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Immigration Quotes by Blake Farenthold, Russell Pearce, Jose Serrano, Malcolm Wallop, Sam Brownback, Luis Gutierrez and many others.

With President Obama restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, the immigration preferential treatment given to Cubans… no longer makes sense.
Blake Farenthold
In the absence of a limitation on local enforcement powers, the states are bound by the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution to enforce violations of the federal immigration laws.
Russell Pearce
We must make immigration a legal, orderly process to eliminate this issue, not further criminalize it.
Jose Serrano
I’m a big supporter of immigration.
Malcolm Wallop
Immigration is a volatile issue, but we’re in the middle of it now, and probably the worst thing to do is to not do anything. Everybody recognizes the current system is not working the way we want it to work. It has huge flaws to it; need to do something.
Sam Brownback
It is so difficult to, day in and day out, hear these incredibly painful stories of the destructive nature of our broken immigration system.
Luis Gutierrez
The Democrats’ version of immigration is all about securing additional votes.
Rush Limbaugh
Obama has a strong record on immigration enforcement, outdoing both Republican and Democratic predecessors. He has deported over 1 million immigrants, focusing on those with criminal records. As documented by many nonpartisan sources, by 2011, Obama had reduced illegal immigration crossings to net zero.
Donna Brazile
If you are opposed to immigration or support strictly punitive immigration measures, you cannot even start a conversation about other issues with most Latino voters.
Luis Gutierrez
Missing from the national conversation are voices of pro-immigration reformers and civil rights leaders, who can speak on behalf of those who have no voice.
Andrew Lam
I’m for immigration reform. I think the system’s horribly broken, and we need to do something about it.
Rand Paul
To fix our immigration system, we must change our leadership in Washington and we must change it quickly. Sadly, sadly there is no other way. The truth is our immigration system is worse than anybody ever realized.
Donald Trump
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. Big businesses, small businesses, high-tech, low-tech, the communities of faith, and the Republican leadership.
Grover Norquist
The first duty of government is to ensure its citizens are protected, but ID cards could never have done that. They would have been a distraction from the real work that needs to be done in countering terrorism, illegal immigration or benefit fraud.
Damian Green
Arizona seeks only to enforce the nominal immigration policy of the United States. Perhaps the federal government should try it sometime.
Rich Lowry
Amnesty is a big billboard, a flashing billboard, to the rest of the world that we don’t really mean our immigration law.
Richard Lamm
We all learned in kindergarten that the beginning is a very good place to start. As we have this debate on illegal immigration and illegal entry into this country, let’s begin at the very beginning by sealing the borders to this great Nation.
Marsha Blackburn
I don’t think it’s good for economy to have a broken immigration system.
Michael Grimm
We have a long, ugly history of white supremacy in this country, ranging from Jim Crow laws to keep African Americans down to the 1924 Immigration Act to keep non-Europeans out.
Max Boot
Immigration is a system and a set of policies. And immigrants are the people behind those policies and behind that system, and the human stories.
Cristina Henriquez
Yellow shirts have brightened immigration demonstrations across the country
Pablo Alvarado
Immigration is a legitimate concern, but it’s not a good reason to leave the E.U.
Jo Cox
Stopping new illegal immigration – preventing the effects that will have on our schools, on our hospitals, on our welfare system, on our wage earners – will save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars.
Stephen Miller
Even if we were able to agree on an ideal set of immigration laws, enforcing such laws in the face of hundreds of thousands of cases is impossible in practice.
Dan Crenshaw
Obama has had two raging successes in his term: He has slashed unemployment by persuading millions to give up hope and leave the labor force; and He has cut illegal immigration by casting the United States into a permanent job shortage. Some achievements!
Dick Morris
Trump’s immigration positions do not deserve a response because they are so outlandish. If you force me to give you three words to describe them they would be: ludicrous, impractical and racist.
Bill Richardson
We’ve even lost the definition of immigration. “Immigration” today, if you listen to the left, equals anybody who wants to come into the country should be allowed. That’s not what immigration is. That’s illegal immigration, and we ought to all oppose it.
Rush Limbaugh
I think what’s going to hurt the Republicans enormously is the extremist position of Mitt Romney on the immigration issue and states like New Mexico, states like Colorado, Nevada, Arizona – and I think it’s going to be the margin of victory for President Obama, a very narrow victory.
Bill Richardson
It is clear that United States immigration policy is badly in need of reform.
Ander Crenshaw
The promise to take back control of our borders. I will end free movement, introduce an Australian-style points-based system for immigration, and bring numbers down. With my leadership, it will be delivered.
Michael Gove
At least 99.92% of illegal immigrants and visa overstays without known crimes on their records did not face removal.
Jeff Sessions
Our nation’s immigration policy has been of top concern in recent years, and for good reason. With between eight and twelve million illegal aliens in the United States, it is obviously a problem out of control.
Chris Cannon
Of course, our immigration system isn’t broken. The enforcement of our immigration system is broken. The president Barack Obama, the Democrat Party, and several in the Republican Party are trying to break the immigration system. The system itself is not broken; it’s just fine. It’s just being ignored.
Rush Limbaugh
We need comprehensive immigration reform. Dr. King wouldn’t be pleased at all to know that there are millions of people living in the shadow, living in fear in places like Georgia and Alabama.
John Lewis
All necessary measures shall be taken to encourage and stimulate immigration of Jews into Palestine on a large scale.
Faisal I of Iraq
I happen to believe in immigration reform but I don’t believe that that means that every person who has come into America should be able to stay.
Andrew Breitbart
NAFTA was conceived to avoid discrimination against goods. A U.S.-Mexico treaty on immigration should be devised to prevent discrimination against people.
Denise Dresser
Let me tell you who the immigration system in America does not serve. It does not serve you the American people.
Donald Trump
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
Rural Alberta is a lot less homogeneous than it used to be, partly because of my immigration policies.
Jason Kenney
Hillary Clinton can never claim to be a friend of the gay community as long as she continues to support immigration policies that bring Islamic extremists to our country and who suppress women, gays and anyone who doesn’t share their views or values.
Donald Trump
When I started Cove, I spoke to three immigration lawyers who gave me a long checklist of things to do before my company could hire immigrants.
Ruchi Sanghvi
According to the National Academy of Sciences, our current immigration system costs America’s taxpayers many billions of dollars a year.
Donald Trump
Canadians tend to be a bit more religious than most Europeans – though not more than the Poles or Ukrainians. Most important, their attitude to immigration and ethnic minorities is more positive than that of most Europeans.
Timothy Garton Ash
I’m not a xenophobe – I think immigration is a good thing for most countries – but they transmute the foibles of their native tongues into English in a way that’s difficult to figure out.
Conrad Black
Andrew Saul is John Hall in a business suit. He’s wrong on the war, on national security, immigration, abortion. He’s Sue Kelly all over again.
Andrew Saul
Whoever criticizes capitalism, while approving immigration, whose working class is its first victim, had better shut up. Whoever criticizes immigration, while remaining silent about capitalism, should do the same.
Alain de Benoist
The Russian Federation has a growing Muslim minority, which is causing cultural and religious clashes. This is similar to mass immigration of Mexicans to America, and certain presidential candidates are tailoring their campaigns to get Mexican votes.
David Duke
This immigration business has been going on in the UK much in advance of the European Union making an issue of it.
Rush Limbaugh
[It is] one of the most complex and emotional issues of out time.
Barbara Jordan
Too many immigrants lack basic workplace protections because of their immigration status.
Alex Padilla
I’m not sure we will have every single Democrat … but we want a large number of Republicans to be able to vote for this bill because we think that will encourage the House not only to move forward but to pass a bill.
Charles Schumer
Immigration is not going to be a ‘side issue’ in 2016 – it is the issue.
Tom Tancredo
Partial legalization, as some are suggesting, is a dangerous path, and we need only look at France and Germany to see how unwise it is to create a permanent underclass.
Zoe Lofgren
As a Democrat, it’s easy for me to talk about immigration. For my Republican friends, they could get criticized from the Right in their party.
Brad Schneider
Tightening up border and immigration controls go nowhere in addressing the underlying causes of terrorism in our society and in our world.
John McDonnell
Conservatives have always wanted border security before we had immigration reform.
Rand Paul
[It] has a lot of things in it that I like, but I think it’s way too hard on financing things from immigrants.
William J. Clinton
At the front end, to stop people from illegally entering our country, not at the back end, by reimbursing states after it has failed to enforce the border. [I] would allocate additional resources to enforcing the border, so states such as Texas and California would not have the huge expenses they currently do.
George H. W. Bush
Americans don’t want immigration. They don’t want any more. Why can’t we have a home? You see on ‘National Geographic,’ ‘Oh, the indigenous people, they have a home.’ Everyone else can have a home. We are the only people on Earth not allowed to have a home.
Ann Coulter
We cannot allow voters to fall for the spin that a vote to leave is the only way to deal with concerns about immigration. We can do far more to address both the level and impact of immigration while remaining in the E.U.
Jo Cox
Mexico extends beyond its borders.
Vicente Fox
NDAA should be about providing critical funding for our troops, not debating immigration policy.
Paul Gosar
Our asylum system is sick.
Romano L. Mazzoli
Immigration enthusiasts are so hysterical.
Peter Brimelow
If a sanctuary city means that our police department does not enforce federal immigration laws, then we are one. But declaring yourself a ‘sanctuary city’ also signals to a lot of people that you are protecting hard-core criminals, which I don’t, and I don’t believe in.
Eric Garcetti
If you change our immigration system to a skills-based system that respects and treats people for who they are as individuals as opposed to residents of a certain country or relatives of certain people in the United States, it’s a system that is more in keeping with American values.
Tom Cotton
I’m a big believer in family-based immigration.
Marco Rubio
Legal immigration is a much tougher group of people to stereotype and to identify as potential new Democrat voters.
Rush Limbaugh
The further left you are, the more your concern for the underdog crowds out everything else, leading you to overlook inconsistencies. You might, for example, argue for immigration and multiculturalism in the UK, but not in the Amazon. You might demand equality before the law and, at the same time, gender quotas.
Daniel Hannan
Again, something that’s very strange and odd, you will find sometimes that immigrants that have been here for many years and already have their citizenship might be the ones against additional immigration. We’ve seen that also.
Philippe Falardeau
However, I don’t doubt that a wave of immigration will come to Poland.
Aleksander Kwasniewski
As legal residents, immigrants would contribute more in taxes, spend more at our businesses, start companies of their own and create more jobs. Immigration is not a problem for us to solve but an opportunity for America to seize.
Jose Andres
I want very much to see some sort of compromise reached in the area of immigration… so that we could move on to other issues.
Ken Cuccinelli
The Netherlands is not an immigration country. The annual stream of tens of thousands of newcomers, who largely end up as illegal aliens, must stop.
Pim Fortuyn
In the pioneer West Whitopias, immigration tended to be the dominant social and racial issue. In Forsyth County, Georgia, immigration is still an issue, but because you have that complicated history of the Trail of Tears and slavery and Jim Crow, the Whitopia has a different flavor.
Richard Benjamin
If Republicans and Democrats alike truly believe DACA should stay and be a permanent part of immigration reform, then they should use their elected power to make it so.
Katie Pavlich
We must fix our immigration system so we control who comes and goes, and that starts by securing our southern border.
Carlos Beruff
There will never be a bill without a pathway to citizenship signed by the president…And in turn there will never be a pathway to citizenship without a new immigration system replacing the current one.
Lindsey Graham
I would like to get immigration enforcement right. I think that there is a problem there, and it needs some really careful analysis and a brutal look at who’s doing what and who’s got what powers where.
Amber Rudd
Imagine a libertarian president challenging Congress for meaningful immigration reform.
Gary Johnson
As home secretary, I will work to ensure that our immigration policy is fair and humane.
Amber Rudd
We cannot sustain illegal immigration in perpetuity. It will not work for our country.
Lara Trump
To the left, immigration is anybody who gets in, anybody who wants to come gets in. And that’s not what immigration is. That’s illegal immigration. And that’s what is opposed.
Rush Limbaugh
I think this group of people came together in a way that they haven’t before in 2007. I’m very optimistic we can do something … I want to get there, I want to support this.
Sherrod Brown
It was right after Woodrow Wilson’s first serious post-World War I repression, which deported thousands of people, effectively destroyed unions and independent press, and so on. Right after that, the anti-immigration law was passed that remained in place until the 1960s.
Noam Chomsky
The argument in Labour around full membership of the single market is about whether it can be squared with delivering the desire of many of our voters to gain greater control over immigration. This is a proper concern – Labour must stand for those who voted leave every bit as much as we represent those who voted remain.
Chuka Umunna
Aside from being a Latina, my family immigrated from Puerto Rico and Yugoslavia so I know all about that. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do today if they didn’t come to America. Everybody has an immigration story.
Naya Rivera
The only area that I would agree with minimum wage is in immigration reform, the guest worker program.
Ron Johnson
immigration today is a racial issue. It is one which sees masses of non-whites from around the globe immigrating to white countries.
Arthur Kemp
These men of many nations must be taught American ways, the English language, and the right way to live.
Henry Ford
[Donald] Trump has quietly rolled out an immigration plan with specifics and everyone wants specifics. He’s got immigration with specifics, a black and Hispanic outreach plan with specifics.
Eric Bolling
I have… been disturbed by the negative tone of the debate over immigration… there is a rising crescendo of opinion from columnists and politicians saying we should reduce our immigration intake.
Frank Lowy
My father gave me an old Olympia portable when I was in fourth grade. Our ancestors came from Ireland. Our family stories of immigration helped me understand more about my characters in ‘The Lemon Orchard.’
Luanne Rice
The E.U. is removing the ability of nations to act in the interests of their people, including over immigration, which should be a force for good for our country.
Penny Mordaunt
The American people do not want to waste billions of dollars on a wall that won’t stop illegal immigration but will make America look fearful and foolish.
Tom Malinowski
The issues surrounding illegal immigration are wide-ranging and complex, but there is no question about the need to secure our borders.
Roger Wicker
We’ve been agreeing on a strict immigration policy to Norway for a long time. It’s supposed to be fair, but it’s supposed to be strict.
Erna Solberg
For years, we have underestimated the challenges of mass immigration.
Mette Frederiksen
While jobs, education, and healthcare rank among the top issues for Latino voters, immigration is a threshold issue.
Luis Gutierrez
Following the war in Europe a large increase of European immigration to the United States is to be expected, of which the largest part is and always has been made up of men skilled in farming.
Arthur Capper
On his [Marco Rubio] Gang of Eight bill, he would have liberalized immigration, but he did not – and he steadfastly opposed any new border security requirements for refugees or students.
Ted Cruz
The time for common-sense immigration reform is now,” Grayson said in a news release. “We must set forth a straightforward route to citizenship for the undocumented immigrants who already live in our communities, work for our businesses and want to give back to the country that they call home.
Alan Grayson
you cannot maintain popular support for immigration policy, multiculturalism, unless you can control your borders.
Malcolm Turnbull
We’ve come to a basic agreement, which is that first, people will be legalized. In other words, not citizens, but they’ll be allowed to work, come out of the shadows, travel. Then, we will make sure the border is secure. And we have specific metrics that are in the bill. I’m not going to get into what they are…
Charles Schumer
If America is a nation of laws as we proclaim, then our immigration laws are part of the package.
Ted Nugent
Obamacare would never have passed without decades of massive immigration from the Third World. Liberals didn’t change any minds – they changed the voters.
Ann Coulter
World cross-fertilization is fantastic. Immigration across the world has led to all kinds of fantastic new and exciting kinds of food being available. And there’s all kinds of different kinds of restaurants.
Giles Coren
Good relations with Russia are great news. Putting a stop to the [Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership] is great news. Defending American industry against the invasion of Chinese products. Renegotiating the role of NATO. And a similar approach on the issue of immigration. This is all great news.
Matteo Salvini
Breitbart is sort of an ill-defined, loose-knit collection of a wing of the conservative movement. What do they do? The rant against immigration, Muslims, multi-culturalism, political correctness. But what they want, a lot of them, is a white America.
David Corn
As President Trump quickly moved to limit immigration, civil rights, and environmental protections, I felt fear for my young children, and guilt, too – as if I’d somehow betrayed the unspoken contract all parents make to give our children a better life than ourselves.
Laura Moser
Until he announced his immigration policy last week, Obama had the support of most Hispanic voters – but not the enthusiasm they had shown for him in 2008. That may be changing in part because of the decision not to deport young immigrants whose undocumented parents brought them here as children.
Mara Liasson
Immigration is the issue that tells us who is with us and who is against us; there’s no question about it. And it’s very simple to understand why – half of all Latinos over 18 years of age were born outside the United States. It really makes no sense to attack them and criticize them if you want their vote.
Jorge Ramos
One of the things I think a lot about, I am perhaps a great example of the enlightened immigration policy of this country where I was able to come here to study and then stay back and work and build a life.
Satya Nadella
Illegal immigration is crisis for our country. It is an open door for drugs, criminals, and potential terrorists to enter our country. It is straining our economy, adding costs to our judicial, healthcare, and education systems.
Timothy Murphy
A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in.. And how many want out.
Tony Blair
Evangelicals and conservatives are voting as Americans and are voting to save our nation to control immigration, to stop terrorism, to bring jobs back to the country.
Jerry Falwell, Jr.
Mass immigration changes countries beyond recognition. Ordinary people are well aware of that.
Geert Wilders
America draws tremendous strength from its diversity, which prompts the question, as Congress contemplates comprehensive immigration reform, why are some lawmakers aiming to curb diversity instead of promoting it?
Cedric Richmond
Conservatives aren’t anti-immigrant – conservatives are pro-legal immigration.
Marco Rubio
When you look at the people that Donald Trump is actually put around him on his Cabinet, this is a pretty – I would argue a very conservative Cabinet. And whether it’s on issues of immigration, his pick for the attorney general, very conservative on that issue.
Amy Walter
Immigration without assimilation is an invasion.
Bobby Jindal
SXSW has been a melting pot of ideas and policy on immigration, cybersecurity, privacy, Internet of Things, international trade, and innovation.
Suzan DelBene
The Biden administration is not just letting a record number of illegal immigrants cross our border, they are bringing them here. They are prohibiting immigration authorities from deporting them, even ones with violent criminal records.
Will Cain
I think we need a real plan, which is why I have offered a much more specific approach to securing the border, fixing the legal immigration system and addressing illegal immigration.
Carly Fiorina
It’s about mass immigration at a time when 21% of young people can’t find work. It’s about giving ВЈ50 million a day to the EU when the public finances are under great strain.
Nigel Farage
I’m not backing down on immigration. I’m not backing down on the wall.
Luther Strange
While Hillary Clinton meets only with donors and lobbyists, my plan was crafted with the input from Federal Immigration offices, very great people.
Donald Trump
I think what we need to do is to have an immigration system where legal immigration is easier.
Bill Flores
Immigration is a kind of pilgrimage. That’s the way I see it. Just to go back to the desert, biblical metaphors, that’s the story of great migration right there, the Old Testament.
Ruben Martinez
I don’t see how the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century.
Newt Gingrich
Our country and state have a special obligation to work toward the stabilization of our own population so as to credibly lead other parts of the world toward population stabilization.
Ronald Reagan
I do feel immigration will probably be dealt with as long as [the solution] doesn’t provide amnesty … Five years ago, all hell broke loose … This year, I thought phones would ring off the hook again. They really haven’t. I think everybody realizes we have a problem.
Johnny Isakson
But now, we are becoming suspicious of the very things we have long celebrated – free markets, trade, immigration, and technological change. And all this is happening when the tide is going our way. Just as the world is opening up, America is closing down.
Fareed Zakaria
Remember common sense? Bring it back. Abolishing ICE, our main federal immigration enforcement agency, is a colossally stupid idea. Floating the possibility of impeaching Brett Kavanaugh, whose confirmation just jolted the GOP back out of its coma, is painfully dumb.
S.E. Cupp
There is only one core issue in the immigration debate, and that issue is the well being of the American people.
Donald Trump
There is overwhelming bipartisan support outside of Washington that we need to finally secure our borders, enforce our laws, and stop the problem of illegal immigration.
Ted Cruz
The E.U.’s tax and regulatory policies, climate-change and welfare spending, and free immigration even in wartime are gradually ruining Europe. That’s why I believe Brexit is good for British freedom, political autonomy, and the survival of democratic capitalism.
Lawrence Kudlow
There are compelling reasons to implement a true America First immigration plan, starting with border security. We are a land of immigrants. Immigration, with assimilation, has generally been good for America.
Niger Innis
It would be unwise for the modern Republican Party to come across as hostile to immigration. That has been the losing position in American history for 200 years.
Grover Norquist
We also need to strengthen the security of our borders and ports and strictly control immigration.
Jim Ramstad
The government rightly resisted pressure to accept Free Movement of people from E.U. countries, to allow us to regain control over our immigration policy.
Dominic Raab
We can’t have – we can’t have a patchwork of 50 states developing their own immigration policy. I understand the frustration of people in Arizona. They want the federal government to step up and deal with this problem once and for all, and that’s what we want to do.
David Axelrod
It’s clear that we need comprehensive immigration reform.
Bob Inglis
A big goal of the liberal Democrats in Congress is to try to do away with any effective cooperation to enforce federal immigration laws.
Trent Franks
When dealing with illegal immigration, the answer is simple; enforce Constitutional mandates, and you will protect Floridians and the American people.
Allen West
Immigration is a gateway basically. It’s a check-off point for Latino voters.
Jeb Bush
Senator Marco ‘amnesty’ Rubio, while proponents of immigration reform say the Florida Republican was quick to retreat when the going got tough.
Donald Trump
At the very end, what is going to happen is that immigration will be reduced considerably. And how can we get to that stage? By agreements on sectors.
Vicente Fox
In the 2012 campaign, the president successfully transformed the most intense conservative positions into liabilities on immigration and the role of government.
John Dickerson
I always feel very connected to Canada. My reference for everything is my Canadian background, my life in Canada. Particularly on this issue of refugee immigration: I couldn’t be prouder of Canada.
Michael J. Fox
Hillary Clinton is for sanctuary cities. She’s for catch and release. She’s for open borders. She’s actually considerably to the left of President Obama on the issue of immigration.
Kellyanne Conway
I’ve laid out a very, very detailed immigration plan on my website, It’s 11 pages of existing federal law and in particular the question of what to do with people who are here now.
Ted Cruz
Either we abandon the utopian globalism of open borders and ‘ally-ally-in-free’ immigration or we lose the war on terrorism and our freedoms with it.
Pat Buchanan
As the proud son of immigrants from Mexico, I’m honored to be the first Latino to serve as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety.
Alex Padilla
…the mayor should not be advancing a policy that encourages [illegal] immigrants to think of New York City as their safe haven.
Ed Koch
As we exit the E.U., there must be a new approach to immigration that has the consent of the British people and is managed in their interests.
Keir Starmer
The divergence of songs in the new population away from those in the progenitor population would only be prevented if these processes were balanced by repeated immigration and subsequent breeding: song flow.
Peter R. Grant
Encouraging self-sufficiency must be a bedrock for our immigration policy, with the goal of reducing poverty, strengthening the family, and promoting our economic values. But Administration officials and their policies are working actively against this goal.
Jeff Sessions
No administration in recent times has been able to tackle the needs of our veterans. On that, I do want to see Donald Trump successful. But in terms of his travel ban and immigration policy, I don’t want to see him successful.
Nina Turner
Our immigration policy should be based in compassion and a desire to help the other.
Ilhan Omar
Reform immigration to make it easy for individuals to come over here, be documented, pay taxes – immigration reform is needed to state that its about work, its not about welfare… Set up a grace period where they can get a work permit… social security card so that they can pay income tax, social security, Medicare.
Gary Johnson
In my essay for ‘The Good Immigrant,’ I write about how concerns about race and immigration crept up on me a bit because of how I grew up and my background – I was quite fortunate, really; I never got the rough end of the stick with a lot of that kind of stuff.
Himesh Patel
[We should] stop the immigration to our societies – because we have had more than enough Islam in our societies.
Geert Wilders
Our Muslim friends must learn from previous waves of immigration.
Edward Leigh
I’m very straightforward on immigration. The bus is full. We haven’t got enough energy, we haven’t got enough electricity, we haven’t got enough of a health service.
Noel Edmonds
Do liberals think nations such as Canada, Japan, Britain and Australia are pursuing ‘racist’ immigration policies? All have had merit-based immigration systems in place for decades.
Mercedes Schlapp
The immigration flows have to be controlled. We have to know who comes into Italy. The problem shouldn’t be left to oversized, dysfunctional, nongovernmental groups.
Beppe Grillo
The reason Donald Trump has supporters… I can go through the list for you. The issues are border/immigration, jobs, military, “make America great again…”
Rush Limbaugh
I always get stopped by security and immigration, telling me, ‘Tell me who the terrorist is, or we won’t stamp your passport!’ The last time that somebody did that to me – at LAX, actually – I was like, ‘Hey, don’t ever ask a brown girl that in an American airport!’
Priyanka Chopra
Historically, opposition to immigration in the United States has been racially and religiously motivated in the ugliest, nastiest way possible.
Grover Norquist
The interesting point is that the polarization is not so much among the public, although there’s some of that. The polarization on the immigration issue is really between the elites and the public. In other words, this is not so much a right-left issue, which it is partly.
Mark Krikorian
We need to pass comprehensive immigration reform, period.
Kamala Harris
There seems to be a lot of momentum behind immigration reform.
Justin Amash
If we can find a way to enforce our laws and keep people from coming into our country illegally while maintaining a strong legal immigration system, I think that’s going to benefit everyone. If you come here illegally, and you commit a crime, you’re not going to be able to stay in our country.
Ronna McDaniel
In a city that is barely getting by with its small budget, something like illegal immigration can be the difference from being able to provide the level of public service that people expect.
Lou Barletta
I would have to say all of the civil rights acts, because there were three, and even, say, the Immigration Act, which I think also is a civil rights act, maybe on a global perspective, that he cared very, very much about it.
Lynda Bird Johnson Robb
Only a Conservative government can credibly deliver the overhaul in approach that will ensure the controlled immigration that Britain needs to prosper in the 21st century.
Dominic Grieve
Building new roads and bridges creates jobs. Growing our exports creates jobs. Reforming our outdated tax system and our broken immigration system creates jobs.
Barack Obama
No administration could stop the tidal wave of immigration that swept over the land; no political party could restrain or control the enterprise of our people, and no reasonable man could desire to check the march of civilization.
Nelson A. Miles
Both parties want it now. They want comprehensive immigration reform, and they want open borders.
Rush Limbaugh
We are committed to ensuring that immigration is not further criminalized and that all immigrants are treated with dignity and provided with a path to citizenship.
Cori Bush
I truly do believe that President Trump making decisions to pause our various immigration programs and refugee programs for a period of time so that we can ensure that there are new safeguards in place.
Mike Pence
We have to stop illegal immigration in order to ensure security in Europe.
Sebastian Kurz
For our immigration policy to make sense, it is necessary to make distinctions between those who obey the law, and those who violate it.
Barbara Jordan
Immigration customs enforcement is a role that makes sense. We have to have something that is doing that.
Katie Hill
I’m in favor of liberalizing immigration because of the effect it would have on restaurants. I’d let just about everybody in except the English.
Calvin Trillin
‘This is how democracy works,’ Barack Obama lectured the country before giving everyone the specifics of his expansive one-man executive overreach on immigration. If you enjoy platitudinous straw men but are turned off by open debate and constitutional order, this speech was for you.
David Harsanyi
I supported Arizona’s immigration law by joining in that lawsuit to defend it. Every day I have Texans on that border that are doing their job.
Rick Perry
I believe the House of Representatives is exactly the place where immigration reform should take place. Our entire House is elected every two years. We’re the people closest to the people.
Aaron Schock
All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian.
Pat Paulsen
This [Gang of Eight bill (S.744)] is far, far too many low-skilled workers that are going to take jobs and pull down wages of people unemployed and underemployed right now.
Jeff Sessions
A massive immigration bill has no chance of becoming law.
Marco Rubio
You wouldn’t replace your carpet at home if you still had a hole in the roof…We’re talking about any time you start waving a carrot such as American citizenship without securing the borders, that number [of undocumented immigrants] that we have today I believe will double or triple.
Lou Barletta
Whatever their motivations, lawmakers on both side of the aisle have certainly discovered that immigration is one of those issues that resonate strongly with the public.
Gwen Ifill
While awaiting deportation proceedings, my parents remained in detention near Boston, so I could visit them. They would have liked to fight deportation, but without a lawyer and an immigration system that rarely gives judges the discretion to allow families to stay together, they never had a chance.
Diane Guerrero
I think when you think about immigration, what we need to do is realize that that human capital, if put in a place to succeed, will literally sacrifice everything.
Chamath Palihapitiya
In the past, I have been an immigration reformer, not a restrictionist.
Lawrence Kudlow
We have got to secure the border and enforce existing immigration laws.
Paul Nehlen
As an immigrant, I chose to live in America because it is one of the freest and most vibrant nations in the world. And as an immigrant, I feel an obligation to speak up for immigration policies that will keep America the most economically robust, creative and freedom-loving nation in the world.
Rupert Murdoch
Part of comprehensive immigration reform is not just the path to citizenship for undocumented workers, but also the ability for families to be together.
Pramila Jayapal
Even kids who haven’t had firsthand experience with the immigration system, I want them to know how families are affected and what kind of system is in place.
Diane Guerrero
The problems of the world, from immigration to populism to income inequality to sustainability to peacekeeping, require a well-functioning supranational body.
Richard Edelman
We have to do immigration reform while the pro-deportation crew is still reeling.
Hillary Clinton
‘Know your enemy, name your enemy’ is a 9/11 message that has gone unheeded. Our immigration and homeland security policies refuse to profile jihadi adherents at foreign consular offices and at our borders.
Michelle Malkin
Some conservatives say that whether it’s popular or unpopular, imposing strict limits on immigration is the right thing to do, and it must be defended.
Robert Zubrin
The immigration system is broken and it needs to be fixed. And it needs to be fixed comprehensively, because this country depends on immigrant workers, but we don’t have a system that reflects that. Our system is absolutely antiquated.
Pramila Jayapal
Western European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and maintaining different standards of hygiene… All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most.
Daniel Pipes
If we want to set and enforce a limit on immigration, we have to be willing to say no to would-be immigrants who look a lot like our own ancestors, not because there’s anything wrong with them, but simply because admitting them would exceed our legal limit.
Jan C. Ting
But it’s more an up-versus-down issue because the research has shown that opinion leaders, whether they’re elected officials, journalists, business leaders – it’s academics, religious leaders – they have dramatically different views on immigration. A
Mark Krikorian
We were pleased to hear the President state his firm commitment that he will do whatever is necessary to accomplish this important goal.
John McCain
We in Austria have always had lots of immigration. But when one starts, as happened in Europe last year, to open the borders and to transport people northwards as fast as possible, then of course it’s not just Syrians who come. People from all around the world then see their chance to quickly come to Europe.
Sebastian Kurz
I’ve always argued that this country has benefited immensely from the fact that we draw people from all over the world.
Alan Greenspan
Illegal immigrants in considerable numbers have become productive members of our society and are a basic part of our work force. Those who have established equities in the United States should be recognized and accorded legal status. At the same time, in so doing, we must not encourage illegal immigration.
Ronald Reagan
The Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach who helped write the immigration laws in Arizona said that [Donald] Trump’s policy advisors are drafting, they’re discussing drafting a proposal, to reinstate a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.
Megyn Kelly
The high-tech industry needs the immigration of highly qualified labor, from India, from China, from everywhere.
Nicholas Bloom
Our country was founded on immigration. We are all occupying Native American land here. At what point do we say ‘It’s our land, and nobody else can come here.’
Michael Franti
To say that there should be no immigration, yes, that is definitely contrary to the best values of America that were laid out in the Declaration of Independence and since.
Tim Kaine
The self-righteous supporters of mass immigration think the rest of us are stupid and evil.
Peter Hitchens
I think what’s important for us to understand and there is a way forward on this issue that we an bring our country together on. And while I’m president I will do it. And it will begin by bringing illegal immigration under control and proving to the American people.
Marco Rubio
I think something substantial will pass out of the House at some point during this term.
Justin Amash
Whenever I meet a Korean, I ask about their immigration history.
John Cho
Once you’ve got through immigration, one is always made to feel very welcome in America, once they’ve let you in. It’s a great place to be.
Geoff Dyer
I went to a predominantly African-American school. I didn’t even understand our immigration system. I knew my parents immigrated here.
Rashida Tlaib
These guidelines contemplate a policy that will grant special benefits to illegal immigrants based on their unlawful presence in the country.
Mike Lee
Some months before I declared, I asked for a meeting and crossed the border to meet with the president of Mexico. I did not go with a plan. I went, as I said in my announcement address, to ask him his ideas – how we could make the border something other than a locale for a nine-foot fence.
Ronald Reagan
My whole family has been having trouble with immigrants ever since we came to this country.
Yip Harburg
I think most Americans would agree that we need sensible solutions that fix our immigration system and deal humanely with aspiring citizens currently in our country. At the same time, these solutions must increase the security of our borders.
Linda Sanchez
We need the federal government to assert their supremacy over the immigration issue and make it clear to state legislatures, cowboy cops, and the American people that the federal government is in charge and effectively enforcing and regulating immigration.
Luis Gutierrez
Not until the beginning of the 20th century did Europe’s urban populations finally become self-sustaining: before then, constant immigration of healthy peasants from the countryside was necessary to make up for the constant deaths of city dwellers from crowd diseases.
Jared Diamond
EU leaders must act over immigration
Salil Shetty
Immigration is important. We’re a nation of immigrants.
Keith Kellogg
Illegal immigration is not just a matter of interest in states along our border with Mexico. It is having an effect on local economies, schools, health care delivery, and public safety all across the country.
Roger Wicker
On this National Immigration Day of Action, it is worth remembering that it’s not just Americans in New York or Los Angeles who believe that we need a more humane and rational system.
Pete Buttigieg
Once I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America. Then I discovered that the immigrants were American history.
Oscar Handlin
Innovation happens best when people of different backgrounds come together to solve the world’s toughest challenges and, in the process, can create new jobs and opportunities. I’m hopeful that updated immigration policies will encourage entrepreneurs from around the world to help tackle these opportunities in the U.S.
Mike Krieger
Why don’t we hear more about and from Asians when it comes to race in America? Are Asians the new Invisible Man – there but not there? In some ways, yeah. Blacks and whites are always carping about the metrics of racism. And any conversation about immigration reform is immediately flipped into a referendum on Hispanics.
John Ridley
I am pleased to be endorsed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Like Sheriff Joe, I believe that illegal immigration is a major problem that undermines the rule of law.
Ron DeSantis
We want to limit the exploitation of the fiscal capacity of the richer regions by keeping down the rate of immigration to a level that would be meaningful and efficient. One way to do that is to have a scheme of equalization which essential bribes people to stay in the poorer regions.
James M. Buchanan
You won’t hear the leadership in the Republican Party admit it, but there are many in the House and Senate who know that illegal immigration has to be stopped and legal immigration has to be reduced. We are giving away the country so a few very rich people can get richer.
Virgil Goode
If Macron thinks there is no immigration crisis in Italy, he should open his doors to the 9,000 migrants France agreed to welcome from Italy in accordance with signed European agreements.
Matteo Salvini
My record of opposition to illegal immigration is unquestioned.
Ann Wagner
I completely understand why people are concerned about immigration. There’s no silver bullet, no one thing you can do to suddenly deal with all the problems and concerns with immigration, and that includes leaving the E.U.
Theresa May
I think most of us in America want our security. There’re so many people out there that are fearful and now with this realization of immigration, with the terrorists, we need to have better checks and balances in regards to who’s emigrating into our country.
Jan Brewer
I was one of the founding members of State Legislators for Legal Immigration.
Ken Cuccinelli
I think Muslims have become the new Negroes in America. They are being mistreated at airports, by the Immigration – everywhere. Islam is a religion of peace. They are wrong.
Jermaine Jackson
The Obama administration has been weak and inconsistent in enforcing immigration laws.
Jack Kingston
I challenge the Republican nominees and all Republicans to not just be the anti-illegal immigration party. That’s not who we are and that’s not who we should be we should be the pro-legal immigration party.
Marco Rubio
Immigration reforms are always controversial. Our Congress was created to muster political will to answer such challenges. Today we didn’t, but tomorrow we will. I yield the floor.
Edward Kennedy
The Trump view of immigration defies our history. Immigration is a transaction that has historically benefited the country.
Lawrence O’Donnell
Illegal immigration costs taxpayers $45 billion a year in health care, education, and incarceration expenses.
Ric Keller
It takes real courage and conviction to attack the establishment from within and makes waves as big as a tsunami. Ted Cruz has done that – consistently and successfully – on immigration and other issues like Obamacare, voting rights, and the 2nd Amendment.
Tom Tancredo
The frustrations have been festering for 12 years because federal policy has forced immigration into this area with no programs to accommodate this thrust and no dollars for education or jobs or social services…we have become a repository but no beneficiary of federal actions.
Sharon Pratt Kelly
I mean, we must act with intelligence. We must work on this framework, so that immigration becomes an asset to both nations. Believe me, what – just the Mayor Bloomberg said here in New York, that this city would be stopped, totally stopped if it were not by the immigrants working here.
Vicente Fox
I have fought for open immigration which is something I disagree with Nigel Farage on.
Claire Fox
Thousands of cities in America are crying out for relief from the burden of illegal immigration. Small towns like mine can no longer wait for Washington.
Lou Barletta
These are 8- and 12-year-old kids. It doesn’t matter how they got here. It is time to show a little compassion
Paul Soglin
Chicago is not a bad place to live. But the usual story of immigration is the happy fulfillment of human potential in America that is not available anywhere else – it’s propaganda, really. It’s more complicated than that.
Aleksandar Hemon
You don’t ask people about the immigration policies of the U.K. or their country’s agricultural policy. Instead, you talk to them about the meal they’re eating or their family, and from that you get the sense of another human being, someone we can all relate to.
Michael Palin
In terms of immigration, we’re seeing a lot of Democrats and Republicans use the really elastic term, ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform,’ and they don’t totally understand what that means. For us in El Paso, it’s part of a larger discussion about the nature of the border.
Beto O’Rourke
See, as a libertarian, I am actually far more liberal on the issue of immigration than many people might expect.
Kat Timpf
It could be construed that the reason I wouldn’t wish to live in England is the immigration explosion. And that’s not true at all.
Steven Morrissey
I’ll never run for office. But I intend, either on the fiscal commission or on issues like immigration, to hopefully have my voice be heard.
Andy Stern
On immigration, the League and Five Star’s positions start from notable distances.
Matteo Salvini
Unlicensed, illegal immigrants are the safest drivers on the road.
Dov Davidoff
At the current rate of 28 miles of SBInet [Secure Border Initiative network] technology every 4.5 years, it would take 320 years – or until the year 2330 – to deploy SBInet technology across the Southwest border. That statistic would be comical if the subject matter were not so serious.
Henry Cuellar
I don’t think that the economy can absorb a massive flow of immigration that does not relate to the issue of persecution.
Janet Reno
You know, I’m one of millions of undocumented people in this country who are living kind of under the shadows. And in many ways, coming out, it was my way of – at the end of the day, I think we have to tell the truth about this immigration system. And because of that, I had to tell the truth about myself.
Jose Antonio Vargas
I am a beneficiary of the American people’s generosity, and I hope we can have comprehensive immigration legislation that allows this country to continue to be enriched by those who were not born here.
Madeleine Albright
By patrolling our borders, we can take a proactive stand against human trafficking, violence, terrorism, and illegal immigration from spiraling out of control.
Mike Parson
Bush equals Clinton equals Bush equals Obama equals Clinton. It’s the same policies…immigration policies that may turn us into Europe, where hordes of Islamic madmen are raping, killing, pillaging, defecating in public fountains, harassing private citizens, elderly people – that’s what’s coming.
Roger Stone
Congress makes immigration law. It’s that simple. That is how our system works.
Kirstjen Nielsen
Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 of the Constitution grants Congress clear jurisdiction with regard to U.S. citizenship and immigration matters.
Paul Gosar
Not one of the 9/11 terrorists entered through Mexico – and yet Mexicans bore the brunt of this country’s immigration response to the terror attacks.
Beto O’Rourke
Immigration is one of the leading contributors to population growth.
Paul Watson
Granted, we need to have a sound immigration policy that allows people into our country who are going to produce more than they are going to consume, but the bottom line is illegal aliens consume far more of our tax resources than they generate.
Mo Brooks
By finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions and billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone.
Donald Trump
The Muslim Representative from Minnesota was elected by the voters of that district, and if American citizens don’t wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration, there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Koran.
Virgil Goode
It is time to stand strong for the American people. It is time to champion the interests of those constantly neglected on the question of immigration: the men and women and children we represent – the citizens of this country to whom we owe our ultimate allegiance.
Jeff Sessions
I see nothing easy in Washington. I see either analytically simple things that are politically complex or those that are politically complex and analytically complex. I mean, look at immigration reform, you know? It is, I think, analytically easy, but politically very, very complex and very difficult.
Henry Paulson
I support comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to full and equal citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are playing by the rules, staying out of trouble and contributing to our economy.
Jacky Rosen
Marco Rubio said he was personally open over a long period of time to offering a path to citizenship for immigrants here illegally. Rubio’s work on a comprehensive immigration bill is one of his biggest vulnerabilities with Republican primary voters.
Ted Cruz
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.
Theodore Roosevelt
Let me explain something you already know. I’m from Texas and we understand the nature of a border. From what I’ve seen, vigilant Texans are being ordered to stand down and allow criminals to pass. Mr. President, prepare to see Texans ignoring those orders.
Tommy Lee Jones
In other words, under Attorney General John Ashcroft, the FBI, the INS and the Department of Justice are so out of control that they have actually begun to enforce U.S. immigration laws.
Ann Coulter
You know what the left has succeeded in doing, they have succeeded, in terms of the vernacular, the lexicon, they’ve redefined the word “immigration” and to tell everyone we’re anti-immigrant.
Rush Limbaugh
It would be wrong to say immigration holds results back or affects overall qualifications ultimately. But at the start of primary school, especially, it means that teachers have to tailor their lessons, to spend longer with pupils who have English as a second language.
Nicky Morgan
I sit on the House Judiciary Committee, where we’ve been actively working on concrete solutions to fix our nation’s immigration policy, piece-by-piece.
Blake Farenthold
In the zero-sum budget game, every dollar spent on this problem [illegal immigration] must be taken from somewhere else….No, we should not tolerate people immigrating illegally. But we need to treat this issue honestly and fairly.
Leon Panetta
How is it having more control if there is double the immigration as there would be under an Australian style points system?
Sadiq Khan
I very firmly believe that we have to make sure that we enforce our borders, that we have an employment verification system, and that those people who have come here illegally do not get an advantage to become permanent residents, they do not get a special pathway.
Mitt Romney
From 1924 to 1965, 41 years, essentially, there was no immigration. Try telling people that in the midst of this debate and they won’t believe you. They’ll think you’re making it up. They’ll think you’re lying about it.
Rush Limbaugh
People come here to get educated. What’s happening now, we educate them and once they have their degrees, we send them home. What this immigration bill does will allow them to stay and work, they will enter the U.S. workforce, and they will become taxpayers. This plan is about legal education.
Rush Limbaugh
Well, there are many things, whenever you look back, that you would’ve done differently. We’re all human. We do our best at the time. I really wish that we had passed a comprehensive immigration bill because that would’ve really helped our country. We came close, but we couldn’t.
Condoleezza Rice
[Donald Trump] said we’re going to have a big door. He means lawful immigration will continue, but we’re not going to allow the nation to be at risk in this fashion.
Jeff Sessions
I supported this bill. 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.
Ronald Reagan
I thought it was quite wonderful coming to America. I think immigration is a very difficult thing, but America is a very wonderful place.
What we see today is an American economy that has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and ’60s: the interstate-highway system, massive funding for science and technology, a public-education system that was the envy of the world and generous immigration policies.
Fareed Zakaria
In the immigration debate, some things are constant. They never change. One is that opponents of immigration reform will use it as a wedge issue and will blame everything from unemployment to rising health care costs on immigrants.
Luis Gutierrez
This is something that I witnessed out on the campaign trail for three years, which is that there is a total disconnect between the rhetoric regarding immigration and the reality. And I’m speaking as a border state.
Gary Johnson
[Donald] Trump said she [Melania Trump] first arrived in New York City to model in 1996. But Michael Felix, an immigration attorney who specializes in the fashion industry, says if you’re a foreign model with a work visa, it’s unusual to have to return to your home country that frequently.
Hansi Lo Wang
Spelling is difficult because there are too many rules. Silent letters only exist to make it harder for illegal immigrants to learn English.
Daniel Tosh
Certainly there are many Congress members who have been arrested in the past on immigration issues and will continue to because we all understand that staying silent is not an option.
Pramila Jayapal
The policies we debate and enact in Congress have a real impact on people across the country. Climate change, immigration, economic inequality – each of these issues have become hot button, partisan topics, but support or opposition on these pressing issues shouldn’t come down to party.
Mike Quigley
There is a debate in Ukip as to how strong we should be on the immigration issue. I personally think we should own it.
Nigel Farage
I’m totally changed. I’ve been emancipated from all this Republican dogma. Whether it’s being anti-immigration, being-anti gay, being militaristic and wanting to engage in all these military interventions across the planet. That’s all absurd.
Thomas Ravenel
I bring quadruple diversity to the Senate: I’m a woman; I’ll be the first Asian woman ever to be elected to the U.S. Senate; I am an immigrant; I am a Buddhist. When I said this at one of my gatherings, they said, ‘Yes, but are you gay?’ and I said, ‘Nobody’s perfect.’
Mazie Hirono
Immigration and openness to refugees is an important part of our country’s success and, quite honestly, to Uber’s.
Travis Kalanick
We need to deport these criminals and negotiate agreements requiring that they do their time in their own countries.
Kathleen Brown
The power of immigration, the power of the American dream, if you think about the American dream, it is the best brand out there.
Dara Khosrowshahi
Historically, people of color and the Diaspora have been at the bottom of the barrel, even as it relates to immigration. If we don’t engage in the discussion, then what is it that we’re saying to people? That we don’t care?
Marcia Fudge
We are not against immigration, but we want to have control on immigration. We want to decide who is allowed to come into Austria. We should not let human traffickers decide.
Sebastian Kurz
Everybody has a different interpretation of immigration problems, and it’s a highly personal experience. If anyone tells you there is a uniform solution to it, there isn’t. As far as I’m concerned, it worked for me. And I don’t know how to fix the problem.
Om Malik
The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples.
Walter Lippmann
Countries in which immigration will be suspended would include places like Syria and Libya.And we are going to stop the tens of thousands of people coming in from Syria. We have no idea who they are, where they come from. There’s no documentation. There’s no paperwork.
Donald Trump
Immigration is about more than just who comes here and who is allowed to stay. It is about who we are as a country and what we are willing to stand up for.
Pramila Jayapal
To fix our immigration system, we must change our leadership in Washington and we must change it quickly. Sadly, sadly there is no other way.
Donald Trump
A partnership was established between Hitler’s Nazis and the leadership of the Zionist movement… [the Zionists] gave permission to every racist in the world, led by Hitler and the Nazis, to treat Jews as they wish, so long as it guarantees immigration to Palestine.
Mahmoud Abbas
Donald Trump’s always going to tell the American people where he stands. And, make no mistake about it. There’s… there’s been no change in the policy about ending illegal immigration in America.
Mike Pence
If immigration reform doesn’t happen, that doesn’t say good things about our democracy, that everybody wants it, but Congress couldn’t pass it.
Pete Gallego
If a nation’s security is only as strong as its weakest link, then America may be in serious trouble. Hawaii may be our weakest link and could have a serious impact on our nation’s immigration policy.
Joe Arpaio
This problem with illegal immigration is nothing new. In fact, the Indians had a special name for it. They called it “white people.”
Jay Leno
If immigration reform was easy, Congress would have dealt with it 15 years ago.
Jack Kingston
We will have to accept a certain degree of legal immigration; that’s globalisation… In the era of the smartphone, we cannot shut ourselves away… people know full well how we live in Europe.
Angela Merkel
The Center for Immigration Studies found that illegal immigrants cost the United States taxpayer about $10.4 billion a year. A large part of that expense stems from the babies born each year to illegal immigrants.
Nathan Deal
It’s perfectly reasonable and responsible policy for any nation to maintain its sovereignty, to protect its borders. And [Donald] Trump does not believe in ending immigration. He’s never proposed that.
Jeff Sessions
Protecting national security amounts to looking for needles in a haystack. The work becomes more difficult if the haystack is larger. Restricting immigration generally, and illegal immigration in particular, limits growth in the haystack, and supports protection of national security.
Jan C. Ting
In my mind, there’s nothing wrong with it. I don’t instinctively know what’s wrong with it. There is a language of the ghetto. There is a language of the barrio. And it’s not good. There is an attitude. There is a behavior. There is a mindset and we wouldn’t anybody to be stuck in it.
Rush Limbaugh
If we don’t stop immigration – this torrent of immigrants coming in – we’re not going to be America anymore because most of the people coming in have no experience with limited government. They don’t know what that is.
Phyllis Schlafly
He [Rubio] is so knowledgeable about this issue … I’m glad to see somebody with his background step forward and say it’s important and we need to look at it.
Saxby Chambliss
The country has already become multicultural. Given immigration trends, it will only grow more diverse, and these new Americans want to share in their country’s identity.
Tom Gjelten
Waiting for a long-term solution to immigration reform will not make Americans safer.
Bruce Braley
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
Our immigration law sucks, and we need to redo the whole thing, comprehensive immigration reform. And what that’s gonna be is anybody who wants to come and vote Democrat, we’re gonna send ’em a limousine and bring ’em in.
Rush Limbaugh
Well-meaning Europeans sometimes argue that unlike the U.S., their countries are traditionally ‘homogeneous’ and have little experience with immigration.
Noah Feldman
By statute, Congress has given the president the authority to suspend immigration – any class of immigration if he deems it in the national interest.
Ted Cruz
The immigration bill is going to pass. We’re going to have a bill. It’s going to get through the Senate. I think the fundamentals are there and the foundation is strong and the bill is going to happen. The House is going to be trickier, but I think it’s going to happen there too.
Jose Antonio Vargas
One of the major conclusions of the 9/11 Commission is that there were enormous security vulnerabilities in our immigration system. 9/11, in that sense, really begins the effort of our country to try to shore up our immigration system to deal with this very complex and very far-reaching threat.
Stephen Miller
For years, President Obama has chastised Republicans, used immigrants as props for political purposes, and time and again deflected responsibility from his own party’s failure to act on immigration reform.
Mark Meadows
I don’t support an amnesty.(Cornyn) demands an ongoing focus on security and workplace enforcement before considering steps to grant legal status, let alone citizenship.
John Cornyn
Hospitals are closing across the country due to the burden of illegal immigration, college students find that summer jobs have dried up due to illegal immigration, and wages across the board are depressed by the overwhelming influx of cheap and illegal labor.
Elton Gallegly
I suspect my own journey to Brexit has closely followed that of Britain’s. I had doubts, then I decided we should stay in, then I had very serious doubts as our island began to sink under a tide of regulations and our government lost control of the immigration system.
Ann Widdecombe
People come here penniless but not cultureless. They bring us gifts. We can synthesize the best of our traditions with the best of theirs. We can teach and learn from each other to produce a better America.
Mary Pipher
All I can tell you is what I see at home- a lot of lessons learned from ’86. That, ‘OK, we’ll go one-time amnesty and after that we’ll really be good.’ But nobody believes it this time, nobody believes it.
Michael C. Burgess
The greatest myth of all is what America is. I think that America is such an incredibly dynamic place because of immigration.
Junot Diaz
Without immigration, nations would stagnate. It is key for innovation and for economic growth.
Taavet Hinrikus
The dirty little secret is Donald Trump’s views are not all that different from the rest of the Republicans in the field. Nobody in the Republican field supports a path to citizenship. They’re all pretty tough on immigration.
Eleanor Clift
A long flight. Jetlag. Immigration. Customs. And then finally, that first step into a new place, that moment of exhilaration and disorientation, each feeding the other. That moment when anything can happen
Gayle Forman
Decades of racist, dehumanizing immigration policies have created systems that have criminalized and traumatized our immigrant neighbors, friends, and families in St. Louis and across our country.
Cori Bush
Donald Trump believes in nation-state democracy; Hillary Clinton used the E.U. as a prototype for a larger global union. Donald Trump believes in sensible immigration controls.
Nigel Farage
The conflict between the creatures of Native Lore and the immigration of the European preternatural hosts is hinted at in ‘Blood Bound’ and reflects the conflicts between the human immigrants and the Indian people who were already here.
Patricia Briggs
Surely everyone can agree that immigration should be controlled.
Steve Hilton
Immigration should be enforced in a proportional and humane manner.
Roger Mahony
Immigration, of course, in New Hampshire is – it’s not something that you see every day. It’s not like talking about it in Texas, where people have a much more explicit sense of it.
Evan Osnos
One of the reasons why Canadians are generally positively inclined towards immigration is we’ve seen over decades, over generations, that it works.
Justin Trudeau
I set out in television with one simple goal: to purchase a Russian bride. Didn’t work out. Immigration stuff – it’s complicated.
Joss Whedon
Immigration is tough. My daughter-in-law is going through the immigration process as we speak.
Keith Kellogg
Congressional opposition to immigration reform or emergency funds doesn’t stem from any philosophical objections or differences of principle. It stems from a calculated, petty, selfish rejection of anything Obama proposes.
Donna Brazile
I want immigration reform to come into fruition, and I want it to be comprehensive, and I want it to have a path to citizenship, and I want to be involved politically every day.
Diane Guerrero
Maybe next year the government might impose some immigration rules on the academy. Two Mexicans in a row is suspicious. [On Mexican immigrants in the US] I hope they can be treated with respect of the ones who came before and built this incredible immigrant nation.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Independent of politics, the changing narrative on immigration is directly correlated to the fact that we have new technologies that are allowing people to talk to each other and tell their own stories and organize themselves.
Jose Antonio Vargas
The immigration laws of the United States should not be used to buy and sell political favors.
Wendy Long
If you want to stop illegal immigration, you have to make it so that – so that the people that hire the illegal immigrants will not be in a position to hire them.
Jesse Ventura
Like many others, I’m deeply sympathetic to the huge numbers of people looking to come here today to escape suffering and poverty in their own lands. But as a country, we cannot afford to have a total open-door policy without any restrictions on entry.
Ed Koch
…you’re never going to have a legal immigration system that works if you grant amnesty.
Marco Rubio
Conscientious people like structure, so for them, a solution to immigration should be orderly, and a wall embodied that.
Christopher Wylie
One of the critical issues that we have to confront is illegal immigration, because this is a multi-headed Hydra that affects our economy, our health care, our health care, our education systems, our national security, and also our local criminality.
Allen West
Apparently, union bosses are so distraught about declining enrollments they will stoop to exploiting illegal workers. There is no doubt that this would hurt American workers, who would suddenly face a flooded job market full of cheap foreign labor. It would depress the wages of the American workers and cost them jobs.
Lamar S. Smith
The immigration system itself must be quick, fair and efficient at coming to decisions.
Damian Green
Ending illegal immigration only strengthens legal immigration.
Mitt Romney
Merely presenting a driver’s license or other document based on a birth certificate is not enough for an accurate verification. Biometric verification of identity must be made and then a data base of those persons who have legal status must be checked.
Bob Dole
If we are to believe that our immigration laws simply have no value, as our current policies would have us believe, should we then simply throw them all out, the entire lot of immigration law? I hope not.
John Linder
When immigration proceeds at a steady but modest clip, deep change comes slowly, and there’s time for assimilation to do its work.
Ross Douthat
We all want our border to be secure. However, certain individuals use this argument to stop us from ever enacting immigration reform.
Pete Gallego
I do believe that if you continually go through a cycle of amnesty, that you undermine the respect for the law and encourage more illegal immigration into America.
Jeff Sessions
We can’t get serious about immigration reform until we stop people from crossing the border illegally.
Blake Farenthold
We must give Trump credit for asking many politically incorrect questions and challenging mainstream Republican dogma on immigration.
Tom Tancredo
The most powerful nation on earth should be able to pass a fair, effective immigration law that combines compassion with responsibility and does not injure hard working Americans who are taxed up to here.
Bill O’Reilly
Hispanics are the fastest-growing evangelical group in the country right now, an important constituency. But Trump’s views, especially his views on immigration, did not exactly go over well with this faith constituency. Rev. Rodriguez told me that Trump’s invitation created something of a stir in his world.
Tom Gjelten
There’s an immigration problem in every country that has money, in that people there have a problem with immigration.
Michael Pena
America deserves common sense immigration reform that reflects our interests and our values as Americans.
Hank Johnson
Under President Obama, we saw an unwarranted extension of amnesty programs which neglected the root of the illegal immigration crisis. We saw a troubling lack of urgency in addressing the sanctuary cities which subvert the rule of law.
Luther Strange
Mexican immigration poses challenges to our policies and to our identity in a way nothing else has in the past.
Samuel P. Huntington
You cannot grant amnesty. If the American people see us granting amnesty they will never again believe in legal immigration. They will never again support it, and that’s wrong for our country, bad for our future.
Marco Rubio
We must pursue immigration reform – it’s something we have to do, something that starts with border security.
Cory Gardner
When polled on Donald Trump’s agenda, though pluralities of young people oppose his policies on immigration and healthcare, there is one issue where Trump’s position wins outright majority support, even among young Democrats: trade.
Kristen Soltis Anderson
Congress in the immigration law gives the president the power to restrict or suspend the entry of people he may deem appropriate.
John Yang
Looking to Donald Trump`s immigration speech can he hang onto his base if he softens his stance on the issue that got him this far?
Steve Kornacki
I don’t have a problem with people from Slovakia and Lithuania. But I do have a problem with immigration from Islamic countries.
Geert Wilders
All voices are important, and yet it seems that people of color have a lot to say, particularly if you look through the poetry of young people – a lot of questions and a lot of concerns about immigration and security issues, you name it – big questions.
Juan Felipe Herrera
This election [2016], and I believe this, is our last chance to secure the border, stop illegal immigration and reform our laws to make your life better.
Donald Trump
We know that the United States Senate has passed comprehensive immigration reform. We know it can happen. And that, to me, is what we need to do. We have a broken immigration system. And I say this because we are a country that has always opened our doors. That’s who we are.
Catherine Cortez-Masto
The politics, policies, the President [Barack Obama] and the American people are all pointing in the right direction to fix our immigration system and pass legislation this year.
Luis Gutierrez
We’ve had some big waves [of immigration]. And tremendously positive things have happened. Incredible things have happened.
Donald Trump
I handed my passport to the immigration officer, and he looked at it and looked at me and said, ‘What are you?’
Grace Hopper
Legal immigration should emphasize merit and meeting the needs of the U.S., including specific unmet workforce needs.
Tim Pawlenty
I do think that we need more of a balance between merit-based and familial-based immigration.
Mike Coffman
You wouldn’t expect ABC or any of the mainstream networks to take a position on immigration, health care, anything. But at Univision, it’s different. We are pro-immigrant. That’s our audience, and people depend on us. When we are better represented politically, that role for us will recede.
Jorge Ramos
If you really probe, people are anxious about their job, anxious about their home, their children’s future. Obviously it gets translated into things like immigration, but that is nothing new.
Keir Starmer
I regard many of the neoconservatives as personal friends, but that’s not stopped them from behaving with extraordinary viciousness towards those of us who raised the immigration issue.
Peter Brimelow
The California proposition [Prop. 187] is one I would agree with. That’s the easiest way to put it.
Bob Dole
Donald Trump unveiled his immigration policy and now he’s getting a lot of flak. His policy would have prevented his own grandfather from coming to America. That explains his new campaign slogan: ‘Vote Trump to prevent another Trump.’
Conan O’Brien
We must have sweeping, generous immigration reform, make existing law- abiding Hispanics welcome. Most are hard working family people.
Rupert Murdoch
Immigration is an emotional issue. And it ought to be an emotional issue because it affects people’s lives.
Stephen Miller
I think everyone wants to know why I look like this. These jokes I make about looking Chinese… My mother’s from Hungary and my dad was from Canada. There’s a lot of immigration in my past.
Michael McIntyre
I strongly support the bipartisan immigration measure previously passed by the Senate, and when I served in Congress I was proud to have helped introduce the House version of the bill. I also strongly support the DREAM Act.
Brad Schneider
When I first arrived in the U.S. House of Representatives, I naively believed that it was primarily the Democrats who were committed to open borders. But I quickly learned the entire Republican establishment also supported a policy of immigration non-enforcement.
Tom Tancredo
Immigrants have been coming here for a long time. The Americans that are afraid of others coming were immigrants once themselves, so they have a lot of nerve. We have a lot of nerve as a country. The only people that should have xenophobia are Native Americans. Everyone else should shut up.
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.
If it’s concerning immigration, do something on immigration, put your concerns on the President’s actions and I’ll vote on them. I’m not going to play politics and start playing around with the Homeland Security, there’s no pressure that’s going to change where I am.
Joe Manchin
The problem with the immigration debate, it’s probably is the most poisoned and political debate of any issue, because you have this huge voting bloc that everybody says is yours
Greg Gutfeld
You see crime and you see all [ sharia] things happening, unfortunately all over Europe, because of (a) the mass immigration, but (b) also because of we politicians are not able to deal with it.
Geert Wilders
All I’ve ever done since I was 17 is tell stories. You know, I’m a storyteller. And that’s what I’m going to keep on doing, especially now, kind of embracing and making sure that we tell immigration.
Jose Antonio Vargas
One wonders, in fact, why marriage is a legal issue at all – apart from its relevance to immigration and property laws. Why would something so integral to human nature require such vigilant legal protection?
Christopher Ryan
If immigration reform is bad for America’s workers, then why does virtually every group that represents American workers support it so enthusiastically?
Luis Gutierrez
Trump is a cultural candidate for president, not an economic one. He clearly loves America and wants America to stay America. America won’t be America if it has open borders and mass Muslim immigration.
Milo Yiannopoulos
I sense that conservatives have largely already tuned out to the coming elections, after six years of burgeoning federal spending and inaction on key issues, such as immigration. The Republican Party has become the party of the government status quo, and conservatives see no reason to reward it with their votes.
Bob Barr
There is international criminal organizations penetrating our southern based borders, and we need to do something about it. Secure the border, enforce the law, no amnesty, and go forward with the legal immigration system that gives priority to American working families and wages.
Scott Walker
The explosion of jihad and its desire to export its contagious madness to all areas of the world have changed the way we view immigration.
Greg Gutfeld
Melania Trump posted on Twitter -I have at all times been in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country. It’s the same message she told MSNBC in February [2016].
Melania Trump
We’ve had a debate about immigration in New Zealand for some time. Now what we’re trying to champion in that conversation is a recognition that New Zealand has been built off immigration. I myself am a third-generation New Zealander.
Jacinda Ardern
There is so much work to be done to treat gays and lesbians and gay and lesbian couples with the respect that they’re entitled to. They deserve, in my judgment, partnership benefits. They deserve to be treated fairly when it comes to adoption and immigration.
John Edwards
The Congress talks and talks and talks and talks, but doesn’t act. I’m going to continue to work with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to bring about comprehensive immigration reform.
Luis Gutierrez
Immigration confuses and terrifies me, so why not try to write a comic and make some sense of it?
Brian K. Vaughan
I believe that Streamline should be part of our toolbox of things that we use at the border. And there needs to be a variety of things that we use at the border to get the most effective enforcement strategy. And so really it’s a resource issue more than anything else.
Janet Napolitano
What, then, is this new man, the American? They are a mixture of English, Scotch, Irish, French, Dutch, Germans, and Swedes. From this promiscuous breed, that race, now called Americans, have arisen.
J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur
Having something like an Australia points-based system means we control immigration and bring in the skills that we need.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal
That’s the primary mission of ours: to protect the border, enhance the border, and capitalize on what the border has to offer. It’s the source of jobs, source of positive immigration stories.
Beto O’Rourke
My understanding, when I think of immigration, is like… you know, this country was built on immigrants: the German, the Polish, the Italian, the Jewish, the Russians, the Eastern Europeans. So, all these people came in, and I don’t know who decided like, ‘No, that’s it! There’s a cap on it! No more people.’
Michael Pena
We have to ensure that our immigration system works in the interests of Britain, enabling us to make a realistic promise to our young school-leavers. It is part of our contract with the British people.
Iain Duncan Smith
There’s a tendency for people who believe passionately in something to be so convinced of their rightness that if they just repeat themselves a lot at the person, that will convince them. And that hasn’t worked on things like immigration or trade deals.
Duncan Green
It would cost Americans their jobs when they have to compete with millions of more [immigrants] for scarce jobs.
Lamar S. Smith
Identity theft involving these cards is a growing form of white collar crime, facilitating illegal immigration, banking and accounting fraud, tax evasion, and other nefarious activities.
Ron Lewis
The Republican Party needs to be very, very careful that it maintains the Golden Rule in its rhetoric regarding immigration policy.
Sonny Perdue
Women likely are rejecting Trump because they know the presidential race isn’t just about taxes or ISIL or immigration. It’s about their place in society and how a Trump presidency would drag women back a half-century.
Kirsten Powers
Immigration of people has been important for the story of this planet, to make what is today.
Manu Chao
These are people – I’m for immigration – legal immigration. I’ve been an immigration attorney. But people who have come to our country and violated laws, we should not be providing full health care services.
Joe Wilson
Donald Trump done a lot of name calling, and he created a very toxic atmosphere. I mean just we want to start with immigration, do you want to start with these things that he has said – you know, about Muslims. I mean, where it ends?
John Kasich
I know that many Danes are worried about the future. Worried about jobs, about open borders. About whether we can find a balance in immigration policy.
Mette Frederiksen
But my view is that you need a system at the border. You need some fencing but you need technology. You need boots on the ground. And then you need to have interior enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws inside the country. And that means dealing with the employers who still consistently hire illegal labor.
Janet Napolitano
One area in which we can be certain mass immigration has an effect is housing. More than one third of all new housing demand in Britain is caused by immigration. And there is evidence that without the demand caused by mass immigration, house prices could be 10% lower over a 20-year period.
Theresa May
Washington, D.C. is what is broken, not the immigration policies. We have good laws. We have people suffer every day because of government’s failure to enforce the law and be respectful to the process we have. We have a pathway to citizenship already in place.
Russell Pearce
I absolutely believe that those who come here illegally should not be given favoritism or a special route to becoming permanent residents or citizens that’s not given to those people who have stayed in line legally. I just think we have to follow the law, I think that’s the right course.
Mitt Romney
Refugee policy is only one part of immigration law needing a drastic overhaul.
Tom Tancredo
We must insist on assimilation – immigration without assimilation is an invasion. We need to tell folks who want to come here, they need to come here legally. They need to learn English, adopt our values, roll up their sleeves and get to work.
Bobby Jindal
We’ve been living under outdated immigration rules from decades ago. They’re decades and decades old.
Donald Trump
Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.
John F. Kennedy
We will never regain control of our borders until we have an effective employer sanctions program.
Romano L. Mazzoli
Florida doesn’t need an immigration law.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera
I don’t happen to believe, by the way, that immigration policies that single people out because of religion, for instance, are fair and just.
Bob Iger
For me, the most important issue in the Republican presidential contest is immigration and its effect on our national security. On that issue Mr. Trump stands head and shoulders above the other candidates.
Kris Kobach
Xenophobia is defined as the uncontrollable fear of foreigners. That fear should not dictate the immigration dialogue any longer.
Elizabeth Flock
I am glad to see the wheels are moving at last toward comprehensive immigration reform after last year’s election. I am glad that immigrants are speaking up.
Andrew Lam
It’s also very important in Latin America. If we can deal with the drug problem there, some of their strife there, it’s less likely we have immigration problems here.
Anthony Weiner
Americans want relief from uncontrolled immigration, which is what we have now.
Donald Trump
What they are doing is disarming in the battle to stop illegal drugs and illegal aliens.
Lamar S. Smith
We have never had the will to enforce the immigration laws. What you see is what you’ll continue to get.
Charlie Munger
I had fought against the unjust restriction of immigration.
Emanuel Celler
On top of that, illegal immigration costs our country more than $113 billion a year. And this is what we get. For the money we are going to spend on illegal immigration over the next 10 years, we could provide 1 million at-risk students with a school voucher, which so many people are wanting.
Donald Trump
In England, in France, in no other country would a black man have a chance to get elected. There’s no two ways about it. Our country [USA] has been better about dealing with immigration and people who are different from each other than any other country in the world, that I know of.
Randy Newman
I actually believe that one of the lessons of 1993 and 1994, as well as 2009 and 2010, is that when a Democratic president has the opportunity – with a Democratic Congress – that you shouldn’t wait to push significant legislation, whether it’s health care, immigration reform, other measures.
Julian Castro
For one, we very much need in any immigration bill – we need protection for people who are in this country and who have not become citizens, for example, that they are protected and legitimized and given permanent residency here. And we want to see some things of that kind added to the immigration bill.
Ronald Reagan
Congress is the appropriate place to make laws about our country’s immigration policy; it is not something that the president gets to decide on his own.
John Barrasso
We need a permanent solution to TPS recipients and develop a path to citizenship. And, more fundamentally, we need to ensure that our immigration policies treat those coming to this country with the dignity and compassion that should be afforded to all human beings and immediately stop tearing families apart.
Ayanna Pressley
Hillary Clinton has shown no indication whatsoever of stemming the tide of Islamic immigration, or stopping our mollycoddling, and pandering to Islam. These things are direct threats. Not just to culture, but to the lives of gay people in America.
Milo Yiannopoulos
Those life experiences that helped shaped my political beliefs are with me in every position I take and every vote that I cast – whether it be in favor of comprehensive immigration reform, strengthening Social Security and Medicare, or improving our nation’s education system.
Mark Takano
I am the executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, which is the country’s only national immigrant rights organization for black immigrants and African Americans. Being the daughter of Nigerian immigrants really drove me to do this type of work.
Opal Tometi
Asylum under the traditional definition doesn’t necessarily include people coming here for economic reasons, but I think one of the biggest things we need to do is expand legal immigration so people can do that legally.
Katie Hill
For those here illegally today, who are seeking legal status, they will have one route and one route only. To return home and apply for reentry like everybody else, under the rules of the new legal immigration system that I have outlined above.
Donald Trump
I’m concerned that Speaker Boehner is getting ahead of House Republicans when he commits to getting a ‘comprehensive approach’ to immigration taken care of ‘once and for all.’
John Fleming
Now, some of the most dangerous places for women to be in the world are modern, Western, rich European countries. Why? One reason. Islamic immigration – it’s got to stop.
Milo Yiannopoulos
We have a legal immigration system that’s outdated, it’s primarily based on whether you have family members living here. In the 21st century, it has to be more of a merit-based system, and that is why our legal immigration system is in need of modernization.
Marco Rubio
If you have a solution to immigration, it is possible to come home and defend it.
Lamar Alexander
The economic impact of illegal immigration on taxpayers is catastrophic.
Ric Keller
We should return to Howard-era immigration levels in NSW.
Gladys Berejiklian
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
Western culture is what is at risk from immigration from the Middle East.
Milo Yiannopoulos
These people are out of control. It’s stunning.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
A Conservative government will set immigration policy within a wider strategy that meets the changing demographic make-up of Britain, taking full account of its impact on our population and maximising the economic advantages while mitigating the costs and risks.
Dominic Grieve
The public must have confidence in our ability to control immigration – in terms of type and volume – from within the E.U. That is why, once we have left the E.U., this government will apply its own immigration rules and requirements that will meet the needs of U.K. businesses, but also of wider society.
Amber Rudd
Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself, I always take a trip to the U.S. The immigration guys kick the star out of my stardom.
Shah Rukh Khan
The current practice of extending U.S. citizenship to hundreds of thousands of ‘anchor babies’ must end because it creates a magnet for illegal immigration into our country. Now is the time to ensure that the laws in this country do not encourage law-breaking.
Steve King
If our government has a policy, any political subdivision, that limits or restricts the enforcement of our immigration laws, we will sue them! And that suit will be $5,000 a day every day until that policy is changed! This law will be enforced.
Russell Pearce
Anyone who doesn’t agree with the Left’s approach to immigration oftentimes gets stigmatized as anti-immigrant or anti-Hispanic.
Marco Rubio
If the U.S. doubled its total immigration and prioritized bringing in new workers, it could add more than half a percentage point a year to expected GDP growth.
Kevin Hassett
I think growing up in South Africa, and then moving to Canada, I’m just genuinely interested in the difference between the First World and the Third World, immigration, and how the new, globalized world is beginning to operate. All of those things run through my mind a lot.
Neill Blomkamp
No one believed [the 1986 amnesty for illegal aliens] was tough enough on illegal immigration, and it didn’t give enough flexibility on future legal immigration.
Charles Schumer
A federal appellate circuit looked at what [Barak] Obama was doing and said he can’t do it. Immigration law is settled.
Rush Limbaugh
Bush has legitimized a huge expansion of the welfare state, liberalizing immigration, and using force for democratization abroad. All the next Democratic president has to do to finish Bush’s hard work is to raise taxes to pay for it all.
Andrew Sullivan
I don’t view our approach as negative. I view our approach that when you have a candidate in a Republican primary make statements that would make his position to the left of Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama on immigration… we need to bring that out to the people.
Chuck Fleischmann
The church also does not condone a broken immigration system in the U.S., one that too easily can lead to the exploitation, abuse and even death of immigrants.
Roger Mahony
Trump’s policies are a mix of fairly traditional things. Even his immigration stuff isn’t really that new.
Greg Gutfeld
Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Once you join the queue for the immigration line, pay attention to what the expeditor tells you. Have your papers ready. Don’t have your cell phone out. Take off your hat. Open your passport to the page with your photo and present it to the immigration officer already open.
Hanya Yanagihara
I have been for border security for years. I voted for border security in the United States Senate. And my comprehensive immigration reform plan of course includes border security.
Hillary Clinton
As we leave the E.U., freedom of movement falls away, because it’s an E.U. rule… What we then have to say is, ‘What then is on the blank piece of paper that is an immigration policy?’
Keir Starmer
We have taken a situation in the U.K. because of concerns, for example, over immigration and other things, so Britain now is on a path out of Europe.
Tony Blair
If I pleaded guilty to a mistake while I was home secretary, it wasn’t that I didn’t get tough – my God, I put immigration and security officials on French soil for the first time.
David Blunkett
The BJP has a zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism and is determined to equip the Indian armed forces with modern and hi-tech equipment and take steps to restrict illegal immigration.
Yogi Adityanath
We owe an historic debt to American Indians. They have a unique set of concerns that haven’t been addressed, and I’d like to stand with them. Also, I’d like to get their views on immigration.
Al Franken
Our policy is guided by the principle that we will keep unauthorized aliens out of the United States, welcome legal immigrants, and protect refugees from harm. Our solutions rely on working in partnership with States and communities.
William J. Clinton
Let’s be honest, if the Democrats didn’t support ignoring our nation’s immigration laws, there is no way they could win the presidency or a local dog catcher election.
Ted Nugent
Even though the method of ‘Harvest’ was a historical novel, its intentions were that of a modern novel. I’m asking you to think about land being seized in Brazil by soya barons. It’s also a novel about immigration.
Jim Crace
Jeb Bush is very good on immigration, he’s very good on education. He’s a smart guy.
Michael Bloomberg
The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.
Shirley MacLaine
If immigration reform passes, it’ll be a big victory for sanity – nobody really believes it’s healthy for a country to have millions and millions of undocumented noncitizens living in the shadows. But it’ll also be a sign that the Republican Party has gotten tired of letting the Tea Party push it around.
Gail Collins
[Michael] Felix and other immigration attorneys say it’s possible [Melania] Trump was doing what a lot of models do – working illegally on a tourist visa.
Hansi Lo Wang
The making of an American begins at the point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land.
James A. Baldwin
Back in 2005, Judicial Watch uncovered a Border Patrol survey conducted by the Bush administration in 2004 to determine what impact amnesty would have on illegal immigration. Want to take a guess at the outcome? Even the rumor of Mr. Bush’s amnesty program led to a sharp spike in illegal immigration.
Tom Fitton
Our Nation’s immigration laws are disrespected both by those who cross our borders illegally and by the businesses that hire those illegal immigrants.
Steve Israel
These are busy times for the Border Patrol, the customs agents, immigration folks; but if we are going to send these agencies to fight a war on drugs, to fight a war against illegal behavior, we have to send them the proper tools.
Bob Filner
There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.
Theodore Roosevelt
By the reduction of the Arabs on the one hand and Jewish immigration in the transition period on the other, we will ensure an absolute Hebrew majority in a parliamentary regime.
Moshe Sharett
The typical jobs that a lower-skilled immigration worker might do might be construction work, it might be hospitality work, it might be restaurant work, or might be not working at all and just going onto the welfare system if there isn’t a job for that individual.
Stephen Miller
A points-based system like Australia has zero Islamic racial immigration.
Milo Yiannopoulos
I think, in Australia, the no-go areas wouldn’t be as bad as in Europe because they’ve got less mass immigration, but I’ve heard some pretty bizarre stories about riots, attacks.
Lauren Southern
You can see why there are more people wanting to come from economically-distressed areas, and they can’t all come to America. So it gets into the valid, legitimate debate over immigration as to how do we choose. Do we have a diversity lottery and take people from everywhere, do we base it more on merit?
Rand Paul
We have history as a guide, and history suggests that this brand of comprehensive reform … is a recipe for failure.
David Vitter
As a Latin man, obviously immigration has been a part of my culture for decades. [I] grew up understanding what you go through in order to come to this country and searching for that American dream.
Wilmer Valderrama
If the choice is between universal health care or fixing our broken immigration system or upholding a 60-vote filibuster rule that is nowhere in the Constitution, I’m going to choose actually making progress for the American people.
Julian Castro
While I support immigration regulated through a legal framework, I do not support rewarding those who broke the law to get here.
Kit Bond
You used to be able to tell a person’s nationality by the face. Immigration ended that. Next you discerned nationality via the footwear. Globalization ended that.
Jeffrey Eugenides
On Immigration policy and reform [Republicans] are on the wrong side of the track. … They would have you believe that if they get into office, they are going to make sure that they are going to get rid of everyone in our society who was not born in America.
Maxine Waters
If we’re willing to accept unlimited immigration in order to keep wages low and corporate profits high, we should just say so and stop paying for all the immigration enforcement window dressing.
Jan C. Ting
Some people would say we’re already under attack by aliens – not space aliens, but illegal aliens.
Rush Limbaugh
I support immigration, provided the people come through legally, and that is based upon merit.
Corey Stewart
We have a long way to go, some tough issues ahead of us, and I’m sure there will be some obstacles in the path … But the good faith effort that’s being put into this absolutely is encouraging to me and gives me hope.
Dick Durbin
I have traveled around Minnesota and addressed many issues, and immigration is one of those issues.
Tim Pawlenty
I’m on record saying nothing about immigration until we secure the borders. The borders are not secure.
Kevin McCarthy
It’s always good, when it comes to immigration, to always be paranoid. You can never be too paranoid.
Ann Coulter
For too long the U.S. immigration system has focused on accepting low-skilled immigrants. Basic economics tells us that the surge of low-skilled workers depresses wages and harms the prospects of American workers.
Mercedes Schlapp
There’s a lot of overconfidence about this bill. We’re going to expose it. It will not pass.
Jeff Sessions
We have to educate our communities about the immigration system and dispel the myths that have been fed to us. Immigration isn’t going to go away. A wall isn’t going to ‘solve’ the issue.
Diane Guerrero
We need to have something that is reworked, that deals with immigration, that is not thinking in terms of policing.
Sharice Davids
Certainly in a world where terrorism is a daily reality in the news, it’s easy for people to be afraid. But the fact is that we laid out very clearly – and Canadians get – that it’s actually not a choice between either immigration or security: that of course they go together.
Justin Trudeau
Everybody will say that they’re not opposed to immigration; they’re opposed to illegal immigration. That’s what I’m saying.
Sam Brownback
The idea that America has cornered the market on anti-immigration is ridiculous. It’s a global phenomenon.
Junot Diaz
We must fix our broken immigration system. That means stopping illegal immigration. And it means welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of their race or religion. Just like we have for centuries.
Nikki Haley
If you have to deal with our friends at ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, it’s like a Kafka novel. Files just disappear.
Jeb Bush
I think conventional wisdom is that time is not on our side. But there are a number of members of Congress who have primaries and when those primaries are done, they may be more inclined to address the issue of comprehensive immigration reform.
John McCain
We have millions of unemployed and cannot afford any more immigration. Where are they supposed to live? It is not viable.
Marine Le Pen
Britain has a long and proud record of welcoming migrants. They have made many positive contributions to our economy. But the impact of uncontrolled immigration from the E.U. has placed new pressures on our country.
Priti Patel
…I believe that it is not enough, as I said, to tinker at the margins of U.S. immigration law… the United States must institute comprehensive reforms that conform to the realities of the era in which we live.
Ronald Reagan
My message on immigration is that the people who want to come to this country, by and large, even those who have done it illegally, are coming for the right reasons, not to take advantage of our welfare system.
Blake Farenthold
What I put forward was an amendment that would have temporarily halted immigration from high-risk terrorist countries, but would have started it up, but I wanted them to go through Global Entry, which is a program where we do background checks.
Ted Cruz
It seems as though our leaders have almost forgotten about legal immigration and are just leaving our borders open, which is a detriment culturally, financially, and in a lot of other realms for native people.
Lauren Southern
America was, in the eyes of so many people, and it’s what people respect America for, it is people have been able to come here, find a place, contribute to the economy. That’s what immigration has been in America.
Charlie Rose
According to the California Hospital Association, health care for illegal aliens is costing state taxpayers well over $1 billion a year. Eighty-four hospitals across California have already been forced to close because of unpaid bills by illegal aliens.
Ann Coulter
I’m against immigration.
Gavin McInnes
The fundamental problem with the immigration system in America is that it serves the needs of wealthy donors, political activists and powerful, powerful politicians.
Donald Trump
I think everybody could agree that our immigration system is broken. We have not told the truth about it.
Jose Antonio Vargas
I think Bush’s immigration proposal is treason and he should be impeached.
Peter Brimelow
We’ve admitted 59 million immigrants to the United States between 1965 and 2015. Many of these arrivals have greatly enriched our country. So true. But we now have an obligation to them and to their children to control future immigration as we are following, if you think, previous immigration waves.
Donald Trump
We can bring immigration down to sustainable levels.
Theresa May
The EU leaves us no freedom to determine our own immigration and asylum laws. That’s why leaving the EU is necessary.
Geert Wilders
In my view, our immigration policy means that we have some people who can come into this country – who we might want to say no to – and others, who we might want to attract, who can’t currently come in.
Michael Gove
The skepticism that has grown up about elites is totally justified. Since 2008, no one has gone to jail on Wall Street for the crash and elites have not been able to fix the problem, right? We haven’t managed to fix post manufacturing job growth. We haven’t fixed the issues to do with immigration.
Katty Kay
America’s future as the global leader in innovation remains in the balance until our immigration system is fixed. A large portion of a reform package should focus on updating our system to better reflect the business landscape and market realities of the 21st century.
Brad Feld
Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers. We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people.
Donald Trump
Sen. Robert Menendez’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 would try to nullify every single state and local law that fights illegal immigration. Congressman Luis Gutierrez’s CIR ASAP Act with over 100 Democratic co-sponsors does the same thing.
Russell Pearce
Even more troubling, not only are Asians largely unseen at the front line of the immigration debate, they are not using the resources available to help them manage their undocumented status.
Alex Wagner
I don’t really understand sometimes the national conversation on immigration.
Francis X. Suarez
The immigration must be limited, that is, first and foremost the foreign cultural one.
Carl I. Hagen
We will hear more details on [Donald] Trump`s plans on addressing illegal immigration in the speech tonight, including what Trump plans to do about those 11 million illegal immigrants already in the U.S.
Kellyanne Conway
Immigration is everyone’s business: it is one of the most important national issues. The idea that it is too dangerous to be debated is a mockery of democracy. It is too important not to debate.
Geoffrey Blainey
I was taken off from plane and interrogated by U.S. Immigration in Canada on my views on drones. My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop.
Imran Khan
I am a Democrat and disagree with virtually all of President Trump’s policy positions, including those on healthcare, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, immigration, global warming, gun control, and tax ‘reform.’
Eva Moskowitz
Those who have left to seek entry under this new system – and it will be an efficient system – will not be awarded surplus visas, but will have to apply for entry under the immigration caps or limits that will be established in the future.
Donald Trump
The bedrock foundation of any rational immigration policy should be to benefit America rather than benefiting potential or existing immigrants, or any other specific group, whether favorable or antagonistic to them.
Robert Zubrin
I started coming to L.A. as often as I could, for three months on and three months off, because immigration kicks you out after 90 days.
Jai Courtney
…the fact [is] that our borders leak like a sieve: those things cannot be permitted to continue in good conscience.
William J. Clinton
Issues like immigration, police brutality, and other onerous laws put in place by local and state governments are prime avenues for active clergy to work with their parishioners on the issues that affect their daily lives.
Anthea Butler
Proper training and federal supervision in state-federal partnerships are essential to both assuring constitutional rights and enforcing our immigration laws. Our Founding Fathers’ concept of federalism does not prohibit such cooperation, and we have learned from experience that joint efforts work best.
Asa Hutchinson
We can’t afford to lose control of our own borders or to take on new financial burdens at a time when we are not adequately providing for the jobs, the health care and the education of our own people.
William J. Clinton
Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed in terms of how to help people who break them.
Thomas Sowell
The discrepancy between American ideals and American practice – between our aims and what we actually do – creates a moral dry rot which eats away at the foundations of our democratic faith.
Helen Gahagan Douglas
What we do know, despite the lack of media curiosity, is that Hillary Clinton promises a radical amnesty combined with a radical reduction in immigration enforcement.
Donald Trump
Our communities have been deeply enhanced by immigration, be it of Irish Catholics across the constituency or of Muslims from Gujarat in India or from Pakistan, principally from Kashmir.
Jo Cox
He had ‘deep concerns’ with the pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants under consideration by the group, calling it ‘profoundly unfair’ to legal immigrants.
Ted Cruz
Ours is an open and accepting society, and has historically provided an avenue for lawful immigration to all those willing to accept the responsibilities of citizenship.
Spencer Bachus
In a country built on the dreams and accomplishments of an immigrant population, a particularly severe wound is inflicted on that principle when an immigration matter is not conducted in accord with the best of our tradition of courtesy and fairness.
Maryanne Trump Barry
Unless the Stream of their Importation could be turned… they will soon so outnumber us, that all the advantages we have, will not in my Opinion be able to preserve our Language, and even our Government will become precarious.
Benjamin Franklin
As I’ve said previously as home secretary, dealing with immigration isn’t just a single issue and a single measure and a single step that you take. You’ve got to keep working at that over time.
Theresa May
Do you realize what’s been done to this whole definition of immigrants? The way Democrats and the left talk about immigration, immigration is anybody who wants to come to the country. And so if you’re opposed to anybody coming in, then you’re anti-immigrant.
Rush Limbaugh
I believe immigration reform is a commitment of President Obama’s government, especially since it gives him a chance to respond to the great demand expressed by U.S. Hispanic voters.
Enrique Pena Nieto
Illegal immigrants make a rational choice when they decide to violate our immigration laws. They weigh the costs, including the risks of getting caught, against the benefits of a better life.
Jan C. Ting
The first thing we need is for President Obama to finally enforce current immigration law and strengthen our borders. To take up any other agenda is bad policy for the American people and bad politics for Republicans.
John Fleming
During the campaign, Trump in many ways repudiated President Obama’s national security and foreign policy approach on issues like the Iran nuclear deal and immigration. So there’s a real question of continuity or disruption with Trump, which wouldn’t have existed if Clinton was president-elect.
Peter Bergen
When I ran I was a first candidate to talk about how immigration was going be so damaging to the American people. When I first ran I talked about affirmative-action.
David Duke
The Libertarian position on immigration is to have, not open borders with no restrictions, but to have controlled borders that allow hard-working people to come into America to help raise their standard of living and improve the American economy.
Michael Badnarik
More and more Americans are asking about the price that we have to pay when Wal-Mart comes into a community, treats workers poorly, violates immigration laws and squashes small businesses.
Anthony Weiner
Cracking down on illegal immigration was a key priority when I ran in 2002, 2006, and during my time as governor. Illegal immigration is a big problem, and it needs to be strongly addressed.
Tim Pawlenty
I will fight every single day to pass comprehensive immigration-reform legislation with a path to citizenship.
Hillary Clinton
I was part of the gang of eight in the house in 2013 that was working on comprehensive immigration reform. We talked a lot about border security and what was effective and what was not. Walls are not effective when you`re out in the desert and you don`t need them.
John Yarmuth
I will continue to stand strongly with my fellow House Democrats, with immigration reform advocates and with millions of hard-working, law-abiding families who want simply to remain together and contribute to our great country.
Jan Schakowsky
There are a lot of people who are eager to assign blame. I think we’re [USA] eager to try and find some solutions. One thing that would help would be comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
Josh Earnest
We must pass immigration reform.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
As the American public continues to focus more intensely on illegal immigration and securing the nation’s borders, the number of members of the House Immigration Reform Caucus continues to grow.
Virgil Goode
Without sounding too grandiose, the survival of the planet itself is at stake, you have rising sea levels, acidification of the oceans, immigration sparked by climate change, droughts that are much more severe.
Laurent Fabius
It might sound strange coming from a home secretary – I’m a big fan of immigration and what it means for our country, in terms of how it makes us stronger.
Sajid Javid
[L]ook at it from Vicente Fox’s point of view. I mean if – if you had a renegade, potential criminal element that was poor and unwilling to work, and you had a chance to get rid of 500,000 every year, would you do it?
Rush Limbaugh
In my own personal experience, I’ve had different family members who have been held in immigration detention because they’ve had some sort of challenge financially, and they were making difficult decisions, and that led to their immigration detention and, eventually, deportation.
Opal Tometi
Enforcement alone does not work. Unless we address the gap between our immigration laws and reality, illegal immigration will not stop and the situation on the border will continue to be chaotic.
Harry Reid
I do not bring any professional knowledge of the issue to bear, but what I do bring to my consideration of immigration is a deepened and highly sensitized feeling with those persons who feel alien in our country. I can feel the strangeness they feel because it is something I have experienced in a different area.
Barbara Jordan
We had had mass immigration from the late 1800s all the way through the early 1900s to the 1920s, and we had to pause the immigration in order to for the new arrivals to assimilate, to become Americans, to learn English, for one thing. The one thing – or not the one; there are many different things.
Rush Limbaugh
I’m not anti-immigration.
Mickey Kaus
Immigration has defined my entire life. My parents left Mozambique with nothing but their wits in search of a better life for their kids. They moved to England in the 1970s, saw the classism there, and left for America soon after.
Jose Ferreira
My life has been, you know, immeasurably enriched by my wife and her family and her immigration story.
John Fetterman
According to Democrats it’s racist, jingoistic and xenophobic to support enforcing America’s immigration laws. What’s next for Democrats, labeling heterosexual sex as homophobic?
Ted Nugent
You never really saw the racism in Europe in the past because it was so homogeneous. When everyone is blonde and blue-eyed, you don’t see racism. But as soon as there was the beginnings of immigration, it just came out very dramatically.
Noam Chomsky
Although more than 500 million maritime containers move around the world each year, accounting for 90 per cent of international trade, only 2 per cent are inspected. Strengthening customs and immigration systems is essential.
Ban Ki-moon
Told reporters Wednesday he can support a pathway to citizenship for some of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. and that he actually prefers it to a plan that would create a second-class of citizens through alternative programs.
Darrell Issa
I do not want to leave in [U.S.] … I cannot make that clear enough to immigration authorities who may be listening to this interview. I don’t want to leave, so please don’t make me.
John Oliver
To advocate both for more immigration and for faster wage growth for the working and middle class is to work at cross-purposes.
Edward Conard
Through protest – especially in the 1950s and ’60s – we, as a people, touched greatness. Protest, not immigration, was our way into the American Dream. Freedom in this country had always been relative to race, and it was black protest that made freedom an absolute.
Shelby Steele
The long-standing wisdom that everyone wins in a single world market has been undermined. Global trade, capital flows, and immigration are declining.
Roger Altman
It’s a huge gap in security, it’s a huge problem we’ve had with our immigration system for many years.
Adam Schiff
SDPD works to protect everyone regardless of their immigration status because trust between the community and law enforcement is key to stopping crime and keeping neighborhoods safe. If someone commits a crime, they will be held accountable whether or not they are a citizen.
Kevin Faulconer
America’s got to take a break from foreign wars, and take a break from immigration.
Milo Yiannopoulos
For too long, our immigration system has failed to live up to the ideals and principles our nation was founded on.
Alex Padilla
America’s growth historically has been fueled mostly by investment, education, productivity, innovation and immigration. The one thing that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with America’s growth rate is a brutal work schedule.
Fareed Zakaria
The newspaper is under fire for refusing to kowtow to left-wing word police and militant propagandists who demand unfettered illegal immigration. Last week, in the wake of angry protests against the publication, vandals threw paint bombs and spray-painted graffiti on its offices.
Michelle Malkin
When you talk about the problem of illegal immigration, people are angry and polarized. When you talk about the answers, the debate gets a little different.
David Brooks
On top of that she promises uncontrolled, low-skilled immigration that continues to reduce jobs and wages for American workers, and especially for African-American and Hispanic workers within our country. Our citizens.
Donald Trump
There’s definitely a huge gap between the elite and public perceptions on immigration.
Mark Krikorian
We are waiting for Donald Trump`s big immigration speech. There are lots of unanswered questions that remain about where exactly Trump stands on deportation forces, on what to do with the millions of immigrants who are here illegally now, and where he stands on the question of birthright citizenship.
Steve Kornacki
There’s tremendous crime and illegal immigration is just incredible. As far as Rubio, he’s very weak on immigration, you know, I have great relations with Mexico and I love the Mexican people, and the spirit of the Mexican people. These are people just pouring across the border.
Donald Trump
We must keep attracting the brightest and best migrants from around the world. And we must implement a new immigration system after we leave the E.U. that gives us control and works in all of our interests.
Amber Rudd
Nobody here’s for open borders. When undocumented people are apprehended, they should be sent back to wherever they came from.
Richard Polanco
Send me to Washington, and if I can’t make a difference, I’ll voluntarily come back after just one term. Cut the deficit, slash illegal immigration in half, fix our horrific tax system – or I’ll come home and help find somebody that can. That’s my product guarantee.
Robert Blaha
Federal funding for cities who consider themselves sanctuary cities should be reduced.
Mitt Romney
There’s something in the Latino community called ‘la promesa de Obama’ – Obama’s promise. He made very specific promises to the Latino community. He committed to enacting comprehensive immigration reform within his first year.
Ana Navarro
What immigration really does is redistribute wealth away from workers toward employers.
George J. Borjas
We must end illegal immigration, period.
Robert Blaha
The American people are not anti-immigrant. We are concerned about the lack of coherence in our immigration policy and enforcement.
Chris Cannon
The thing is, is that every terrorist attack we’ve had since 9/11 has been legal immigration.
Ted Cruz
The future of the Republican Party, all the different folks looking to lead the Republican Party at the national level in the future, recognize we should do immigration reform.
Grover Norquist
I call it extreme vetting. And if people don`t like it – we`ve got have a country, folks, got to have a country. Countries in which immigration will be suspended would include places like Syria and Libya.
Donald Trump
We need to stop illegal immigration. We need to put people back to work. We need to cut taxes.
Corey Lewandowski
Immigration is a sensitive topic.
Mario Diaz-Balart
… the more we recruit from immigrants who bring no personal traditions with them, the more America is going to ignore the things of the spirit. No one whose consuming desire is either for food or for motor-cars is going to care about culture, or even know what it is.
Katharine Fullerton Gerould
Americans are defined by a history of immigration in pursuit of freedom and opportunity. We are more individualistic, enterprising, and protective of liberties that most Europeans do not expect, such as owning guns, working 70-hour weeks, or appreciating nature as it goes by at 60 mph on a snowmobile.
Jacob Weisberg
There’s a big debate in the U.S. about immigration reform. We need to reflect on who’s feeding this country today, why this community has been ignored.
Diego Luna
Because a person chooses to leave their home country and come to the United States does not necessarily mean they have the right to demand that their father or their other extended family members be allowed to come if they don’t otherwise meet the standard.
Jeff Sessions
I love England. In fact, they’re getting to know me so well at Heathrow Immigration that this time I was able to completely bypass the six months rabies quarantine.
Emo Philips
As a first generation American myself, I know that comprehensive immigration reform is good for our country. I know it will reduce our deficit, grow our economy, reaffirm our values, advance our ideals, and honor our history as a nation of immigrants.
Jan Schakowsky
Granting amnesty to people who broke the law penalizes the millions of people who are waiting to come to America legally.
Phil Gramm
Sometimes, of course, there’s no quick way to make it through immigration: Different airports have gluts of incoming flights at different times of day, and short of rearranging your flight schedule to ensure you’ll land at a low-traffic hour, there’s nothing you can do.
Hanya Yanagihara
Securing the border is priority number one.
Mitt Romney
I support legal immigration. I don’t support amnesty because it is not fair to people standing in line at consulates around the world.
Heather Wilson
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
Those who have come to the United States illegally should not be given amnesty or an easier path to citizenship over those already in line.
Mitt Romney
I am very supportive of Donald Trump’s call to temporarily suspend immigration from countries where terrorists influence and impact represents a threat to the United States.
Mike Pence
I know that we’ve had a lot of immigration. How many immigrants are in prison? And what I found was – and I’m a fanatical researcher – what I found was a massive cover-up by both the government and the media in not telling us how many immigrants are in prison.
Ann Coulter
I marched with you in the streets of Chicago to meet our immigration challenge. I fought with you in the Senate for comprehensive immigration reform. And I will make it a top priority in my first year as President.
Barack Obama
I worry that the Senate is working to consider a series of little-noticed provisions in comprehensive immigration reform that may provide a pathway to a national ID card for all individuals present in the United States – citizens and noncitizens.
Rand Paul
The recent, single-year influx of unaccompanied minors from foreign countries into the United States is a direct result of President Obama’s policies of encouraging amnesty and failing to enforce existing immigration laws.
James Lankford
The Biden Administration’s Executive Actions have attracted an influx of migrants seeking to take advantage of irresponsible and poorly thought-out immigration policy.
Madison Cawthorn
Stop illegal immigration. Stop these trade deals that are taking jobs from Americans. Build an economy that works for the people at the bottom, not just the ones at the top.
Mike Huckabee
According to data provided by the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, and the national interest, between 9/11 and the end of 2014, at least 380 foreign-born individuals were convicted in terror cases inside the United States. Our country is a mess! We don`t even know what to look for anymore, folks.
Donald Trump
We have a deportation force. It’s called Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. And the union for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement for the first time in their history endorsed Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States of America.
Mike Pence
Someone once said that many bad policies are just good policies that have been carried too far. For example, we have taken tolerance to such an extreme that we tolerate the immigration into our country of millions of intolerant people who hate millions of Americans who are already here.
Thomas Sowell
On immigration, there are a lot of hurdles before anything arrives at the White House.
Gwen Ifill
The criminal justice system should have the authority to determine the immigration status of all criminals, regardless of race or ethnicity, and report illegal immigrants who commit crimes to federal authorities.
Susana Martinez
We came to America, either ourselves or in the persons of our ancestors, to better the ideals of men, to make them see finer things than they had seen before, to get rid of the things that divide and to make sure of the things that unite.
Woodrow Wilson
Before ICE, we had Immigration and Naturalization Services, but it wasn’t until about 1999 that we chose to criminalize immigration at all. And then, once ICE was established, we really kind of militarized that enforcement to a degree that was previously unseen in the United States.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
By stopping the flow of illegal immigration, we will save countless tax dollars, and that’s so important because the tax – the dollars that we’re losing are beyond anything that you can imagine. And the tax dollars that can be used to rebuild struggling American communities – including our inner cities.
Donald Trump
Even before the Windrush scandal, it was clear Britain’s immigration system was in desperate need of reform.
Ed Davey
If Democrats oppose a border wall, they’re just saying they want continued, unendingly illegal immigration.
Stephen Miller
We need an immigration policy that works for America First.
Paul Nehlen
What we are seeing is there is a lot of anger out there about the failure of the government to resolve the immigration crisis.
Mark Potok
The United States didn’t ban Italian immigration in the 1920s because a small minority of Italians became members of the Mafia, and the country is a richer place for it.
Peter Bergen
We must promote upward mobility, starting with solutions that speak to our broken education system, broken immigration policy, and broken safety-net programs that foster dependency instead of helping people get back on their feet.
Paul Ryan
I think that was the smartest thing [immigration policy], he [Donald Trump] is done in his whole campaign there .
Eric Bolling
If you look at issues like immigration, gay marriage, gun regulation – these are all things that probably wouldn’t be a source of much discussion at all in D.C., if they weren’t sources of self-perpetuation.
Mark Leibovich
Immigration is a federal issue. The failing of Washington to implement an immigration system that works for our families and our businesses – it’s Washington’s failure. For us locally in Colorado, it’s really important that all people here feel comfortable with their local law enforcement.
Cary Kennedy
Mr. Speaker, our Nation depends on immigrants’ labor, and I hope we can create an immigration system as dependable as they are.
Luis Gutierrez
If our focus in immigration reform is exclusively on high-skilled or STEM immigrants, where do the rest of the millions yearning to join our ranks fit in?
Cedric Richmond
To argue that it is unconstitutional for local law enforcement to be a legitimate partner in immigration enforcement is shortsighted. It is evidence of a lack of commitment to securing our borders and a lack of appreciation for the proper role of the states in supporting federal law enforcement priorities.
Asa Hutchinson
People sort of misinterpret the immigration story. I often hear people say that, well, you know, they emigrate to another country for a better life. That is not what the story of the immigrant is. They go to another country to provide opportunities for the next generation.
Angelos Postecoglou
The tide of immigration in Canada has not been as great as along our frontier. They have been able to allow the Indians to live as Indians, which we have not, and do not attempt to force upon them the customs which are distasteful to them.
Nelson A. Miles
By holding down natural wage growth in labor-intensive industries, immigration serves as a subsidy for low-wage, low-productivity ways of doing business, retarding technological progress and productivity growth.
Mark Krikorian
I believe that the mistakes that we made in Europe in the last decades by allowing so much mass immigration from Islamic countries is a warning that if Australia is not vigilant enough to preserve the freedom, what has happened here might happen to Australia in the next decades as well.
Geert Wilders
Immigration policy isn’t really what we at HHS do.
Alex Azar
We for sure need to secure the border. I think we need to enforce the legal system. I’m not for amnesty, I’m not an advocate of the plans that have been pushed here in Washington… we need to find a way for people to have a legitimate legal immigration system in this country, and that doesn’t mean amnesty.
Scott Walker
The old racism of imperialism not only rendered the postwar political elite unable to see black people as full British citizens, it provided them with a whole glossary of stereotypes and preconceptions that they then deployed in order to justify their aim of introducing immigration controls.
David Olusoga
We will not lift a single finger or spend a single cent to be a cog in the Trump deportation machine, and we won’t be complicit in his effort to make American great again by reengineering the legal immigration system.
Kevin de Leon
I wish that the Democrats would put some effort into Social Security reform, illegal immigration’s reform, tax reform, or some of the other real issues that are out there.
Jack Kingston
This is the sheriff you’re talking about, with a gun and badge that enforces the law. Nothing is going to stop me from cracking down on illegal immigration as long as the laws are there.
Joe Arpaio
The President would usually talk to me about matters relating to the immigration problem.
Erich Leinsdorf
Quite simply, federal laws already on the books aimed at stopping the flow of illegal immigration must be enforced. Furthermore, states must be given the resources necessary to confront the problem, which includes strengthening the border patrol.
Allen West
Economic conservatives like immigration reform, and in fact, many of them supported the bill that John McCain and I put together in the Senate.
Chuck Schumer
Every time one of us starts talking about more effective immigration controls, somebody else throws up the Statue of Liberty, how we’re a nation of immigrants and all of that. The debate takes on tinges of racism, emotion.
Alan K. Simpson
Whether we buy into the rhetoric or not, one thing has been made clear: Illegal immigration is a problem reaching a breaking point, and something must be done.
Jeanne Marie Laskas
The refugee resettlement program is a kind of worldwide business. There is pressure to keep the numbers up even as you are struggling with the people who do come in.
Romano L. Mazzoli
Two decades of experience as an entrepreneur and CEO has informed my view that our priorities must stress improving educational outcomes, rebuilding America’s infrastructure, lowering health care costs, addressing climate change, reforming immigration, and ushering in an advanced energy economy.
John Delaney
Donald Trump’s laid out a plan to end illegal immigration once and for all in America. We’ve been talking it to death for 20 years. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine want to continue the policies of open borders, amnesty, catch and release, sanctuary cities, all the things that are driving wages down in this country.
Mike Pence
Throughout our history, Canada’s immigration policy has brought people here who had a pathway to citizenship. They were – and are – nation builders. It has been supported by political parties of all stripes and promoted by successive governments over generations.
Justin Trudeau
An immigration violation should not give the government license to rip up the rule book. By restricting judicial oversight and blocking public scrutiny, the government has exercised virtually unchecked power over those it has detained.
Jamie Fellner
We need legal immigration as an alternative to illegal immigration and a way of getting the millions of unauthorized immigrants already here to get legal and get in compliance with our laws.
Luis Gutierrez
I support concrete and progressive immigration reform based on three primary criteria: family reunification, economic contributions, and humanitarian concerns.
Jeff Bingaman
It is vitally important that we implement immigration reform. We need a bill that strengthens our borders and protects this nation, but that also makes it simpler for good people to become Americans.
Dave Reichert
Everywhere I travel throughout Eastern Washington, I hear from people demanding we do a better job of controlling our borders and reducing illegal immigration.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
The French want to regain control of their own country. They want to determine the course of their own economy and their immigration policies. They want their own laws to take precedence over those of the European Union.
Marine Le Pen
I want to have a good vote in the Senate so we send the message that the Republicans and the Democrats are together in favor of immigration reform.
Bob Menendez
I will do everything that is required in order to bring immigration down to a level that is manageable, that the public believe is right.
Michael Gove
We’re in a mess in America, and it’s because of what you think. We’re in a mess because of your party. We’re in a mess, Mrs. Clinton, because you’ve been there. You were responsible for this economy. You’re responsible our foreign policy. You’re responsible for the massive illegal immigration.
Rush Limbaugh
The fact is, as we leave the EU, Britain will be able to choose its own immigration system rather than having free movement with one part of the world and a managed system with elsewhere.
Matt Hancock
ISIS is a radical jihadist group that is increasingly sophisticated in its ability, for example, to radicalize American citizens, in its inability to exploit loopholes in our legal immigration system, in its ability to capture and hold territory in the Middle East, as I outlined earlier, in multiple countries.
Marco Rubio
Illegal immigration can never be completely stopped, no matter how high the wall or how many patrol agents you have watching it.
Gail Collins
I feel really strongly about immigration because my mom is… from Jamaica. She still has a green card here.
Ayesha Curry
Every day, children who are U.S. citizens are separated from their families as a result of immigration policies that need fixing.
Diane Guerrero
Politically, I don’t care what party you’re from, offer a point of view and let’s see what happens and really debate the issues rather than use personal attacks. Really talk about it, talk about immigration, talk about education, talk about pollution.
Robin Williams
We must continue to stand up for what’s right and push for bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform.
Sharice Davids
If you care about your personal liberty, you’ll be cautious when you feel comfortable, blame all the illegal immigrants for everything. What you need to do is attack their benefits: no free education, no free subsidies, no citizenship, no birth-right citizenship.
Ron Paul
Let me in, immigration man, can I cross the line and pray, I can stay another day? Won’t you let me in, immigration man? I won’t toe your line today, I can’t see it anyway.
Graham Nash
I am not the ‘illegal’ you think I am, and immigration is not what you think it is.
Jose Antonio Vargas
Whether it’s raising the minimum wage, fixing our broken immigration system or supporting an economic climate that gives our businesses that chance to succeed, I hope to continue to fight these important battles on behalf of my constituents.
Joe Kennedy III
We can’t deter people fleeing for their lives. They will come. The choice we have is how well we manage their arrival, and how humanely.
Antonio Guterres
The hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who have unlawfully crossed our border are posing a significant threat to the government’s ability to effectively enforce our nation’s immigration laws.
Matthew Whitaker
The First Step Act, the WEEE Act, and President Trump’s infrastructure and immigration compromise plans all serve as examples of Trump administration outreach to the Democrats.
Kayleigh McEnany
The fundamental problem with the immigration system in our country is that it serves the needs of wealthy donors, political activists and powerful, powerful politicians. It’s all you can do.
Donald Trump
New immigration plan is about legal education. It allows educated people who want to become Americans to stay and become Americans. It was nothing but common sense. It went over the heads of the media because their prejudicial bias did not permit them to even understand this was about legal immigration.
Rush Limbaugh
When I had to fill in my immigration papers, I gave my age as 19, and my profession as genius; I added that I had nothing to declare except my talent.
Oscar Wilde
Typically, if a politician makes immigration an issue, it’s because of the belief that immigrants are taking jobs from Americans.
Mary Pilon
As an immigrant, my wish is that we fix immigration. At Sequoia, we’ve backed a number of exceptional founders that were born abroad but started their careers in the Valley. They’ve created immense value, but more importantly, massive numbers of jobs locally, nationally and globally.
Alfred Lin
It’s not like Mexicans have an illegal immigration organ in their body and at 14 kicks off a hormone and shows them how to come to the United States illegally. It’s a question of desperation for a vast majority of them.
Luis Alberto Urrea
I am for an immigration policy that’s welcoming and upholds the law.
George H. W. Bush
We should fight [mass immigration], we should stop it, we should be proud of who we are and define what we are not.
Geert Wilders
Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African American and Latino workers. We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people.
Donald Trump
On the one hand we publicly pronounce the equality of all peoples; on the other hand, in our immigration laws, we embrace in practice these very theories we abhor and verbally condemn.
Emanuel Celler
It’s going to take a while for some of these things.
Jeff Flake
When you’ve seen prejudice, you understand that we aren’t finished, that we’re still perfecting this American experiment.
Anthony Romero
An employer verification system must be implemented to ensure jobs are not given to illegal immigrants.
Mitt Romney
Already were seeing graduates of U.S. higher education going back to their home countries and contributing to societies there, where in the past they would have stayed in the U.S. and built new companies here. We have to have immigration reform that allows talented foreigners to become Americans.
David Malpass
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
The U.K. government has been clear that it wants to use the opportunity of leaving the E.U. to design a future immigration system that works in the best interests of the country. A key part of this system must be creating an environment that allows us to achieve sustainable levels of net migration.
Amber Rudd
Immigration has been good for this country; I know the value of it – hopefully I’ve given something back.
Theo Paphitis
The simple truth is that unless you can control immigration you cannot govern because you cannot set a budget or plan public services.
Penny Mordaunt
Border security is a comprehensive issue and doesn’t boil down to a ‘wall’ or even barriers. Trump knows and recognizes this, which is why he repeatedly talks about all of the aspects and challenges federal immigration officers face.
Katie Pavlich
Immigration and travel certainly don’t mean the same thing everywhere. Here in Cuba, the big wall isn’t just the fact that it’s an island, but the fact that we need an exit permit in order to leave, and the letters of invitation in order to visit another country.
Fernando Perez
To suggest that immigration is the exclusive domain of the federal government, disallowing partnerships with local law enforcement, defies the will of Congress, not to mention reality. Numerous local jurisdictions have laws on the books dealing with immigration in a variety of ways.
Asa Hutchinson
The world is dealing with issues of immigration, deindustrialization, and poverty.
Danny Glover
It is common sense that in our immigration courts, where children fleeing devastating violence abroad often find themselves, kids need lawyers to advocate on their behalf. After all, lawyers go to school for years to understand the nuances of our legal system.
Patrick Leahy
I believe we must study which changes must be made now that the immigration system has changed, because we are seeing, I believe, that at this time we are inviting people to come to the U.S. on very dangerous trips.
Marco Rubio
The Republican Party looks at massive immigration, legal and illegal, as a source of cheap labor, satisfying a very important constituency.
Tom Tancredo
Immigration reform doesn’t impact me personally; nothing my foundation works on does. But the truth is I have a long history of ties to Latin America. Some of my best friends are in Latin America.
Howard Graham Buffett
The perception that Donald Trump has softened on immigration or is about to soften on immigration has some on the right concerned that he could lose support among his most loyal base of supporters, though he`d been drawn to his hard-line positions on immigration early in the campaign.
Steve Kornacki
We’re continuing to work to bring immigration down to the tens of thousands.
Theresa May
And the same goes for government benefits. The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that 62 percent of households headed by illegal immigrants use some form of cash or non-cash welfare programs like food stamps or housing assistance. Tremendous costs, by the way, to our country.
Donald Trump
We already have immigration law, and it is being violated. Obama’s executive amnesty is not the settled law. [Barak ] Obama’s executive amnesty is outside the law, and that’s why it’s been stayed.
Rush Limbaugh
Right now, however, we’re in the middle of a jobs crisis, a border crisis and a terrorism crisis like never before. All energies of the federal government and the legislative process must now be focused on immigration security. That is the only conversation we should be having at this time, immigration security.
Donald Trump
The year I married my American husband, I won the lottery – and I tried to give it to somebody else, because I was already approved – not the money lottery, the immigration lottery.
Catherine O’Hara
Hopping the fence or wading the Rio Grande River isn’t part of America’s immigration process.
Ted Nugent
The pope once again ripped – I mean, really ripped – capitalism and Americans’ immigration policy at the Mexican border, before he boarded the plane and returned to Italy.
Rush Limbaugh
[Marco]Rubio comes out. He represents for a short period of time the people of Florida. He has got the worst attendance record in the United States Senate, doesn`t vote. He is weak on, very weak on illegal immigration, totally in favor of amnesty.
Donald Trump
As soon as I enter office I am going to ask Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to begin a comprehensive review of these cases in order to develop a list of regions and countries from which immigration must be suspended until proven and effective vetting mechanisms can be put in place.
Donald Trump
Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ was a story about the fear of immigration; the bad old bloodsucker swooping in from Eastern Europe and also preying upon ‘our’ vulnerable women.
Victor LaValle
The difference between past and present immigration experience is the existence of a defiant anti-assimilationist lobby that encourages legal and illegal aliens to resist adapting to the American way of life.
Michelle Malkin
Before swearing in new citizens, immigration officials check to make sure prospective citizens weren’t on voter rolls or voted before achieving legal citizenship. A citizenship petition can be denied if they were.
Kate Brown
I find that women… deal with immigration differently. And I’m interested in that.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I think the immigration system we have now is terrible for the United States of America. We have a legal immigration system that does not work. It does not reflect the economic needs of this country in the 21st century. It needs to be modernized.
Marco Rubio
Mitt Romney’s primary season embrace of the social and economic agenda of the more rabid elements of his party doomed him, especially the shrill immigration rhetoric and the harshly insensitive theory that no additional sacrifice or contribution should be sought from those at the top.
Eliot Spitzer
[E]very Man who comes among us, and takes up a piece of Land, becomes a Citizen, and by our Constitution has a Voice in Elections, and a share in the Government of the Country.
Benjamin Franklin
I am glad that our country is starting to have a serious conversation about how to repair our broken immigration system – it is long overdue.
Cory Gardner
Immigration and border security are two separate issues, but Paul Ryan has taken the wrong side on both of those, in fact.
Paul Nehlen
Marco Rubio, I think, will be president some day. Whether 2016 is his time, time will tell. He embraced immigration reform. He seems to have backed off. I’ll let him explain why.
Lindsey Graham
My grandmother was not a U.S. citizen. Growing up along the border, you see the real human side of immigration – not the picture often drawn by politicians far removed from the border.
Pete Gallego
The truth is I was Labor’s last immigration minister and you have a right to hear directly from me about what that job involved, the choices that involved and how that lends us to think very carefully when we use words like ‘compassion, [that] we actually know the exact context.
Tony Burke
Isn’t protecting our legal citizens from an invading army of illegal aliens who are using our services and taking our jobs, isn’t that a basic notion of fairness? Isn’t that in the Constitution? Where is the fairness to American citizens here?
Rush Limbaugh
Many of the self-described “political refugees” who come here make stopovers in other countries on their way to the U.S., in places where they would be free to have as many children as they want. But they choose to continue on to the U.S. Why? Because it is more economically attractive.
Ed Koch
The states have never had a voice when it comes to immigration or population policy. I think that needs to change.
Gladys Berejiklian
We should be able to have a conversation about immigration; we should be able to have a conversation about what skills we want to have in the U.K. and whether we need to go out of the U.K. in order to get them to boost our economy, and I don’t think we should have a situation where we can’t talk about it.
Amber Rudd
I do believe there is absolutely space for legitimate debate in a liberal democracy about immigration selection, screening and integration.
Jason Kenney
I think those who say that you can’t tango if you are not Argentine are mistaken. Tango was an immigrant music… so it does not have a nationality. It’s only passport is feeling.
Carlos Gavito
Immigrants do more than help us win our wars, or set up cleaning shops or ethnic restaurants.
Stephen Ambrose
For far too long, the Republican leadership in Congress has refused to act and pass comprehensive reform fixing our broken immigration system. In light of Republican inaction, I strongly support President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
Jan Schakowsky
We’re going to renegotiate our disastrous trade deals and illegal immigration. Stop the massive inflow of refugees.
Donald Trump
As far as wages are concerned, the only difference between immigration and birth is that birth takes longer.
Alex Tabarrok
At almost every step of modern immigration policy and immigration politics, we have exacerbated underlying problems and made things worse.
Beto O’Rourke
Immigration has a huge cost on social programs, and it lowers salaries and drives up unemployment.
Marine Le Pen
Immigration is the most difficult issue I’ve ever dealt with, and I’ve dealt with some tough issues: drones, gays in the military, WikiLeaks, Guantanamo. But immigration is hardest because there are so few people willing to talk and build consensus. Everybody’s firmly made up their mind. It’s a polarized issue.
Jeh Johnson
As a Democrat from Illinois, as a member of Congress who believes in and admires President Obama, it genuinely pains me to say that the facts show that this president has done no more to solve our immigration crisis than George W. Bush.
Luis Gutierrez
As president, I will fight illegal immigration in order to preserve an appropriate level of legal immigration. At the same time, I believe our system of legal immigration needs to be re-examined. As part of this re-examination, I support a modest, temporary reduction in the annual rate of legal immigration.
Bob Dole
It’s because of this massive immigration and more in some places, (that) France’s image has undeniably changed. There are a number of neighborhoods where you are no longer living a French life. That’s undeniable.
Marine Le Pen
The aging and declining population will have far-reaching impacts. Declining fertility rates will possibly increase immigration. The structure of family and society will inevitably change.
Toshihiko Fukui
We feel a pathway to citizenship would reward illegal activity, … Amnesty encourages further illegal immigration.
Elaine Chao
The U.S. immigration laws are bad – really, really bad. I’d say treatment of immigrants is one of the greatest injustices done in our government’s name.
Bill Gates
It’s a significant contribution if we can get immigration reform done.
Julian Castro
If I am elected president we will secure the border and we will end the illegal immigration.
Ted Cruz
Immigration is the most explosive issue I’ve seen in my political career.
Mark McKinnon
We want people to come into our country, but they have to come into our country legally and properly vetted and in a manner that serves the national interest! We`ve been living under outdated immigration rules from decades ago.
Donald Trump
I have fought on the front lines to prevent illegal immigration. I know Donald Trump will stand with me and countless Americans to secure our border.
Joe Arpaio
A broken immigration system means broken families means broken lives. That’s what is at stake.
Jose Antonio Vargas
Only Congress can treat the gaping wound that is our broken immigration system.
Jared Polis
I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigration.
Hillary Clinton
When politicians talk about immigration reform, they usually mean the following, amnesty, open borders, lower wages.
Donald Trump
When it comes to immigration reform, now is the time … I’ve never seen a better political environment … I’m not doing immigration reform to solve the Republican Party’s political problem. I’m trying to save our nation from, I think, a shortage of labor and a catastrophic broken system.
Lindsey Graham
Comprehensive immigration reform would reduce the deficit and help grow the economy.
Scott Peters
What is at risk are the lives of hard-working Salvadoran families. In fact, unchecked violence was one of the main drivers of immigration from this country to the United States.
Nayib Bukele
End illegal immigration.
Donald Trump
We shall experience the final defeat of liberalism not when immigration but when emigration is forbidden
Jo Grimond
The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources–because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples.
Lyndon B. Johnson
We must say no to illegal immigration so we can continue to say yes to legal immigration.
William J. Clinton
Remember that when you say “I will have non of this exile and this stranger for his face is not like my face and his speech is strange,” you have denied America with that word.
Stephen Vincent Benet
I respect those who openly advocate for unlimited immigration to the United States. Open borders is an intellectually coherent, defensible position.
Jan C. Ting
I am thankful that Brooklyn, a community of more than 2.6 million people of which nearly half speak a language other than English at home, stands as a shining example of how immigration and diversity have made us a safer and stronger place to live, work, and experience the American dream.
Eric Adams
It is important that we enact immigration reform.
Susan Collins
We can see that immigration has become favorable terrain for the development of Islamism.
Marion Marechal-Le Pen
Reports by Politico, Bloomberg and other news outlets have raised inconsistencies in Melania Trump’s immigration story.
Audie Cornish
Immigration has been a sensitive and sometimes toxic issue for more than half a century.
Damian Green
If you didn’t have employers able to pay off the books and off the record safely in cash, you wouldn’t have illegal immigration on nearly the scale that we do.
Kenneth Rogoff
Border enforcement coupled with employer sanctions and threatening employers who hire immigration law violators is insufficient.
Jan C. Ting
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
The key that opens that door is proving to the American public that illegal immigration is under control. And at this point, that argument cannot be made because it is not true, it is not under control.
Marco Rubio
There was reference made to our leaders being stupid. It’s not a question of stupidity. It’s that they don’t want to enforce the immigration laws. That there are far too many in the Washington cartel that support amnesty.
Ted Cruz
Sometimes a politician gets up and talks about British values and what we think that means, and we can be knocked down quite harshly, but I don’t think we should be. I think we should be able to talk about British values and about immigration without people saying, ‘Oh, you’re just being like a crazed other party.’
Amber Rudd
The bedrock of this country are immigration and, really, a great separation between church and state.
Shahid Khan
The flow of people into the United States into slavery, it follows the other types of immigration into the United States, so people who are trying to build new lives, trying to build a better life.
Kevin Bales
[We need] to choose immigrants based on merit. Merit, skill, and proficiency. Doesn’t that sound nice? And to establish new immigration controls to boost wages and to ensure that open jobs are offered to American workers first.
Donald Trump
You reduce illegal immigration by making it harder to get jobs here, or easier to get jobs south of the border. This idea that we can’t pass an immigration law until we hit some imaginary security target is just a way to derail reform.
Gail Collins
We have the most generous immigration policy, but what is a concern is when illegal immigrants come and undermine a variety of the systems that work in order to make our society function.
Madeleine Albright
If you look at the polls, for all the talk about immigration and even trade, ObamaCare was an extremely important issue for Trump voters in 2016.
William Kristol
Undoubtedly, there are numerous problems with the immigration system here in The United States.
Corrine Brown
We need a new tax system. We need entitlement reform. We need immigration reform. These are not easy things. But it is going to take our political system working better.
Henry Paulson
The Dream Act will be a nightmare for the American people. No doubt, we need immigration reform, but the Dream Act is written far too broadly, and it will only encourage more illegal immigration, promote chain migration, and will be a magnet for fraud.
Mike Coffman
In reality, if Democrats truly cared about solutions to our immigration crisis they would have done so long ago – like in 2009, when they controlled the entire federal government and maintained a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
Kayleigh McEnany
Kansas and this country have been rewarding illegal immigration for a long time. Here in this state, that’s going to stop the moment I take office.
Kris Kobach
Although it requires some adjustment by those already here, immigration has made the U.S.A. the most prosperous nation on Earth.
Jeff Hawkins
We are a country of immigrants who have built this great nation, but it is legal immigration that we should be recognizing and encouraging.
Mercedes Schlapp
I still am amazed by the reaction I get from people when I tell them that there was zero immigration in this country from 1924 to 1965. And the reason that people don’t know that, A, they just don’t know it, it’s not reported, it’s never been part of history class, history education.
Rush Limbaugh
Tomorrow night President Obama will announce his new immigration plan. Obama’s favorite part of his new immigration plan is that he gets to emigrate to another country. He’s tired of all this.
Conan O’Brien
Let me be clear: we are still a nation of immigrants, and we honor all those immigrants who are working hard to become new citizens.
William J. Clinton
65 immigration acts went through right at the time of the Great Society program. So pre-1970 immigrants – and that’s basically when it kicked in – pre-1970 immigrants, 30% went home. They couldn’t make it.
Ann Coulter
What we did with deeming rules were designed – it was designed to keep costs from coming on to the government that should be borne by families of immigrants who actually have incomes and can afford to pay.
William J. Clinton
I’m a child of immigrants. That is the history of this country. Immigration is good and important for our country. Legal immigration needs to really be modernized.
John Barrasso
Arizona really has been a trailblazer in discouraging illegal immigration.
Kris Kobach
America is White and Black and Latino and Asian. America is mixed. America is immigrants.
Jose Antonio Vargas
Immigration in America is a highly polarized issue and there are passionate views on both sides.
Spencer Bachus
I will continue to enforce all the laws, including illegal immigration. Nothing changes.
Joe Arpaio
There are many domestic issues that give us a lot of common ground to work on. Health, education and immigration are among the areas where we share mutual goals and aspirations. There are also many values that we share as a communities.
Bob Menendez
What I have always thought is that there should be a proper national conversation about what kind of immigration policies we have.
Claire Fox
Business has to stand up on behalf of its employees, on behalf of immigration, on behalf of its customers, and on behalf of supply chain-cum-globalization.
Richard Edelman
If immigration is simply seen as a numbers game, nobody will ever win that debate. The question should be: what is it we want to achieve? What do we expect of those who are arriving? What is the basic deal?
Keir Starmer
Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced he is running for president. Ted Cruz was born in Canada, his father fled to the United States from Cuba, and yet Ted Cruz is against immigration. Isn’t that odd?
David Letterman
Thousands of children entering the country illegally have become the face of the immigration crisis in the U.S.
Mercedes Schlapp
Hillary and I will do immigration enforcement and we’ll vet refugees based on whether they’re dangerous or not. We won’t do it based on discriminating against you from the country you come from or the religion that you practice.
Tim Kaine
Much of what we now consider to be problems concerning immigration and assimilation really concern Mexican immigration and assimilation.
Samuel P. Huntington
Legal immigration is a process. You learn everything about the people coming in. You find out how many of ’em are prone to vote Republican. You don’t ask ’em this; you just learn.
Rush Limbaugh
President Obama’s executive actions on immigration are designed to temporarily address major flaws in our broken immigration system.
Jan Schakowsky
There was a time when my uncle was in an immigration detention center, and members of our community would take turns visiting him each weekend. That instilled in me the value of taking care of each other even if the systems aren’t working in your favor.
Opal Tometi
Behind mass immigration, there is terrorism.
Marine Le Pen
Democrats and Republicans agree on most of a unified, politically viable, and workable immigration reform package. Both parties agree that border security is a key part of any strategy.
Luis Gutierrez
Simply put, President Obama’s immigration strategy is all about politics and getting credit rather than about families and people.
Mark Meadows
Giving tuition breaks to the children of illegal immigrants needs to stop.
Mitt Romney
I think ‘immigration’ is a bad word for many Republicans.
Pete Gallego
Hillary Clinton and I will do immigration enforcement and we’ll vet refugees based on whether they’re dangerous or not, we won’t do it based on discriminating against you from the country you come from or the religion that you come from.
Tim Kaine
Automation has emerged as a bigger threat to American jobs than globalization or immigration combined.
Oren Etzioni
The Left, however, resists anglicizing Spanish terms because its political agenda relies on encouraging illegal immigration from Latin America and discouraging the assimilation of Hispanics into American society.
Michael J. Knowles
Canada has an immigration policy you might want to emulate. They want more skilled and educated immigrants. In fact, that’s all they take. But, see, since nobody’s watching them, and they’re not a superpower, nobody really cares. So they are allowed to act in their best interests.
Rush Limbaugh
Immigration is not just compatible with but is a necessary component of economic growth.
Dave Reichert
I’m the daughter of proud immigrants myself, but it’s clear that successive federal governments have allowed the rate of immigration to NSW to balloon out of control.
Gladys Berejiklian
We need to create a fair immigration process that ensures the wellbeing of all families and prevents the wrong people from coming to this country, that includes reforming ICE and immigration enforcement.
Tina Smith
[Donald] Trump is touching a nerve because people want the wall to be built. They want to see an end to illegal immigration. They want to see it, and we all do. But we all have different ways of getting there.
John Kasich
What we’re concerned about is massive immigration of unskilled workers, mostly from the Maghreb and Africa, which pulls down salaries in France.
Marine Le Pen
The American people don’t trust the Federal Government to enforce our immigration laws, and we will not be able to do anything on immigration until we first prove to the American people that illegal immigration is under control. And we can do that. We know what it takes to do that.
Marco Rubio
Immigration has tremendously changed the fabric of this country. Immigration is what built our NHS, when Britain invited people from the Commonwealth, from nations it had formerly colonized, in order to rebuild this country after the ravages of the Second World War.
Ash Sarkar
Immigration, a lexicon. You’re a ‘migrant’ when you’re very poor; ‘immigrant’ when you’re not so poor; and ‘expat’ when you’re rich.
Laila Lalami
You couldn’t have a more clear choice between Donald Trump and I, who will end illegal immigration in this country, and – and Hillary Clinton, who will pursue more of the same, executive amnesty, open borders, which the American people are sick and tired of.
Mike Pence
Even if we didn’t have a single person in the USA in violation of immigration laws, we’d still have to do immigration reform, because our legal immigration system is broken. It’s not good for anybody.
Marco Rubio
Everyone agrees that our immigration system is broken. Building a wall with Mexico isn’t going to fix it.
Raja Krishnamoorthi
The conventional wisdom is that people come to the United States, and immigration is so great, and they say, ‘America, what a great country.’ And a lot of that is true.
James Gray
The truth is our immigration system is worse than anybody ever realized. But the facts aren’t known because the media won’t report on them. The politicians won’t talk about them and the special interests spend a lot of money trying to cover them up because they are making an absolute fortune. That’s the way it is.
Donald Trump
Everyone has an opinion when it comes to immigration – strong, intense opinions.
Jose Antonio Vargas
Freedom from the E.U. can only be beneficial for our country. We could finally take control of our immigration policies, introduce a fairer system, and keep numbers at a sustainable level that benefits our economy.
Priti Patel
Obama wants to raise the issue of immigration reform so that he can demonize Republicans as anti-Hispanic. That’s why Obama ignores the broad support for an immigration plan that would provide border security once and for all and then deal with the illegal immigrants who live here.
Ben Shapiro
I think [Donald Trump] will do something on immigration.
William Kristol
When we have had in the past programs that have said that the people who come here illegally are going to get to stay illegally for the rest of their life, that’s going to only encourage more people to come here illegally.
Mitt Romney
This is a big world. Billions – rapidly increasing billions – of people live outside our borders. Obviously, a great number of them, being much poorer than they think most of us are, look enviously over those borders and would like, if they could, to come here.
George F. Kennan
On immigration policy, I believe we ought to call an immediate halt, stop illegal immigration and reduce legal immigration back to about 250,000 to 300,000, to more easily assimilate the Americans who’ve come here in the last 30 years.
Pat Buchanan
The inhumane treatment of families turned an immigration issue into an immigration crisis.
Stephanie Ruhle
Toronto is a world-class city. You don’t have a debate here about immigration because you need it to just maintain your pensions: that’s dependent on people coming in to fund that. And again, I don’t want to be controversial, but I think the average education level in Canada is probably higher than in the United States.
Shahid Khan
The immigration issue is, I recognize, one that generates a lot of passion, but it does not make sense for us to want to push talent out.
Barack Obama
Massive immigration brings with it cultures that are sometimes in contradiction with our values.
Marine Le Pen
I think people want immigration reform. I think people want to see a path for citizenship. I don’t think we as a country want to discuss this in the way we do. I don’t think we want to separate families. I don’t think that’s part of our values.
Diane Guerrero
One of the strengths of this country has been our diversity. One of the strengths of this country has been the fact that we are a nation of immigrants.
Christine Todd Whitman
…what threatens us today in the world of computers and other invasions of privacy is not a national ID card but a number of other things.
Paul Simon
What David Duke was preaching to me in 1978 about the Klan and what the Klan wanted to do regarding immigration is the same rhetoric, the same position that Donald J. Trump advocates and ran on and is trying to implement.
Ron Stallworth
There are people with a lot of prejudice, a lot of fear of the unknown. They think that immigration is a danger, when really it is a solution. This is an interesting issue, because it will be a central question of our time.
Mario Vargas Llosa
It is fair to say there are individuals in the United States who ascribe to al-Qaeda-type beliefs.
Janet Napolitano
Any country must establish control over its borders. That is essential to sovereignty and the security of our citizens. But America, at our best, has balanced that political, legal, and social objective with an appreciation for the benefits of immigration and a sense of respect for the dignity of all human beings.
Ben Rhodes
I don’t care if people like Trump or hate him, if they voted for him or not; people just want to have a good time. They don’t want to hear about immigration or whatever on a record or at a show.
Shooter Jennings
A broken immigration system means broken families and broken lives.
Jose Antonio Vargas
In recent days, the media, as it usually does, has missed the whole point on immigration.
Donald Trump
Next, we will create a modern immigration law.
Gerhard Schroder
And you know, it’s not just illegal immigration. Terrorists can come across. They’re devastating our ranchers down in southern Arizona – drop houses, kidnapping, automobile accidents, extortion, drugs, the spill-over with the drug cartels. We’re facing all of it.
Jan Brewer
When it comes to immigration, I think Americans expect that our immigration process is orderly and it is legal.
Barack Obama
Bill Clinton blasted anti-immigration supporters at the National Council of La Raza convention in Los Angeles Saturday. Thousands of Hispanics poured into Los Angeles for the convention. The hot weather in the desert kept the numbers down.
Argus Hamilton
I don’t know why legal immigration even exists anymore when I can just put on some bronzer, get on a dingy boat, and just show up at the beaches of Sicily with the Koran in my hand.
Lauren Southern
When politicians talk about immigration reform, they usually mean the following, amnesty, open borders, lower wages. Immigration reform should mean something else entirely. It should mean improvements to our laws and policies to make life better for American citizens.
Donald Trump
Under President Trump’s leadership, illegal immigration was the lowest it had been in 17 years. The Trump administration achieved this success because they understood the actual problems and addressed them.
Lauren Boebert
We never have been closed to immigration.
Esther McVey
Unfortunately, terror is now linked to immigration, and anyone with dark skin or a beard or a Muslim name is suspect. Russia, France, then the United Kingdom, and now even Germany have no qualms about going far beyond their borders to strike at the enemies of their countries.
P. Chidambaram
Illegal immigration continues to be a major problem in the United States. We have people waiting to come here legally. And we should not be rewarding people who have come here illegally.
John Barrasso
I still passionately support comprehensive immigration reform legislation with a path to full and equal citizenship.
Hillary Clinton
There’s this Tea Party wing, the Republican Party with the Chamber of commerce folks and all of those other people. They are not anti-immigration, by the way.
Julie Roginsky
There is this kind of sense in the immigrant community, first we were going to do immigration reform, but then 9/11 happened.
Luis Gutierrez
Legislation passed in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 enhanced our intelligence capabilities and strengthened our national defense, but until now our nation’s immigration policies have not adapted to the needs of a post-September 11th world.
Chris Chocola
We need comprehensive immigration reform so that we’re not creating this cycle of poverty and depression and everything that comes with separating a family.
Diane Guerrero
The people of Canada do not wish as a result of mass immigration to make a fundamental alteration in the character of our population. Large scale immigration from the Orient would change the fundamental composition of the Canadian population.
William Lyon Mackenzie King
I’ll stand with President Trump and get tough on illegal immigration.
Matt Rosendale
The ongoing migration of persons to the United States in violation of our laws is a serious national problem detrimental to the interests of the United States.
Ronald Reagan
The good news is that we really do think that … on the immigration issue, that we will, before summer, have comprehensive immigration reform.
Nancy Pelosi
Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself, I always take a trip to the U.S. The immigration guys kick the star out of my stardom.
Shahrukh Khan
It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans. America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it.
Eric Hoffer
Immigration has been [Donald] Trump`s signature issue throughout his entire presidential campaign, and his supporters love him for it.
Steve Kornacki
Passing comprehensive immigration reform and making DACA and DAPA permanent will free people from living in the shadows of fear from deportation to be able to pursue higher education, buy homes, start businesses, and expand our economy and strengthen the communities of the 10th district and our nation.
Brad Schneider
It is our hope that in future discussions with the Mexican government, you will encourage Mexico to do its part to address illegal immigration rather than encourage their citizens to illegally enter the U.S.
Elton Gallegly
The power of Political Correctness is demonstrated by the entire political establishment coming to the defense of open immigration from Muslim-majority nations.
Tom Tancredo
You know why you have to give [Donald] Trump credit, whether you don’t like him or not? He opened the door.Now there’s a lot of talk about immigration. That’s good. Nobody wanted to talk about it.
Joe Arpaio
Americans believe in the value of immigration. We are the most generous nation on earth to immigrants, allowing over one million people a year to come here legally.
Marco Rubio
Setting an immigration target reduced to the tens of thousands is one thing when unemployment is running at 8 per cent. Refusing to review it when the country nears full employment and sectors are reporting skills shortages is quite another.
Sajid Javid
There is no quick fix for illegal immigration. But only when we achieve better control of our borders and better respect for our immigration laws can we give meaning to the discussion we need to have over reforming the numbers, categories, and procedures for legal immigration into the United States.
Jan C. Ting
We have farmers in southwestern Yuma, so immigration – they wanted to talk to us about it.
Paul Gosar
My every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families.
Donald Trump
President Trump is enforcing U.S. immigration law, and in doing so, protecting the well-being and in some cases the lives of U.S. citizens.
Kayleigh McEnany
Eh Bien you like this sacred pig of a country?” asked Marco. “Why not? I like it anywhere. It’s all the same, in France you are paid badly and live well; here you are paid well and live badly.
John Dos Passos
America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.
James Madison
I think when Justin Trudeau tweets – and Justin Trudeau tweets just like Donald Trump tweets. He occasionally just tweets things. And when he tweets that we’re welcoming everyone, I mean, we’re not a utopia for immigration as well. I mean, we have all sorts of issues that are very similar to the United States.
Rick Mercer
If the penalty for hiring illegals is just a fine, it becomes a business decision. But if the penalty is jail time, illegal immigration will come to a screeching halt.
Jose Ferreira
Let me state the obvious. Illegal immigration is illegal, duh.
John Kennedy
The biggest problem in Italy is work. And out-of-control immigration damages the labor market because Italians can’t compete with illegal workers who are being exploited. So to restore dignity to work, we must control immigration.
Matteo Salvini
When we think about immigration, we have to understand there are folks all around the world who still see America as the land of promise. And they provide us energy, and they provide us innovation. And they start companies like Intel and Google, and we want to encourage that.
Barack Obama
The U.S. was the immigration country of choice even for alien jellyfish things that turned humans into scary monsters. It made you proud, really.
Gini Koch
I remember my father taking us to meeting with lawyers, interviews with immigration officers, doing everything he could to get us that treasured Green Card – and the happiness, the sense of relief, when he finally did – we knew that we were welcome now, and we would be welcome tomorrow.
Dara Khosrowshahi
In the beginning I had a real work problem. Every time I had job I had to convince the immigration authorities I was the only man for that job and get a special work permit until I went under contract to MGM.
Rod Taylor
It taught the English to speak Spanish and it taught the Spanish to speak English. If we had more songs such as that, it would solve the immigration problem in a hurry. But there can’t be another ‘Feliz Navidad.’
Jose Feliciano
We will break the cycle of amnesty and illegal immigration. There will be no amnesty.
Donald Trump
The underpinning of immigration concerns is xenophobia and racism and nationalism.
David Cross
We do not need an immigration policy that displaces American workers or American students and drives up costs in education.
Paul Nehlen
The Obama administration will continue to fight for a comprehensive immigration solution that includes AgJobs and a stable workforce for our farms.
Tom Vilsack
In offering deals on immigration, infrastructure, and prison reform, President Trump has demonstrated that he is ready for compromise. But will Democrats take up his offer?
Kayleigh McEnany
Significantly opening up immigration to skilled workers solves two problems. The companies could hire the educated workers they need. And those workers would compete with high-income people, driving more income equality.
Alan Greenspan
I did a project on immigration, which is something that has always been close to my heart. For me, immigration was the way to evolve, to make people better.
Agathe Snow
Don’t just talk about Hispanics and say immediately we must have controlled borders. It’s kind of insulting when you think about it. Change the tone would be the first thing. Second, on immigration, I think we need to have a broader approach.
Jeb Bush
We need to enact comprehensive immigration reform, to bring people out of the shadows and empower them to more fully and freely participate in their communities and the economy. And we need to invest in our nation’s deteriorating infrastructure – investments that would create jobs and benefit all sectors of the economy.
Tom Perez
The biggest challenge of public policy is to know when and how the world has changed. We are no longer an empty continent with endless absorptive capacity. We have a cash-wage economy that is having terrible problems finding jobs for its own people. The concern about immigration is not nativism but common sense.
Richard Lamm
In novels and autobiographies, the first positive move that the immigrant makes towards assimilation is to buy himself a suit of city clothes.
Jonathan Raban
We are focusing too much on the problems and forgetting about the opportunities of immigration. Let us learn from our history. Immigration has been great for Australia in the past. I believe it will be great for Australia in the future.
Frank Lowy