"Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I come from an immigrant culture. I’m only a couple of generations away from having been a servant girl myself."
- Caitlin Flanagan
"I always heard that immigrants had a really hard life when they came to America."
- Sofia Vergara
"Immigration is a good thing, we should make that as easy as possible."
- Gary Johnson
"Komagata Maru sailed, [...in 1914], carrying 376 passengers from Punjab, British India. Of them, 24 were admitted to Canada, but the other 352 passengers were not allowed to disembark in Canada, and the ship was forced to return to India. The passengers comprised 340 Sikhs, 24 Muslims, and 12 Hindus, all British subjects. This was one of several incidents in the early 20th century in which exclusion laws in Canada and the United States were used to exclude immigrants of Asian origin."
- Source: Wikipedia
"Immigrants do more than help us win our wars, or set up cleaning shops or ethnic restaurants."
- Stephen Ambrose
Kevin Jay Stanton
"Our immigration system is a broken system that needs to be fixed. We need reform that provides hardworking people of good character with a real path towards citizenship."
- Joe Baca
"There should not be a question of legal or illegal immigration. People came and immigrated to this country from the time of the Indians. No one's illegal."
- Linda Ronstadt
"A lot of young people just starting out unskilled, as all Americans do when they're born here, come to this country, and so the business community is for immigration."
- Grover Norquist
"Immigration is the ultimate entrepreneurship."
- Sam Yagan
"I want to help correct the inaccurate image of immigration in the media. There is an idea that women's issues are over here and immigration is over there. Three quarters of undocumented workers are women and children."
- Gloria Steinem
"With all the negativity going on in the world right now, people need an escape. When you give them a hit record or a great record, it allows them to escape for at least three to four minutes. They're not thinking bills or economy or immigration or war when you create that kind of ambiance."
"Gentrification is a form of immigration, though almost nobody calls it that."
- Annalen Newitz
"Immigration should be enforced in a proportional and humane manner."
- Roger Mahony
"Going forward, as we work to strengthen our border in the interests of homeland security, we must also recognize the economic importance of immigration reform."
- Dave Reichert
"We must do everything in our power to keep families together, and to use common sense in our immigration laws. Children deserve better than to lose a parent because of an inflexible law."
- Jose Serrano
"But then I came to the conclusion that no, while there may be an immigration problem, it isn't really a serious problem. The really serious problem is assimilation."
- Samuel P. Huntington
"Our nation is built upon a history of immigration, dating back to our first pioneers, the Pilgrims. For more than three centuries, we have welcomed generations of immigrants to our melting pot of hyphenated America: British-Americans; Italian-Americans; Irish-Americans; Jewish-Americans; Mexican-Americans; Chinese-Americans; Indian-Americans."
- Ami Bera
"Because the worst of all worlds is when you pretend like you have an immigration policy, you make coming into the United States without our permission illegal, and then you actually don't enforce it."
- Tom Tancredo
"Stopping illegal immigration would mean that wages would have to rise to a level where natives would want the jobs currently taken by 'illegal aliens'."
- Thomas Sowell
"...but oppression can beget nothing other than itself."
- Charles Dickens, 'A Tale of Two Cities'
"As Congress continues to debate ways to address illegal immigration, we must remember the many hard-working legal immigrants that contribute so much to our nation's economy and culture. "
- Bob Filner
"A broken immigration system means broken families and broken lives."