moved abroad, the decline of labor unions and the recurring recessions. So while we’re told to focus on building a massive wall to keep out immigrants, the real causes of job loss and economic instability continue unabated. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
I’m not going to pay for that fucking wall, Vicente Fox
They are having babies and the babies are becoming citizens and we have to take care of them. Donald Trump
Donald Trump's executive order suspending the entry of Syrian refugees and of anyone from seven Muslim countries is filled with requests for reports and information. The Department of Homeland Security, the State Department are asked to provide information on the numbers of foreign terrorists and then to issue progress reports on the policy with more data within one and three months. So let me save the government some money and offer the data right now. Alex Nowrasteh of the Cato Institute, a conservative think tank, has tallied the number of Americans killed by citizens of the seven countries banned from 1975 to 2015. They are as followed. From Iraq, zero. From Iran, zero. From Syria, zero. From Yemen, zero. From Libya, zero. From Somalia, zero. And from Sudan, you guessed it, zero. Incidentally that number from Saudi Arabia is 2,369. From the UAE it's 314. From Egypt it's 162, according to Cato. Why certain countries are on or off this list is truly mysterious. Some newspapers have noted correctly that none of the Muslim majority countries that have a Trump hotel, building or office are on the list. More broadly, Cato's Nowrasteh points out, that including 9/11, the chance of an American being killed by foreign terrorists on U.S. soil over that 41-year period is 1 in 3.6 million per year. Be killed by a refugee, your chances are 1 in 3.64 billion per year. So there's really no rational basis for this policy. What explains it then? I suppose what's explained so much of Donald Trump's political career, the exploitation of fear. From the birther campaign to the talk of Mexican rapist, Trump has always trafficked in fear-mongering Fareed Zakaria
This is a response to a problem that does not exist. It is an outgrowth of nativism. David Brooks
“Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" Donald Trump
The government of Mexico and the Mexican people do not have to accept provisions that one government unilaterally wants to impose on the other. Luis Videgaray
The open borders position may sound new and radical, but it is simply a call for the return of lost liberties. When the Statue of Liberty was erected in 1886, most of the world’s borders could be freely crossed without passports. Passport requirements had sometimes existed before and were still in place in backward Tsarist Russia, but the more liberal governments of advanced European nations regulated migration, as modern democracies regulate speech, only rather lightly and in exceptional cases, if at all. Comprehensive restrictions on international movement, which almost everyone today regards as a normal and necessary government function, are really an innovation of the twentieth century, which emerged as liberalism gave way to nationalism and socialism in the wake of World War I. Although the reasons for border control were The open borders position may sound new and radical, but it is simply a call for the return of lost liberties. When the Statue of Liberty was erected in 1886, most of the world’s borders could be freely crossed without passports. Passport requirements had sometimes existed before and were still in place in backward tsarist Russia, but the more liberal governments of advanced European nations regulated migration, as modern democracies regulate speech, only rather lightly and in exceptional cases, if at all. Comprehensive restrictions on international movement, which almost everyone today regards as a normal and necessary government function, are really an innovation of the twentieth century, which emerged as liberalism gave way to nationalism and socialism in the wake of World War I. Although the reasons for border control were often explicitly racist—such as the national origins quotas of the 1924 U.S. Immigration Act—the restrictions were also motivated by bona fide national security concerns, as well as a desire to protect native wages and welfare states from immigrant competition and foreign dependents. Nathan Smith
In America, our origins matter less than our destinations and that is what democracy is all about. Ronald Reagan
There are neighborhoods in France that are not French… Why would immigrants want to change France is they left their country to live in France? .. You have two kinds of people living in France: The French and the others…. To offer something to the world, France has to remain France.| Marine Le Pen
We can't restore our civilization with someome else's babies. Steve King
New Orleans is truly a city of many nations, a melting pot, a bubbling cauldron of many cultures. There is no other place quite like it in the world that so eloquently exemplifies the uniquely American motto: e pluribus unum — out of many we are one. Mitch Landrieu
I doubt if most native born Americans could pass the Citizenship test required of immigrants without a lot of hard study. David Rubenstein
The key here is to be fair to the 11 million [illegal immigrants], starting with the [2 million younger illegals] ‘Dreamers'....I’ve stopped letting 30 percent of the people who are mad about immigration determine how I behave. To those who feel like you should deport [younger illegals], boy, I couldn’t disagree with you more…. To the people who object to this, I don’t want you to vote for me because I cannot serve you well. Lindsey Graham
There is no Americano dream. There is only the American dream created by an Anglo-Protestant society. Mexican-Americans will share in that dream and in that society only if they dream in English. Samuel P. Huntington
Maybe Mexicans are lazy except when they’re taking everyone’s jobs. Carlos Lozada
Mexican immigration is leading toward the demographic reconquista of areas Americans took from Mexico by force in the 1830s and 1840s Samuel P. Huntington
When I first came to this country I could not speak English. Now I get paid to write it. Julia Ioffe
Refugees are not terrorists. They are the victims of terrorists .... In my experience people with terrorist intent do not choose the reugee route to enter a country. There is too much scruiteny and takes too long. They use ofher ways. Antonio Guterres
Notice: Communist, Nhilist,Fenian Socialist, Hoodlem Welcome. But No Admission to Chinamen The Only One Barred Out Enlightened American Statesman: "We must draw the line somewhere, you know." Anonymous
The Chinese Most GO. But Who Keeps Them? The Wasp (magazine)
You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt. Book of Exodus
We have two borders--one with Mexico and the other with Canada, I've done a lot of looking, but I have never seen an illegal Canadian .... Canada has a sound, stable economy, and that's what you need to solve the border problem. That that's why a wall by itself will never work. Lindsey Graham
We should exclude murderous atheists, who would pull down Church and state; religion and God; morality and happiness .... When they smile, I see blood trickling down their faces; I see their insidious purposes; I see that the object of all their cajoling is—blood! I now warn my countrymen to beware of these execrable philosophers, whose only object it is to destroy every thing that is good here, and to establish immorality and murder by precept and example. Edmund Burke
Whether we come from poverty or wealth; whether we are Afro-American or Irish-American; Christian or Jewish, from big cities or small towns, we are all equal in the eyes of God. But as Americans, that is not enough, we must be equal in the eyes of each other. We can no longer judge each other on the basis of what we are, but must, instead, start finding out who we are. In America, our origins matter less than our destinations and that is what democracy is all about. Ronald Reagan
Americans are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal immigrants entering this country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by our citizens or legal immigrants, and the public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. That's why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal aliens who try to take American jobs, and by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens. Bill Clinton
… immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants. That’s just supply and demand: we’re talking about large increases in the number of low-skill workers relative to other inputs into production, so it’s inevitable that this means a fall in wages. Paul Krugman
The fiscal burden of low-wage immigrants is also pretty clear. … I think that you’d be hard pressed to find any set of assumptions under which Mexican immigrants are a net fiscal plus, but equally hard pressed to make the burden more than a fraction of a percent of G.D.P. Paul Krugman
We were stolen from our mother country and brought here. We have tilled the ground and made fortunes for thousands, and still they are not weary of our services. _But they who stay to till the ground must be slaves_. Is there not land enough in America, or 'corn enough in Egypt'? Why should they send us into a far country to die? See the thousands of foreigners emigrating to America every year: and if there be ground sufficient for them to cultivate, and bread for them to eat, why would they wish to send the ‘first tillers’ of the land away? Africans have made fortunes for thousands, who are yet unwilling to part with their services; but the free must be sent away, and those who remain must be slaves. I have no doubt that there are many good men who do not see as I do, and who are sending us to Liberia; but they have not duly considered the subject--they are not men of color. This land which we have watered with our tears and our blood is now our ‘mother country’, and we are well satisfied to stay where wisdom abounds and the gospel is free. Richard Allen (bishop)
If you want the American Dream, go to Finland. Ed Miliband