Best Quotes About Immigrant

Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. -Jean Rhys

The Democratic Party is the party that opened its arms. We opened them to every nationality, every creed. We opened them to the immigrants. The Democratic Party is the party of the people. -Richard J. Daley

The White House looked into a plan that would allow illegal immigrants to stay in the United States. The plan called for a million Mexicans to marry a million of our ugliest citizens. -Dennis Miller

As you know, I'm an immigrant. I came over here as an immigrant, and what gave me the opportunities, what made me to be here today, is the open arms of Americans. I have been received. I have been adopted by America. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

America is the civilization of people engaged in transforming themselves. In the past, the stars of the performance were the pioneer and the immigrant. Today, it is youth and the Black. -Harold Rosenberg

Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country. -Theodore Roosevelt

The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people. -Noam Chomsky

The American people are not anti-immigrant. We are concerned about the lack of coherence in our immigration policy and enforcement. -Chris Cannon

Israel's capital will never again be a divided city, a city with a wall at its center, a city in which two flags fly. This city, will, in its entirety, absorb immigrants, welcome pilgrims and be the eternal capital of Israel forever. -Yitzhak Shamir

In this room we're all here together, but there's probably a lot of different views, people sitting here thinking, I don't own any slaves, all the slaves are dead. Why am I responsible? My family were immigrants, too. -Johnnie Cochran

Humor has historically been tied to the mores of the day. The Yellow Kid was predicated on what people thought was funny about the immigrant Irish. When you're different in a society, you're funny. -Will Eisner

Now, most of the new immigrants coming to this country are from Asia as opposed to Europe. -Iris Chang

The other aspect of American identity worth focusing on is the concept of America as a nation of immigrants. That certainly is a partial truth. But it is often assumed to be the total truth. -Samuel P. Huntington

Immigrants are people who leave one country, one society, and move to another society. But there has to be a recipient society to which the immigrants move. -Samuel P. Huntington

It was this society and culture that among other things – including economic opportunities here and repression in Europe – attracted subsequent generations of immigrants to this country. -Samuel P. Huntington

Thus, biologically speaking the American people are literally only half an immigrant people. -Samuel P. Huntington

First of all, we haven't always welcomed immigrants. -Samuel P. Huntington

Finally, in my critique of the immigration image of America, it is also important to know that we're not only a nation of immigrants, but we are in some part a nation of emigrants, which often gets neglected. -Samuel P. Huntington

They decided to let immigrants in and I am an immigrant. They gave us a chance to participate in this country's life and I took it. -Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I was born in Montreal in 1939, the second son of poor immigrants. -Sidney Altman

It appears fashionable these days, and almost politically correct, to blame hard-working immigrants, especially those from Mexico and Central America, for the social and economic ills of our state and nation. -Roger Mahony

Most analysts would agree that if all the undocumented immigrants in California were deported in one day, our state would experience a severe economic downturn. This does not even consider the many cultural and spiritual gifts these immigrants bring to our state and nation. -Roger Mahony

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

It is unacceptable that immigrants, including children, are shackled and detained in deplorable conditions. And it is unacceptable that already this year immigrants have died by the dozens in the California desert or in other parts of the Southwest. -Roger Mahony

Our country stands at a critical point in its history. Our heritage as a nation of immigrants is at stake. -Roger Mahony

We should embrace our immigrant roots and recognize that newcomers to our land are not part of the problem, they are part of the solution. -Roger Mahony

Nearly every study shows that competition from cheap foreign labor undercuts the wages of American workers and legal immigrants. -Lamar S. Smith

My father was an immigrant from Russia and my mother was first generation. -Arthur Rock

What motivated me? My mother. My mother was an immigrant woman, a peasant woman, struggled all her life, worked in the garment center. -Al Lewis

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

That should be our test regarding immigrants. Those who come to America to tear it down or live off of others should not be welcomed. -Marvin Olasky

I don't know the right number of immigrants to let in. -Marvin Olasky

My parents regarded school teachers as higher beings, as did many immigrants. -Martin Lewis Perl

The culture is going into a psychological depression. We are concerned about our place in the world, about being competitive: Will my children have as much as I have? Will I ever own my own home? How can I pay for a new car? Are immigrants taking away my white world? -James Hillman

The United States is historically a nation of immigrants. -Charles B. Rangel

The anger that Uncle Junior has comes from my background. My father was the son of an Italian immigrant, and I've seen the fire of the Italian temperament. It can be explosive sometimes in ways that are both funny and tragic. -Dominic Chianese

In fact, allowing immigrants to have licenses actually improves homeland security by allowing our government to track who is in our borders. -Joe Baca

We should be the natural home for the millions of Britons of immigrant origin. But we're not. Because too often we've sounded like people who wish they hadn't come here at all. -Francis Maude

Nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants currently live within our borders. That's 11 million people living in the shadows whom we know next to nothing about. -Steve Israel

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

Only very rarely are foreigners or first-generation immigrants allowed to be nice people in American films. Those with an accent are bad guys. -Max von Sydow

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

My parents came to the United States in the early years of this century as part of a wave of Russian Jewish immigrants seeking freedom and opportunity in the New World. -Daniel Nathans

The attacks on the Paris Metro in the 1990s were committed by members of the local Muslim community, immigrants from the Maghreb region of North Africa. -Otto Schily

I'm very inspired by him-it was my father who taught us that an immigrant must work twice as hard as anybody else, that he must never give up. -Zinedine Zidane

My grandfather was Catholic; my grandmother, Jewish. Crossing over from Bavaria, as immigrants to the United States, the ship started to sink. My grandmother jumped overboard. My grandfather followed, to save this girl he had never met. -Emanuel Celler

We are a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. -Bob Inglis

As the 109th Congress continues to debate legislation that will affect the lives of immigrants, it is important for us to remember that we are a nation of immigrants. -Jose Serrano

We must honor our country's tradition of openness and continue to welcome new immigrants. -Jose Serrano

To the European immigrant – that is, to the aliens who have been converted into Americans by the advantages of American life – the Promise of America has consisted largely in the opportunity which it offered of economic independence and prosperity. -Herbert Croly

Arizona faces unique healthcare challenges including uncompensated care for illegal immigrants, and the large number of Native Americans who live in remote and isolated areas of the state. -Rick Renzi

I for one believe that we absolutely need an improved guest worker program, one that holds immigrants and employers accountable and yet still enables us to get a crop out of the ground in south Georgia. -John Linder

It is simply a fact that the birth rate of our illegal immigrants exceeds that of our legal residents. -John Linder

The voters in my district, and around the country, have demanded that Congress get a hold on the influx of illegal immigrants and tighten the security around our borders. -John Linder

Like other important immigrant communities, the Jewish experience in the United States represents the ideal of freedom and the promise and opportunity of America. -Jan Schakowsky

As a first generation Jewish American, I have witnessed firsthand Jewish immigrants who have come to this Nation in order to create a better life for themselves, their families, and future generations. -Jan Schakowsky

My mother was an immigrant from Lebanon to the United States. She came when she was 18 years old in 1920. -George J. Mitchell

My father was the orphaned son of immigrants to the United States from Ireland. My father never knew his parents. His mother died – we're not sure – either at or shortly after his birth, and he and all of his siblings were placed in orphanages in the Boston area. -George J. Mitchell

In Washington State, the immigrant population has grown by 42 percent in the five years between 2000 and 2005 – which is an increase from 8 percent to 10.6 percent of the overall population – and the jobless rate in the state has hit a 6 year low. -Dave Reichert

It's a project that touched me as an immigrant and as a New Yorker. -Daniel Libeskind

And you have to remember that I came to America as an immigrant. You know, on a ship, through the Statue of Liberty. And I saw that skyline, not just as a representation of steel and concrete and glass, but as really the substance of the American Dream. -Daniel Libeskind

When a law enforcement officer apprehends an illegal immigrant, it makes no sense to simply release that individual who has been breaking our laws with no threat of sanction or penalty. -Bobby Jindal

The recent riots in France demonstrate the problem European countries face where second and third generation immigrants still do not consider themselves French, German, or English. -Bobby Jindal

No country in Europe has a larger proportion of men and women of immigrant descent, mainly from the African continent and mainly Muslim: an estimated six to seven million of them, or more than 10% of the population. -Timothy Garton Ash

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

Births to illegal immigrants now account for nearly one out of every ten births in the United States. -Nathan Deal

Uncertainty and fear and ignorance about immigrants, about people who are different, has a history as old as our Nation. -Luis Gutierrez

Mr. Speaker, our Nation depends on immigrants' labor, and I hope we can create an immigration system as dependable as they are. -Luis Gutierrez

Let me respond with a few points, the first being that all immigrants pay taxes, income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, gasoline taxes, cigarette taxes, every tax when they make a purchase. -Luis Gutierrez

It is not new or unusual for the real Americans, meaning those immigrants who came to America a little bit longer ago, to fear the outsiders, the pretenders, the newcomers. -Luis Gutierrez

Because the truth is, today's immigrants, as they have for generation after generation, work the longest hours at the hardest jobs for the lowest pay, jobs that are just about impossible to fill. -Luis Gutierrez

As far as income tax payments go, sources vary in their accounts, but a range of studies find that immigrants pay between $90 billion and $140 billion in Federal, State, and local taxes. -Luis Gutierrez

Unlicensed illegal immigrants drive on our roads and interstates without insurance, and there is little that our law enforcement officials can do to stop them. -Spencer Bachus

The rapid growth in many of our suburbs has spawned a booming construction industry eager to hire low wage immigrants who gladly fill these jobs, many of them happy to be paid in cash, free of federal and state taxes. -Spencer Bachus

Illegal immigrants are beginning to comprise a black market class of workers in our society, jeopardizing the financial health of companies which play by the rules, while themselves vulnerable to the exploitation by those willing to take advantage of their illegal status. -Spencer Bachus

As the number of available jobs has decreased in border states like Texas, cities halfway across America have begun to see an influx of illegal immigrants in search of employment. -Spencer Bachus

Mum used to hide love letters from my boyfriends and put me down. Now I understand that she was a Polish immigrant forced to settle in Chicago. She was jealous of the freedom life gave me. -Ruby Wax

California has the highest number of illegal immigrants residing in its borders. The estimated number of illegal alien residents in California was about 2.2 million, or nearly 32 percent of the total number of illegal immigrants in the United States. -Gary Miller

An estimated 7 million illegal immigrants were residing in the United States in January 2000. This is double the size of the illegal immigrant population in January 1990 and constitutes 2.5 percent of the total U.S. population of just over 281 million. -Gary Miller

There needs to be more pressure on the Mexican government to stop the drugs and illegal immigrants on their side of the border instead of exporting them to the U.S. -Timothy Murphy

Our border patrol does a great job under these very dangerous conditions. They use very sophisticated equipment, including gamma rays, to detect drugs and illegal immigrants as they enter the U.S. -Timothy Murphy

Amnesty is not the answer as it will only encourage more illegal immigrants to enter. -Timothy Murphy

A system of cameras and censors are used along the border and interior to help detect the movement of illegal immigrants crossing through the dense brush. -Timothy Murphy

Most previous immigrants came to the United States to become Americans, with no intention of returning home. They relinquished their ties with their homeland. English was their key to prosperity, and they worked hard to master it. -John Shadegg

A recent Pew Hispanic survey found that more than 70 percent of illegal immigrants from Mexico are interested in a guest-worker program and then returning home. -John Shadegg

Printing ballots in multiple languages costs millions of dollars every year. It also discourages immigrants from integrating into American society and gaining the benefits that come from speaking English. -Ernest Istook

My father was the son of immigrants, and he grew up bilingual, but English is what my father taught me and what he spoke to me. America's strength is not our diversity; it is our ability to unite around common principles even when we come from different backgrounds. -Ernest Istook

Yes, many immigrants cherish the value of choice and opportunity and the value of education more than 7th or 8th generation Americans. -Malcolm Wallop

The oath of renunciation and allegiance is a solemn vow taken by thousands of immigrants each year to become a United States citizen. The oath is the fundamental statement of allegiance to the United States, and this allegiance is what unites America. -Jim Ryun

The city has become a serious menace to our civilization… It has a peculiar attraction for the immigrant. -Josiah Strong

I'm an immigrant and I've always wanted to write something about America. -Peter Jennings

In becoming an American, from Europe, what one has in common with that other immigrant is contempt for me-it's nothing else but color. -Toni Morrison

America was and is the immigrant's dream. -Don DeLillo

We cannot shun our values as an immigrant nation. This is a wrong path. And while possibly it is a short-term political victory based on division and based on creating a wedge issue that splits people in this country, it is a long-term defeat for this Nation. -Raul Grijalva

Of course, we knew that this meant an attack on the union. The bosses intended gradually to get rid of us, employing in our place child labor and raw immigrant girls who would work for next to nothing. -Rose Schneiderman

I have written about the dispossessed, immigrants, the condition of women who do not enjoy the same legal rights as men, the Palestinians who are deprived of their land and condemned to exile. -Tahar Ben Jelloun

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

In a land of immigrants, one was not an alien but simply the latest arrival. -Rudolf Arnheim

Instead, California is one of only 10 states that provides in-state college and university tuition to illegal immigrants. That's grossly unfair to a legal high school student who moves out of California for a year, then returns to attend college. -Elton Gallegly

In addition, California spends nearly $1 billion a year in Medi-Cal services for an average of 780,000 illegal immigrants a month, over and above emergency health services. -Elton Gallegly

Consular offices make no attempt to determine whether the person obtaining the card is legally in the United States. In fact, the only people who need these cards are illegal immigrants, criminals and terrorists. Consular cards also are easily forged. -Elton Gallegly

Every unskilled illegal immigrant who enters the United States for work drives up healthcare costs for every American. And, every illegal immigrant we turn a blind eye toward weakens the rule of law our country is founded on. -Elton Gallegly

We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. -Elton Gallegly

We must curtail the flow of illegal immigrants across the Mexican border. -Zach Wamp

It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans. America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it. -Eric Hoffer

It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations. -Barack Obama

We immigrants can sometimes sound a little hysterical about this because we come from places that have tried this and we know where it leads. Anybody who's lived in countries with socialized health care knows that it becomes the dominant political issue. -Mark Steyn

I write about things that are important for us as Americans. I'm concerned about al-Qaeda sneaking across the border with the illegal immigrants that are using the coyotes to get across the border. And that's not a Democrat or Republican issue, that's a national security issue. -Brad Thor

Have you ever watched someone become American? Last week, at a national citizenship conference I organize, thirty immigrants from 17 countries swore an oath and became citizens of the United States. It was a stirring experience for the hundreds of people in the room. -Eric Liu

Conservatives forget that citizenship is more than a thing to withhold from immigrants. Progressives forget it's more than a set of rights. -Eric Liu

The Vietnamese and the Republicans are, with an intensity, trying to take this seat from which we have done so much for our community – to take this seat and give it to this Van Tran, who is very anti-immigrant and very anti-Hispanic. -Loretta Sanchez

In Sweden, I went to an English school, where there was a mishmash of people from all over the world. Some were diplomatic kids with a lot of money, some were ghetto kids who came up from the suburbs, and I grew up in between. There's a community of second generation immigrants, and I became part of that because I had an American father. -Joel Kinnaman

We should be the pro-legal immigration party. A party that has a positive platform and agenda on how we can create a legal immigration system that works for immigrants and works for America. -Marco Rubio

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

We certainly employ a lot of immigrants at Fox… and we do not take any consistent anti-immigrant line. -Rupert Murdoch

Whatever country you go to, you need to definitely follow the rules. So I believe it's very important for people, wherever they go, any immigrant should know or should try to learn something about the culture. -David Ortiz

My father was an immigrant from Austria and he became a lawyer and became a judge and I think he was a good judge. -Mickey Kaus

Illegal immigrants are using our resources, taking our jobs, filling our schools, our hospitals and our prisons, and we are paying for it all. -Dan Benishek

I love the new legal immigrants; they want their kids to be safe just like I do. -Lou Barletta

I think my parents were immigrants, you know, so I guess I would be first generation. Growing up in California. -Phillip Lim

I have an immigrant story. Most people come here for economic reasons, or religious reasons, or racial reasons, or gender reasons, or one of those things. I had a good job in Paris, but America was, and still is, the golden fleece. And I've done very well! -Jacques Pepin

There is a mass of immigrants, a million of them without work. We will stop this invasion. -Antonis Samaras

I identify with Superman. I am adopted, I am an only child, and I love the idea that he comes from another world, that he's the ultimate immigrant. He has all these extraordinary powers, and he has a righteousness about him. -Bryan Singer

I think it's an enormous blessing to be the child of an immigrant who fled oppression, because you realize how fragile liberty is and how easily it can be taken away. -Ted Cruz

My dad came from Cuba when he was a teenager not speaking English. And I grew up here speaking Spanglish. That's the world in which I grew up, and that's a world in which a lot of second generation immigrants find themselves. -Ted Cruz

What the president is doing is flooding the job market with illegal immigrants that he is giving temporary work permits to. Not fair. -Jim Sensenbrenner

We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better. -Mitt Romney

The U.S. tries to provide immigrants who grow up here with a world-class education and imbue them with the can-do attitude that has long defined American innovation. -Gary Locke

Why are we outsourcing millions of high-paying jobs to China and India? Why don't we secure the border and stop the country from being flooded with millions of illegal immigrants? These are important questions on the mind of middle class voters all over America. -George Noory

And because he knows that we don't have an ounce of talent to waste, the president took action to lift the shadow of deportation from a generation of young, law-abiding immigrants called dreamers. -Julian Castro

Second-generation Hispanics marry non-Hispanics at a higher rate than second-generation Irish or Italians. Second-generation Hispanics' English language capability rates are higher than previous immigrant groups'. -Jeb Bush

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

It has given me a global vantage point, being the daughter of immigrants from China, who had nothing when they came here. And now I am leading a company. It speaks to something deep in me, the concept that you don't have to start with anything. -Andrea Jung

I always heard that immigrants had a really hard life when they came to America. -Sofia Vergara

I'm here not just as an actress but as a woman, an African-American, a granddaughter of Ellis Island immigrants, a person who could not have afforded college without the help of student loans and as one of millions of volunteers working to re-elect President Obama! -Kerry Washington

If you think the President was right to open the doors of American opportunity to young immigrants brought here as children who want to go to college or serve in the military, you should vote for Barack Obama. -William J. Clinton

If the Republican Party works with the Hispanic community, the immigrant community, they're natural allies. People who came to this country are more freedom-loving and more American than people who just happened to be born here. -Grover Norquist

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

I don't know what it's like in the U.S. but immigrants in the U.K. do the jobs the citizens won't do. -Eddie Izzard

I'm an immigrant kid who came to America from India when I was very young and grew up in New York City with a single mom and really was influenced by all of those immigrant cultures bumping up against each other. -Padma Lakshmi

In Psalm 72, Solomon prays for power and fame but he says the purpose of influence is to speak up for others and one is the immigrant. He doesn't delineate between legal and illegal. -Rick Warren

We should not blur the lines between legal and illegal immigrants. Millions of people around the world have gone through the process to come here legally and they followed the rules that required them to pay a fee, learn English, and learn about American history and government. -Ken Calvert

I came to America, and I made good. It's an old story, but it hasn't been told in a long time. Usually, it's, 'I'm an immigrant, I came here and got persecuted.' My story is I came here, I worked hard, and it worked out all right. So it's still available. -Craig Ferguson

I'm an immigrant myself. It was a tough road to come to America and work. -Pamela Anderson

The North American intellectual tradition began, I maintain, in the encounter of British Romanticism with assertive, pragmatic North American English – the Protestant plain style in both the U.S. and Canada, with its no-nonsense Scottish immigrants. -Camille Paglia

My father was an immigrant who literally walked across Europe to get out of Russia. He fought in World War I. He was wounded in action. My father was a great success even though he never had money. He was a very determined man, a great role model. -Arlen Specter

People have to stop employing illegal immigrants. -Hillary Clinton

Really, the values under which my generation was raised in the '50s were immigrant values even though we weren't immigrants. The greatest thing you could be was a college-educated Negro. -Henry Louis Gates

Both my parents are English and came out to Australia in 1967. I was born the following year. My parents, and immigrants like them, were known as '£10 poms.' Back then, the Australian government was trying to get educated British people and Canadians – to be honest, educated white people – to come and live in Australia. -Hugh Jackman

Australians are coffee snobs. An influx of Italian immigrants after World War II ensured that – we probably had the word 'cappuccino' about 20 years before America. Cafe culture is really big for Aussies. We like to work hard, but we take our leisure time seriously. -Hugh Jackman

I'm from a lower middle class background; all my family were immigrants. -Billy Corgan

We all know the stories about the Human Rights Act… about the illegal immigrant who cannot be deported because, and I am not making this up, he had a pet cat. -Theresa May

We have over 500,000 illegal immigrants living in Arizona. And we simply cannot sustain it. It costs us a tremendous amount of money of course in health care, in education, and then, on top of it all, in incarceration. And the federal government doesn't reimburse us on any of these things. -Jan Brewer

You know, when President Reagan, who was one of my idols, granted amnesty to about three million illegal immigrants it was based on the fact that the borders would be secured. That didn't happen. It didn't happen during the Bush administration. -Jan Brewer

I am an immigrant with a Green Card and, therefore, I am not eligible to vote in a federal election. -David Byrne

My belief in why America has been doing so well up to now is that we have been propelled by our immigrants and our encouragement of technical innovation and, indeed, creativity across the board. -Howard Gardner

I've commissioned an adaptation of 'The Jungle', by Upton Sinclair, a story of a young immigrant from Lithuania to the meat-packing industry of Chicago in 1904, and the rise of the unions in America. -David Schwimmer

The wise decision by President Obama to grant some undocumented immigrants the right to remain in the United States for two years without the threat of deportation is already benefitting the country. -Eliot Spitzer

In 2007, when I was governor of New York, I proposed that our state once again permit undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver's license. To say the proposal lit a firestorm in the political arena is an understatement. -Eliot Spitzer

President Obama is doing the right thing by offering young immigrants, most often in this country through no action of their own, a chance to live and work openly, free from the fear of deportation. -Eliot Spitzer

My grandfather was a Russian-Jewish immigrant who lived in Northern Ireland and apparently when he sang in the synagogue he made everyone cry. -Jessie Ware

If I had the opportunity to speak to a young immigrant girl that just arrived to the U.S. the advice I would have for her would be: ask, speak, search; because there are opportunities out there. And, know that you aren't the only immigrant or the last to come to this country. Many that have come before you have succeeded. It is possible. -Jenni Rivera

I was always kind of a school person – my parents were teachers, and my grandparents were immigrants, so their big thing was, 'Go to college, go to college, go to college.' -Mayim Bialik

I have a lot of rage about things that didn't happen to me, tied up with watching an immigrant, working-class father struggle to make his way through the world – and seeing how society was modeled to keep him in his place. -Dennis Lehane

All art comes from other art, and all immigrants come from other places. -Jerry Saltz

I do not support driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. -Brian Sandoval

With the Lincoln assassination, the South didn't feel it could mourn along with the North. But Garfield was beloved by all the American people. He was trusted and respected by North and South, by freed slaves and former slave owners. Also by pioneers, which his parents had been, and by immigrants. -Candice Millard

I don't think France is a racist country, I really don't, but we do still have many problems with our immigrant past, and there's a shame that goes with that, that works both ways, in the host and in the post-immigrant generation. -Vincent Cassel

I never did very well as an immigrant. I've lived in several countries and been a disaster everywhere. -Aravind Adiga

Toronto is a very multicultural city, a place of immigrants, like my parents. -Melanie Fiona

There is an insuperable problem about introducing immigrants to British values. There are no British values. Nor are there any Serbian or Peruvian values. No nation has a monopoly on fairness and decency, justice and humanity. -Terry Eagleton

I think we've learned that the S.B.A. plays a critical role in providing access and opportunity when the market is not providing that access. We help banks get that money out into the hands of important and viable businesses, particularly those owned by minorities, women, immigrants and veterans. -Karen Mills

At times in the past, the U.S. did not restrict the number of immigrants. -Jeff Hawkins

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

My parents are European immigrants. And I think as Europeans there are so many languages in close proximity that it's part of the culture to try to learn at least one other language. So my parents really encourage it in the house. Chinese would be really great to learn – like Mandarin or Cantonese. Portuguese would be incredible. -Stana Katic

My parents were European immigrants. They came to the States with $1,500, two suitcases, and me, and they managed to build a business, a family, and a future for their family. They didn't have any of the resources of people who have lived here for two or three generations. -Stana Katic

I'm a daughter of the middle class with a strong sense of social mobility and individualism, like the waves of immigrants, like my Spanish grandparents, who made Argentina. -Cristina Kirchner

I part of this great nation because my grandfather was born here, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He took a horse, back in 1895, and ride it all the way down to Guanajuato, looking for his American dream. No penny in his pocket, only dreams in his head. And he was an immigrant coming from the States into Mexico. And he found his American dream in Mexico. -Vicente Fox

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

Many immigrants do not talk about what they endured back home. They were fleeing that world, and when they left they didn't want to talk about it because there had been pain and heartbreak under the caste system of the South. They didn't want to burden their children with what they had endured. -Isabel Wilkerson

The United States is locked in a new arms race for that most precious resource – the future entrepreneurs upon whom economic growth depends. Substantial research shows that immigrants play a key role in American job creation. -Eric Ries

My mother took care of us until my father scrammed, and then she ended up working in the small-factory sector of New Jersey with a lot of other immigrants. -Junot Diaz

I'm an immigrant and I will stay an immigrant forever. -Junot Diaz

Every single immigrant we have, undocumented or documented, is a future American. That's just the truth of it. -Junot Diaz

I'm one of those apocalyptics. From the start of my immigrant days, I've been fascinated by end-of-the-world stories, by outbreak narratives, and always wanted to set a world-ender on Hispaniola. -Junot Diaz

The Caribbean is such an apocalyptic place, whether it's the decimation of the indigenous populations by the Europeans, whether it's the importation of slaves and their subsequent being worked to death by the millions in many ways, whether it's the immigrant processes which began for many people, new worlds ending their old ones. -Junot Diaz

Women are the majority of immigrants yet the minority of immigrant employment visas; immigrant and native born women who work in the service arena – such as domestic workers – are not valued for their work, making pennies on the dollar compared to male counterparts; and, women are disproportionately affected by family reunification policies. -Christine Pelosi

If we say we believe in equality for all then we must fight for equality for all, not betray our immigrant sisters. -Christine Pelosi

The factual reality is that the vast majority of immigrants – legal and illegal – contribute more to this country than they take out in social services. -Juan Williams

For the first time since 2007 there is political momentum behind fixing the immigration system. President Obama in his State of the Union speech reached out to the right-wing by saying illegal immigrants seeking citizenship will have to pay taxes, learn English and get in line behind people who are trying to enter the United States legally. -Juan Williams

There's no neutral language about travel. Either travel is described in ways that make it sound kind of shallow or just glossy or silly or a way for rich people to spend their time; or else travel is often described in quite derogatory ways, you know, like immigrants swarming across borders, for instance. -Emma Donoghue

I am in favour of the notion of Australia as an immigrant society. -Tony Abbott

I saw an opportunity to use a restaurant to identify a lot of my issues and concerns with being an immigrant in America, and Asian in America, and a young person in America. -Eddie Huang

Conservatives aren't anti-immigrant – conservatives are pro-legal immigration. -Marco Rubio

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

We need to remain a nation that doesn't just welcome but that celebrates legal immigrants who come here seeking to pursue the American Dream. -Ted Cruz

We must always embrace individual liberty and enforce the constitutional rights of all Americans-rich and poor, immigrant and native, black and white. -Rand Paul

I'm the daughter of two Indian immigrant doctors, and I have an older sister and younger brother, and none of us have pursued medicine as a career. We're all over the artistic side of things. -Aarti Mann

I see the American experience as being defined by the immigrant paradigm of rupture and renewal: rupture with the old world, the old ways, and renewal of the self in a bright but difficult New World. -Ayad Akhtar

Not a single illegal immigrant should or need enter the United States, not one. Contrary to the common wisdom, the borders are easy to seal, and controlling entry is hardly totalitarian. -Mark Helprin

Of course, everyone in the New World is an immigrant or a descendant of immigrants, and immigrants have built America and continue to do so. Legal or illegal, they are almost universally good people who work to better their lot and that of their children. -Mark Helprin

To assert, as some have, that illegal immigrants do not depress wages because they do the jobs Americans refuse is the kind of nonsense economists speak when they strain to be counterintuitive. It is similar to saying that cheap imports do not hold down prices. -Mark Helprin

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

Lucy Mercedes Martinez, my mother, was probably my first mentor. She really tried to take care of me in spite of myself, and in spite of her own struggles with alcohol. She was an immigrant who had never finished school. But she was also a Renaissance woman who read voraciously. She spoke several languages. -Richard Carmona

Tough times have always lent themselves to nativist sentiments and closed-door policies. But in the case of highly skilled immigrants, these policies are a recipe for stagnation. -James Surowiecki

American high school culture was impenetrable to me, and very cliquey: you had the Hispanics, the African Americans, the surfer guys and the goths and the immigrants. The jocks and the surfers got the girls. By the time I'd got to grips with it, I'd graduated. -Khaled Hosseini

Nationalist, anti-European, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim public political figures, seem a worrying picture of a possible European future. We could still fall back into pre-Europe… and it worries me. -Tony Judt

America was first colonized by Puritans. Most of our earliest immigrants, and many since, have come here in order to practice their religious beliefs as they please. Our culture has always been, and will most likely always be, profoundly influenced by religion. -James Frey

I'm a huge supporter of animal rights – and I've been an outspoken critic of the cruelties routinely inflicted on livestock at factory farms. But it really bothers me that the mistreatment of pigs and chickens and cows seems to attract a lot more attention and spark a lot more outrage than the abuse of immigrant workers. -Eric Schlosser

I was the one that in a very overconfident immigrant way thought I knew exactly how to raise my kids. My husband was much more typical. He had a lot of anxiety; he didn't think he knew all the right choices. And, I was the one willing to put in the hours. -Amy Chua

I was raised by extremely strict – but also extremely loving – Chinese immigrant parents, and I had the most wonderful childhood! I remember laughing constantly with my parents – my dad is a real character and very funny. I certainly did wish they allowed to me do more things! -Amy Chua

Once you get to the Enlightenment, the way that powers get to be hyperpowers isn't just by conquest. It's through commerce and innovation. Societies like the Dutch Republic and the United States used tolerance to become a magnet for enterprising immigrants. -Amy Chua

I think the biggest difference is that I've noticed Western parents seem much more concerned about their children's psyches, their self-esteem, whereas tough immigrant parents assume strength rather than fragility in their children and therefore behave completely differently. -Amy Chua

I saw my parents come over. They were immigrants, they had no money. My dad wore the same pair of shoes, I had some ugly clothes growing up, and I never had any privileges. In some ways, I think the person that I am now, I think it's good that I had that kind of tough upbringing. -Amy Chua

I was raised, myself, by extremely strict but also extremely loving Chinese immigrant parents. To this day, I believe that their having high expectations for me, coupled with love, was the greatest gift that anyone's ever given me. And so that's why, even though my husband is not Chinese, I try to raise my own two daughters the same way. -Amy Chua

China cannot pull in the best and brightest from all over the world. It's an ethnically defined nation, the opposite of an immigrant nation. You don't see a lot of American engineers trying to be Chinese citizens. -Amy Chua

For the undocumented immigrants, the big priority is just to get out from the shadows, be able to get a driver's license, buy an airplane ticket and stop worrying about sudden deportation. But for the country as a whole, it's crucial that everybody have a citizen's stake in the nation's welfare. -Gail Collins

I used to have a sort of soft spot for Huckabee. He seemed to have a genuinely saintly streak, which caused him to defend illegal immigrants and give pardons to criminals who were perhaps a little less rehabilitated than he had imagined. -Gail Collins

The library helps lower- and middle-income people – immigrants – get their shot at the American dream. -Stephen A. Schwarzman

It's true that immigrant novels have to do with people going from one country to another, but there isn't a single novel that doesn't travel from one place to another, emotionally or locally. -Oscar Hijuelos

There are many Sheriff Arpaios. People who have taken to local city, county, and state governments across the county the idea that immigrants are the problem. That immigrants are to blame. -Zack de la Rocha

Every country in Europe needs immigrants for its economic survival. -Tariq Ramadan

We focus so much on how immigrants can change America that we forget that America has always changed immigrants even more. -Marco Rubio

My grandfather was from outside of Moscow, and my grandmother, although some of her family were French, was from Odessa. They met as immigrants in New York in the early '20s. My mother's family came over from Ireland generations ago. -Alexis Denisof

As writers, we don't just need to write about poverty or war or the immigrant experience. -Jennifer Gilmore

I come from an immigrant culture. I'm only a couple of generations away from having been a servant girl myself. -Caitlin Flanagan

I'm a full-blooded Mexican. My mother was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and my father – the son of Mexican immigrants – was born near Fresno, California. -Michael Trevino

One of the great pluses of being an immigrant is you get to start again in terms of your identity. You get to shed the narratives which cling to you. -Joseph O'Neill

A lot of Broadway has that immigrant narrative of America as a place where you can become something else against all odds. -Deborah Kass

I think of Superman as the ultimate vanilla hero. He's this perfect refugee, this perfect immigrant from another planet who embodies the American dream. -Antje Traue

I was surprised how relevant the Moses story was to contemporary American debates – from our ongoing debate about values, to our role as champions of freedom, to our place as a country that welcome immigrants. -Bruce Feiler

If you got up this morning and had fruits for breakfast, it was probably picked by the bent back of an immigrant worker. If you slept in a hotel or motel of the nation, you probably had your room done by an immigrant worker. -Bob Menendez

My father left Nazi Germany a year after Dr. Kissinger, and so in my household he was very much an icon. He was a kind of immigrant success story, a refugee success story. -Eugene Jarecki

To say that Reagan teaches us that we should be against amnesty for illegal immigrants is to contradict what Reagan himself stood for – that he was in favor of amnesty. -Eugene Jarecki

I remember my own life as a small boy, son of Jewish immigrants, in a janitor's flat on Orchard and Stanton streets on the Lower East Side of New York City. My father made pants and doubled as janitor of a tenement – before he made janitoring at $30 a month, plus rooms, a career. -Jacob K. Javits

Considering our history, I can think of nothing more American than an immigrant. -Conor Oberst

Men and women are immigrants in each other's worlds. -Yakov Smirnoff

Beginning with a trip out to Ellis Island, I saw for myself where thousands of European immigrants took their first steps onto American soil, bringing with them nothing but their ambition: people such as Erich von Stroheim and Adolph Zukor. -Paul Merton

I understood from a very young age that school was important and that my parents were making great sacrifices for me. Every morning I saw my father get up and go to a job that he didn't really like. They came to France for the same reasons all immigrants move to another country – so their kids could have a better way of life. -Omar Sy

America is this incredible mosaic of immigrants, so people really want to be anchored in some kind of culture as well as the one they are living in. -Dylan Moran

'Lollipop Opera' is the backdrop to Finsbury Park. A place that is very thriving, interracial and lot of music stores, Greek, Turkish, all sorts of immigrant music. It's utter Englishness. It blends the Jamaicans, the Irish. It's like what Jim Reeves did with American country music. -John Lydon

As an immigrant, I appreciate, far more than the average American, the liberties we have in this country. Silence is a big enemy of morality. I don't want our blunders in history to get repeated. -Gloria Estefan

Because women have been marginalised, they're more likely to behave like immigrants and continue to push themselves forward in order to avoid falling through the cracks, but I don't think a happy ending comes from matriarchy. -Hanna Rosin

So, where are the robots? We've been told for 40 years already that they're coming soon. Very soon they'll be doing everything for us. They'll be cooking, cleaning, buying things, shopping, building. But they aren't here. Meanwhile, we have illegal immigrants doing all the work, but we don't have any robots. -Hod Lipson

America is a nation of immigrants, but it is also a nation of people who never emigrate. Notably, Americans living outside the United States are not called emigrants, but 'expats.' -Ivan Krastev

I came from a traditional immigrant family where education meant there were only a few valid paths: doctor or lawyer – and I didn't want to be either one. -Suheir Hammad

My childhood growing up in that part of Glasgow always sounds like some kind of sub-Catherine Cookson novel of earthy working-class immigrant life, which to some extent it was, but it wasn't really as colourful that. -Peter Capaldi

I think it's really important to realize that small businesses are often the portal for immigrants into the New York City economy. I think we have something like 40,000 small businesses that are immigrant-run in New York. -Christine Quinn

I think it's really important to realize that small businesses are often the portal for immigrants into the New York City economy. -Christine Quinn

My first 'Daily Show' piece was pretending I had this terrible immigrant journey, so I went to talk to an immigration lawyer who would help out people, and I ran into him in Penn Station about three months after I'd gotten the green card. I said, 'I got my green card yesterday.' And he hugged me because he understood that level of relief. -John Oliver

I'm born and raised in the Northeast. My parents are Irish immigrants. So our tendency is to shy away from the big yellow ball that comes up in the sky every once in a while. -Denis Leary

American literature has always been immigrant. -Salman Rushdie

We need to build bridges between the LGBT community and the larger immigrant community. In the end, the bigger the tent we build, the more successful we'll be. -Luis Gutierrez

We need to decouple the movement for comprehensive immigration reform and justice for immigrants from the legislative process and from the Democratic Party process. They are too linked. -Luis Gutierrez

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

I don't know if it's because my father's from Argentina, that I'm the son of an immigrant, I don't know if its because I'm Jewish, but I have always been mindful that the best insights occur when you have some kind of an outsider perspective. -Mark Leibovich

Every single immigrant is part of a larger history that needs to be communicated in all its ambivalences and complexities. -Jim Goldberg

I come from a part of New York that was almost entirely immigrants. I was born in America, but all of my friends' parents, everybody's parents, including my own, had come to America from Europe. -Christopher Walken

As minorities and other immigrant groups become more important to our economy, the inner city is a crucible that gives us an early look at phenomena that are going to be spreading more broadly in the economy over time. -Michael Porter

My folks came to U.S. as immigrants, aliens, and became citizens. I was born in Boston, a citizen, went to Hollywood and became an alien. -Leonard Nimoy

When Superman was originally created, by Siegel and Shuster, they were two Jewish immigrants that were desperately trying to assimilate into America. They were having a hard time because they were Jewish. They wanted to get in to mainstream publishing but they couldn't. That's why they, and a lot of Jewish guys, went into comic books. -David S. Goyer

America is the only developed nation that has a 2,000-mile border with a developing nation, and the government's refusal to control that border is why there are an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants in Arizona and why the nation, sensibly insisting on first things first, resists 'comprehensive' immigration reform. -George Will

Arizonans should not be judged disdainfully and from a distance by people whose closest contacts with Hispanics are with fine men and women who trim their lawns and put plates in front of them at restaurants, not with illegal immigrants passing through their backyards at 3 A.M. -George Will

'The Accursed' is very much a novel about social injustice as the consequence of the terrible, tragic division of classes – the exploitation not only of poor and immigrant workers but of their young children in factories and mills – and as the consequence of race hatred in the aftermath of the Civil War and the freeing of the slaves. -Joyce Carol Oates

America offers the most amount of people the best opportunity to pursue happiness on the planet. That's why millions of illegal immigrants have poured into the country – most of them poor. They believe they have a shot to improve themselves economically. -Bill O'Reilly

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

In Holland I have seen well-meaning, principled people blinded by multiculturalism, overwhelmed by the imperative to be sensitive and respectful of immigrant culture, while ignoring criminal abuse of women and girls. -Ayaan Hirsi Ali

It was my father who taught us that an immigrant must work twice as hard as anybody else, that he must never give up. -Zinedine Zidane

I came from an intellectual family. Most were doctors, preachers, teachers, businessmen. My grandfather was a small businessman. His father was an abolitionist doctor, and his father was an immigrant from Germany. -Pete Seeger

I have been a foreigner all my life, first as a daughter of diplomats, then as a political refugee and now as an immigrant in the U.S. I have had to leave everything behind and start anew several times, and I have lost most of my extended family. -Isabel Allende

To be the child of immigrants from Eastern Europe is in itself a special kind of experience; and an important one to an author. He has heard two languages through childhood, the one spoken with ease at home, and the other spoken with ease in the streets and at school, but spoken poorly at home. -Delmore Schwartz

My dad was an immigrant kid and a Democrat and a Jew, and we didn't know any Republicans in our group. So I grew up Democratic. My dad was a labor lawyer – a very hardworking guy, a one-horse labor lawyer – and then I went to hippie college and lived in the bubble. -David Mamet

I don't think immigrants are that threatening to society at all. They're just happy they've survived some war somewhere. -M.I.A.

My grandfather worked in a shoe factory – he was an Italian immigrant. My father was the first to go to college in the family. -Camille Paglia

I want people to understand my journey and to be inspired by that. You can be an immigrant, and if you work really hard, you can have your own restaurant. -Marcus Samuelsson

I haven't written about an immigrant experience because I haven't experienced that before and am focused on existential themes. -Tao Lin

My mother is an immigrant from China, and she filled my head with stories about ghosts and fighting monks in China, so the world of 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' was a very familiar one. -Tess Gerritsen

Arranged marriages are big business in the U.K. Second- and third-generation immigrant families, with no extended family structure, limited networks and religious restrictions on acceptable ways to meet future spouses, are turning to external matchmakers for help. -Jemima Khan

People who say that there's a vote within the Republican Party that moves against immigrants is just factually not accurate. -Grover Norquist

It is wrong to divide the nation white against black, native born against immigrant or one religion against another. It is also wrong to divide people by income. East Germany was not an improvement over South Africa. Obama divides Americans against each other. This is wrong. -Grover Norquist

I think we're very uptight in America. You have to remember that we're descended from Puritans. Whether or not the country is now composed of immigrants, our culture as American really begins with the landing of the Pilgrims and a puritanical view of things. -Tom Ford

As a child, I grew up the son of German immigrant parents, so I grew up being teased and called 'Fritz' at school. When I married my wife and went to live in Vienna, I was teased for being a Brit. -Peter Morgan

There are a lot of things that immigrants, especially Chinese-Americans, want to share with their children, but there are a lot of things they don't want to share. -Anchee Min

Hiring foreigners is more expensive and more difficult than hiring locals, because of the visa fees and long lead times for visa processing. And companies face a backlash by anti-immigrant groups for hiring foreigners. So they do it only because they have to. -Vivek Wadhwa

A lot of what I experienced growing up in the U.S.S.R. and coming to the U.S. as an immigrant actually reflects itself in Whatsapp. Experiences from our youth shape what we do later in life. -Jan Koum

Our young immigrants have a lot to offer. They are motivated and hard-working, and in many cases have already contributed significantly to our society – by excelling in school, by volunteering in their communities, or by serving in the military. -Gerald Chertavian

I am a legal immigrant whose parents went from Russia to China to Chile to finally reach the United States and thereby give me a chance to have a better life. I served six years in the U.S. Army Reserve, went to college, have a successful career and have dedicated my life to being a good citizen. -Mike Medavoy

Why do elites hate the poor? It's xenophobia. They don't know any poor people – except their off-the-books Brazilian nanny and illegal immigrant cleaning lady from Upper Revolta who don't speak English. -P. J. O'Rourke

President Bush said that if illegal immigrants want citizenship, they'd have to do three things: pay taxes, hold meaningful jobs, and learn English. Bush doesn't meet those qualifications. -P. J. O'Rourke

My mum thought my TV and film addiction was laziness. If you're an immigrant, you know you'll never be an accepted part of society, but you hope your children will be, and you try to make them essential to the community in a practical way – being a doctor or a lawyer. Acting was beyond their comprehension. -Sanjeev Bhaskar

The journey from employee to entrepreneur was a complex and taxing one for an immigrant like me. -Ruchi Sanghvi

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

My parents were, had a marriage of passion, and the passion was about their religious beliefs. They were both immigrant families that – well, my father's family came as Puritans to Massachusetts. -Phil Jackson

I really feel that my life story is a continuation of the Great American Dream – the immigrant who comes to this country and is allowed to excel. How many other countries would let me do that? -Friedrich St. Florian

The immigrant experience in 'Ilustrado' was only a small part of what I intended to be a broader look at the Filipino experience, even if that broader look was itself merely a specific perspective. -Miguel Syjuco

When I think of my work, I'm aware that I'm American and African at all points and times. And without a doubt, my experience and understanding of America was shaped by having immigrant parents. -Dinaw Mengestu

Personally, it's a comfort and happiness to know that my work is taken seriously and is not marginalised and put in a box of ethnic immigrant writing in America. -Dinaw Mengestu

I'm an immigrant writer, or an African writer, or an Ethiopian-American writer, and occasionally an American writer according to the whims and needs of my interpreters. -Dinaw Mengestu

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, the color of my skin and my rather peculiar background as an Ethiopian immigrant delineated the border of my life and friendships. I learned quickly how to stand alone. -Dinaw Mengestu

I had immigrant grandparents who came to this country and came for religious freedom and loved it, never made any money, Bronx, Brooklyn, but loved America. And they told me every day it's the greatest country in the world. -Dan Rosensweig

In various fields, such as science, technology, sports, business and the arts, immigrants enrich our culture every single day. -Charles B. Rangel

America was born as a nation of immigrants who have always contributed to its greatness. -Charles B. Rangel

I'm for the DREAM Act. It makes so much sense. Following the implementation of the DREAM Act, we'll have a case study we can point to where we can say that we provided a path to citizenship or legal involvement in the community for these young immigrants, and the sky didn't fall. -Beto O'Rourke

Our nation is built upon a history of immigration, dating back to our first pioneers, the Pilgrims. For more than three centuries, we have welcomed generations of immigrants to our melting pot of hyphenated America: British-Americans; Italian-Americans; Irish-Americans; Jewish-Americans; Mexican-Americans; Chinese-Americans; Indian-Americans. -Ami Bera

I hope I'll have the opportunity to debate how we reform and update our immigration system. I will relate my own story and that of the countless immigrants whose American Dream stories have helped build our country into the greatest nation in the world. -Ami Bera

I think immigrants, when they're stressed, think that there's something wrong with America, when it's really just difficult to leave a country and all that you know. -Akhil Sharma

We are all human beings, immigrant or non-immigrant. We all feel fear. We all love and become confused when we don't act as well as we would like to. We all get depressed and have feelings of uselessness. All of these things are true and have always been true. -Akhil Sharma

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

Do all children have some inherent right to live in America if they have done nothing wrong? If not, then why should the children of illegal immigrants have such a right? -Thomas Sowell

It is actually costlier to hire an immigrant. And yet the farm worker is almost invariably an immigrant. You can't pay an American to pick blueberries. -Trey Gowdy

My parents, Romanian immigrants, struggled to provide me a better life than the ones they had left in their homeland. They worked hard to give me every opportunity in life, and once I showed natural talent as a young gymnast, they spent every last penny on my training. -Dominique Moceanu

My name, my origins, my background and my experiences are what leveraged my success. The angle of the immigrant, through which I examined the reality in France, distinguished me. -Gad Elmaleh

Both my parents are immigrants. I've seen different struggles they've had. There's a reason you don't see me using accents. I don't do impressions of my folks. When I'm doing a crappy impression of my folks, and you're laughing, I'm thinking, 'When my parents talk to people, when they walk away do people do impressions of them? Do they laugh?' -Hari Kondabolu

Even though I went to Exeter and Yale, and I enjoyed all the trappings of those places, I think at the same time – and maybe it's because I'm an immigrant kid and not white – there was always this other consciousness; that is, I was conscious of everything that was going on. -Chang-Rae Lee

Vice President Joe Biden believes that illegal immigrants are citizens. Obama believes that some Americans who join Islamist groups are citizens, while others are not. Who is an American? Whomever the executive branch deems an American. Who isn't? It depends on whether Obama ate his Wheaties or not. -Ben Shapiro

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

My foundation now has some 120 football pitches laid out for children, a lot of them immigrants. We live in a multicultural society. -Johan Cruyff

Ajax is a multicultural club, and we have found that many talented immigrant players quit when they reach puberty. So we wanted to tackle this problem with someone from the same background who had come through it. And that was Edgar Davids. During one of our fights, I pointed that out to him. But it had nothing to do with his skin colour. -Johan Cruyff

The goal of immigration policy should be what is in the best interests of the American people as a whole. I would recommend limiting immigration to spouses and minor children of citizens, plus additional immigrants chosen for special skills needed in the U.S. -Jan C. Ting

Both my parents were immigrants, as were many of their friends, the parents of the children with whom I grew up. Of course I respect and admire immigrants and their undeniable contributions to America, as we all should. -Jan C. Ting

We should favor young immigrants with many years of work ahead of them. We should favor immigrants who have demonstrated an ability to learn and work using English, which makes their future success more likely. -Jan C. Ting

If cheap immigrant labor is made unavailable, employers can hire Americans at a higher wage, or replace low-wage immigrant workers with technology and automation, which will create a smaller number of skilled jobs for Americans. -Jan C. Ting

I personally believe that a democratic society is morally entitled to set and enforce a limit on the number of new immigrants admitted each year. -Jan C. Ting

The DREAM Act was intended to benefit illegal immigrants who were brought here as children, the most sympathetic subset among our large illegal immigrant population. -Jan C. Ting

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

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

Learning to distinguish the illegal immigrant from the legal immigrant does not solve the problem of illegal immigration. -Jan C. Ting

All Americans are either immigrants or descendants of ancestors who came from somewhere else, including Native Americans. We should all respect and admire immigrants. -Jan C. Ting

We can't deny the financial toll illegal immigrants take on our communities. -Dick Mountjoy

I'm half-Armenian. Even though my grandparents did not discuss the genocide, and my father – like many sons and daughters of immigrants – wanted to be as 'American' as possible, I was always aware of it. How could I not be? -Chris Bohjalian

In the fall of 1978, I left the religious, conservative, biracial, slow-paced culture of South Carolina for the secular, liberal, multi-ethnic, intense culture of Princeton University. Like most immigrants, I was looking for a better life in a place I only half understood. -Virginia Postrel

We are indeed a nation of immigrants. People who choose to come to America have always been one of our greatest sources of national vitality. They keep our economy strong and our communities dynamic. They are some of our greatest patriots. -Tom Perez

Here in Spain, there are Argentine Jews, children and grandchildren of immigrants of Jews who fled Germany or Austria in the thirties, and in the seventies during the dictatorship, they had to go into exile again. -Antonio Munoz Molina

When your parents are Middle Eastern immigrants, you have three choices. You can become a doctor, a lawyer or an engineer. -Michael Mina

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

As immigrants, we understand better than most that to be an American is a privilege that conveys not just rights but responsibilities. -Jose Andres

I'm a different immigrant. My life is so lucky compared to so many. -Jose Andres

I am the daughter of Nigerian immigrants. My mother is a survivor of both polio and of the Igbo genocide during her country's civil war in the late 1960s. -Uzo Aduba

As the daughter of immigrants, growing up in New York City, you are either at the table or on the menu. -Grace Meng

When people see Barack Obama, they don't necessarily see an African-American president. They see someone who is a child of immigrants. They see someone whose family has worked hard and struggled. And they see many similarities between themselves and Barack Obama. -Grace Meng

It's happening: Lou Dobbs' dream come true and Silicon Valley's worst nightmare. We're already seeing the reverse brain drain as smart immigrants take their U.S. educations and experience building companies and creating technology back to their home countries. -Sarah Lacy

The roots of Silicon Valley are full of stories of immigrants and minority groups who experienced bigotry and made it anyway. Why should women be any different? -Sarah Lacy

I was the daughter of an immigrant, raised to feel that I needed to get excellent, flawless grades and a full scholarship and a graduate degree and a good job – all the stepping stones to conventional success. -Susan Choi

All three of the great waves of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century European immigrants to America innovated. -Malcolm Gladwell

There are still states that have not evolved so much as California, that still skimp on recognition and, even worse, the rights of immigrants. -Enrique Pena Nieto

More than 1 million U.S. citizens live in Mexico, and my country remains the largest source of immigrants to the United States. -Enrique Pena Nieto

The American story is a story of immigration. I would be the last person who would say immigrants are not important to America. -Phil Gramm

My parents were born and brought up in New York City. My father was trained as an electrical engineer, and my mother was an elementary school teacher. They were the children of Jewish immigrants who had come to the United States from England and Lithuania in the late 1800s. -David Lee

I grew up in northwest London on a council estate. My parents are Irish immigrants who came over here when they were very young and worked in menial jobs all their lives, and I'm one of many siblings. -Amanda Hale

My grandfather was an illegal immigrant for the 60 or so years he was in the United States. I had another great-great-grandmother on my mom's side who snuck in in a suitcase. -James Altucher

In my town, and especially in my area, there were people from everywhere: Algerians, Senegalese, French people, Asians, all kinds of immigrants and natives, and everyone circulated. -Tahar Rahim

It always trips me out that America, the most powerful and magnificent nation in the history of the world, whose might was built by immigrants from all over the world, only speaks one language. -Cheech Marin

At the end of the day, it not only doesn't make logical sense to deny licenses to undocumented immigrants, it doesn't make financial sense. -Cheech Marin

Once you are an immigrant, you never forget that you are one. -Jorge Ramos

Way too many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker. -Jeb Bush

New York has been the subject of thousands of books. Every immigrant group has had its saga as has every epoch and social class. -Edmund White

All of us take offense to anyone who reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America. And undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace those responsibilities see little option but to remain in the shadows, or risk their families being torn apart. -Barack Obama

My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too. -Barack Obama

America isn't Congress. America isn't Washington. America is the striving immigrant who starts a business, or the mom who works two low-wage jobs to give her kid a better life. America is the union leader and the CEO who put aside their differences to make the economy stronger. -Barack Obama

Countries around the world have their own immigration laws and methods of dealing with a recurring theme: desperate people searching for peace from volatile parts of the world. And nations everywhere thrive and prosper from the contributions of immigrants and the children of immigrants – including right here in the U.S. -Al Sharpton

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

I plan to see St. Louis as a global competitor. As an international trade hub, as an incubator of new companies, as a place of culture and the arts, as a magnet for immigrants, for entrepreneurs, for animal lovers, and for gays, as a city of parks and trails, and as the sort of place that figures in young people's dreams. -Francis G. Slay

I was born in Hereford, England, in 1944. We moved when they had an opportunity to get a visa, about 1950. My dad always thought Europe was a bit too small for him. He wanted to see the United States… The typical immigrant story. He wanted a better life for his children, too. He always tried to get the visa, and it didn't come up. -Frank Oz

Comedy is still alive, and there are still funny people. Jews are still overrepresented in comedy and psychiatry and underrepresented in the priesthood. That immigrant Jewish humor is still with us. -Robert Klein

In our community here in Boston, we have had a tremendous influx of Russian Jews and Haitians. We call these people immigrants. But they come for the same reasons that William Bradford and William Brewster and John Carver came. -Kathryn Lasky

Anyone who doesn't agree with the Left's approach to immigration oftentimes gets stigmatized as anti-immigrant or anti-Hispanic. -Marco Rubio

Before the Great Chicago Fire, no one took notice of Patrick and Catherine O'Leary, two Irish immigrants who lived with their five children on the city's West Side. -Karen Abbott

When you get into the third or fourth generation of Latino immigrants to the United States, you see the kids speaking more English than Spanish, and it's important that we don't lose our identity, our language. -Thalia

I never, ever, had a person who could come up with the name of a person who could not get a job because an illegal immigrant had stepped in front of them, because it was either a job that person didn't want to do or didn't exist. -Mike Huckabee

People tend to forget that in our country, we'd pretty much all be immigrants, except for the Native Americans. -Amy Bloom

What is Americanization? It manifests itself, in a superficial way, when the immigrant adopts the clothes, the manners and the customs generally prevailing here. Far more important is the manifestation presented when he substitutes for his mother tongue the English language as the common medium of speech. -Louis D. Brandeis

However great his outward conformity, the immigrant is not Americanized unless his interests and affections have become deeply rooted here. And we properly demand of the immigrant even more than this. He must be brought into complete harmony with our ideals and aspirations and cooperate with us for their attainment. -Louis D. Brandeis

Throughout Philippine history, it's the immigrants who built fortunes and, in the process, helped build Philippine economy. -John Gokongwei

My great-great-grandfather lived to age 28, my immigrant great-grandfather Pedro Gotiaoco died at 66, my grandfather was 68, and my father died at 34. -John Gokongwei

In a way, women are a psychic immigrant group. -Gloria Steinem

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

Anyone who starts badmouthing Latino immigrants is not only a racist but ignorant. You need to refer them to what was written about the Irish, the Jews, the Italians, any group you want. -James Gray

I'm a big supporter of the military simply because I'm the daughter of a Polish immigrant who fled Europe during World War II from Poland and lied about his age to join the Army simply because he was proud to be an American. And who isn't? -Cindy Morgan

Life is now a war zone, and as such, the number of people considered disposable has grown exponentially, and this includes low income whites, poor minorities, immigrants, the unemployed, the homeless, and a range of people who are viewed as a liability to capital and its endless predatory quest for power and profits. -Henry Giroux

The popular story is that America was built by immigrants and that, therefore, everything about immigration is good and leads to a more successful society. This narrative is so devoid of historical context that it should embarrass anyone beyond a second-grade education. -James Howard Kunstler

That is a reward that humbles me: the fact that immigrants coming to America, much like I did, can come into a Forever 21 and know that all of this was started by a simple Korean immigrant with a dream. -Do Won Chang

Doing difficult things like passing marriage equality, passing the Dream Act, doing common sense things that allow new American immigrants to fully participate, pay their taxes, play by the rules and take care of their families. That's the inclusive America that I believe all of us want to move to. -Martin O'Malley

When the citizens of Baltimore banded together to repel the British during the War of 1812, three in five were immigrants, and one in five was black – some were free, some slaves. -Martin O'Malley

I believe that we do our country a disservice when we make it harder for new American immigrants to abide by the rules of the road and obtain drivers licenses. -Martin O'Malley

I've always loved New York City and the idea of a cultural exchange: the immigrants coming to America. -Mimi Kennedy

American food is the food of immigrants. You go back a couple of hundred years, and we were all immigrants, unless we're going to talk about Native American cuisine. -Ruth Reichl

My parents were immigrants. -Mario Cuomo

I love immigrants. Legal, illegal – they're not to be despised. -Mario Cuomo

A tiny apartment might hold three generations of an immigrant family. -Rick Smolan

Political elites look increasingly interchangeable: Blair, Brown, and Cameron have all tried to provide cover for the surrender of sovereignty to foreign investors with invocations of 'British' values, and, more opportunistically, anti-immigrant rhetoric. -Pankaj Mishra

After the oil crisis of 1973, many European countries tightened restrictions on immigrants. By then, millions of Muslims had decided to settle in Europe, preferring the social segregation and racial discrimination they found in the West to political and economic turmoil at home. -Pankaj Mishra

The right wing is appealing to a shrinking, shrinking demographic of angry white people who blame their predicament in life on the fact that there are immigrants coming into the country; it's pretty ludicrous. -Andy Kindler

If an immigrant comes here, and they're willing to create jobs, and they're willing to contribute to our economy, we have to make it easier for the kinds of immigrants we want, because that is the past of America; that's our greatness, and that will continue to be our greatness in the future. -Jeff Greene

There's a perception out there that the U.K. has become unfriendly to immigrants. Even if that isn't true, the very fact that that is the perception will make people not even want to come. -Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

The U.S. is a complex country. It has a high predominance of immigrants who have been eminently successful. -Azim Premji

I have a variety of readers from across the diasporic community, not just from South Asia. I like to write large stories that include all of us – about common and cohesive experiences which bring together many immigrants, their culture shocks, transformations, concepts of home and self in a new land. -Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

America is a country formed by diverse communities from different countries. Overall, the country is very hospitable and gives opportunities to grow. Saying that, I'd also say I'm not a 'white' immigrant; a South Asian's experience is different than, say, a European immigrant's. -Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

In many immigrant families, the parents are just talking and talking about the home country until the children are like, 'Oh, don't tell us any more.' -Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

In the neighborhood where my studio is, in South Central Los Angeles, there are a lot of immigrant-owned businesses. I'm constantly amazed at the level of work they do. It's above anything. For me, I think I pattern myself on that work ethic. -Mark Bradford

Rooted in the word 'history' is 'story.' And America's story is exceptional. It's amazing. Younger students should learn that we have always been and continue to be a land of immigrants – a land committed to bold new ideas. -Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Of the Sturges family, much more is known than is available about poor Irish immigrants and obscure Scottish-English settlers around Rochester. -Preston Sturges

We're a nation of immigrants – there's no question about that. But we're also a nation of laws. I think we have to honor both of those. -Dan Webster

I come from an immigrant family, but I know no other nationality apart from British. -Maajid Nawaz

If one has problems with immigrant communities in Europe, that should not be used against Turkey. -Martti Ahtisaari

My father was a Jewish immigrant who settled in Argentina and was left to his own devices at the age of 15. My mother was a teacher, herself the daughter of a poor immigrant family. -Cesar Milstein

For immigrant generations especially, family is the first structure, or shelter, for a people who are in exile. -Alice McDermott

I'm not an immigrant – I was born and raised in New York. My parents are Puerto Rican, and Puerto Rico is a part of the U.S., for the people that don't know. So my whole life, I've identified as an American. There are times when I've gone to Puerto Rico, and there, I'm seen as the American cousin. -Elizabeth Rodriguez

'Suits' fans. I've never met a more diverse audience: across gender, race, class. It's incredible. People who are high-powered lawyers to doormen. A Chinese immigrant cable installer – who barely spoke English – loves 'Suits!' -David Costabile

Like so many first generation children of Indian immigrants, I learned to believe in a dream that is as much American as it is universal: a dream of equal opportunity for all based on merit, of power concentrated not in the hands of a few at the top, but fanning across a large, educated, and civically engaged middle class. -Leila Janah

Nostalgia is a particular affliction of immigrant fiction, and it's led to a kind of sclerosis of the form. I hate nostalgia, and I feel it's good to be aware of the politics of these genres. -Neel Mukherjee

The Tiffany lamp is an American icon bridging the immigrants, settlement houses, and the slums of the Lower East Side and the wealthy industrialists of upper Manhattan, the Gilded Age and its excesses. -Susan Vreeland

The fact of the matter is, this country is not going to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. What are we supposed to do with them? What are we supposed to do with these kids? -Jose Antonio Vargas

I'm a gay, undocumented immigrant; I have to be optimistic. -Jose Antonio Vargas

On the surface, I've created a good life. I've lived the American dream. But I am still an undocumented immigrant. -Jose Antonio Vargas

I am undoubtedly one of the more, if not the most, privileged undocumented immigrants in America. And for us at Define American, which is this culture campaign group that I founded with some friends, culture trumps politics. -Jose Antonio Vargas

Of all the questions I get asked as an undocumented immigrant in the United States, there are two – asked in various permutations via email, social media or in person – that chill me to the bone: 'Why don't you just make yourself legal?' And: 'Why don't you get in the back of the line?' -Jose Antonio Vargas

The story of undocumented immigrants in this country is not just about undocumented immigrants. It's about the country as a whole, and it's about us being able to tell the truth about where we are with this issue because we haven't been telling the truth about where we are with this issue. -Jose Antonio Vargas

Part of the creative journey for me was not to come up the conventional route. I didn't go through drama school. I chose not to. I came from a very working-class area, a child of Nigerian immigrants. -DeObia Oparei

Thomas Young was born in 1731 in upstate New York. The child of impoverished Irish immigrants, he grew up in a log cabin without the benefit of a formal education. But he was an avid reader who began collecting books at a young age and eventually amassed one of the finest personal libraries in New England. -Matthew Stewart

'Avatar' imaginatively revisits the crime scene of white America's foundational act of genocide, in which entire native tribes and civilizations were wiped out by European immigrants to the American continent. -Annalee Newitz

I come from a family of working people. My parents were Guatemalan immigrants who spent most of their lives in the service industry. -Hector Tobar

My particular lifetime, my individual profile, represents something very basic to African-American history and culture because I was a second generation immigrant, so to speak, from the South. My grandfather was born in South Carolina – well, both grandfathers were born in the South. -John Edgar Wideman

My parents were immigrants who started a nursery as a way to get us kids through school. I learned around the dinner table about customer service and cash flow and paying bills. -Jack Dangermond

The sole literary presence from my childhood was my grandfather, a Jewish immigrant from Latvia, who eccentrically copied poems into the backs of his books. After he died, when I was 8 years old, my grandmother gave his books away, and his poems were lost. -Edward Hirsch

French people should be prioritised; clandestine immigrants get 100 per cent refund on healthcare while two-thirds of French people can't afford medical help. Charity begins at home. -Marion Marechal-Le Pen

We cannot continue to allow immigrants to come here illegally. And in this age of terrorism, we must not let in refugees whose intentions cannot be determined. -Nikki Haley

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

I knew I had to write about Canada. I just could not find in literature any examples of the immigrant experience that I've had. -Shyam Selvadurai

I come from a family of Russian immigrant Jews who were all big storytellers, who would get together, and one would try to top the others' stories, and stories would get bigger and bigger. And the lying aspect, the exaggeration, would get large. -Philip Schultz

Contrary to what you might assume, I didn't start with any advantages and neither did most of the successful people I know. I am the grandson of immigrants who came to this country seeking basic economic and personal liberty. -Kenneth Langone

I am the son and grandson of immigrants. And I know that securing our borders is not anti-immigrant and we will do it. -Marco Rubio

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

My grandmother was German. She was an immigrant, and my great grandfather fought in World War I and was stationed in France. -Lisa Papademetriou

You discover how confounding the world is when you try to draw it. You look at a car, and you try to see its car-ness, and you're like an immigrant to your own world. You don't have to travel to encounter weirdness. You wake up to it. -Shaun Tan

I became more interested in the idea of being an immigrant and particularly of being in a country you're not familiar with. And so I began reading migrants' stories. The fact that my father is Chinese – he emigrated from Malaysia when he was about 20 – may have had some bearing on my attraction to the subject. -Shaun Tan

New York's food scene is truly unique because it is this wonderful melting pot where immigrants from all over the world have brought with them their cuisines and their ingredients. -Daniel Humm

I'm very interested in getting inside the heads of people society discards, people on the fringe, especially immigrant kids. We dismiss them without getting into details of who they are. -Vanessa Diffenbaugh

My own grandparents came to the United States as immigrants in 1912, and they lived for some years in Italian ghettos in New York. Most immigrant groups start in ghettos somewhere, and many of them never get out. -Jay Parini

The British, and most European countries, have struggled to accommodate Muslim immigrants, but they have nevertheless welcomed them in large numbers. -Jay Parini

We are a nation of immigrants, a quilt of many colors, and we've managed over more than two centuries to create a way of life that allows for a reasonable degree of upward mobility, that prizes individual liberty, promotes freedom of religion and genuinely values equal rights for all citizens. -Jay Parini

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

What inspired me to work so hard and to maintain my determination was seeing my mother. She was an immigrant and was struggling in America to make it by; that inspired me to work hard. -Michelle Phan

The fact is this is a great country because we've always embraced immigrants. The fact is we have every right to enforce our borders and to protect them, but we also need to provide a pathway for citizenship. -Antonio Villaraigosa

I'm made up of immigrant stock. I went to a primary school in London. I grew up eating Spangles, why shouldn't I be as well placed to speak for Londoners as anyone else? -Boris Johnson

Before the Civil War, the Negro was certainly as efficient a workman as the raw immigrant from Ireland or Germany. But, whereas the Irishmen found economic opportunity wide and daily growing wider, the Negro found public opinion determined to 'keep him in his place.' -W. E. B. Du Bois

I grew up in an immigrant neighborhood. We just knew the rule was you're going to have to work twice as hard. -Lin-Manuel Miranda

Since the '86 amnesty, the number of illegal immigrants has quadrupled. That should teach Congress a very important lesson: Amnesty 'bends' the rule of law. And bending the rule of law to reach a 'comprehensive' deal winds up provoking wholesale breaking of the law. -Edwin Meese

The 1986 act didn't turn illegal immigrants into citizens on the spot. It granted temporary resident status only to those who could prove they had resided continuously in America for five years. After 18 months, their status could be upgraded to permanent residency, and only after another five years could they become U.S. citizens. -Edwin Meese

I believe it could very well be unconstitutional to ban people. We are a country of immigrants, but we have to know who's coming in. They need to come in legally. And we need to be sure that we have been able to have them satisfy the criteria that we set for them to come into our country. -Jan Brewer

I do believe that people hire immigrants, legal and illegal immigrants, to do certain jobs that maybe possibly could go to American citizens, and that's unfortunate. If they're here legally, I think it's OK. If they're here illegally, then they ought not be taking jobs from American citizens. -Jan Brewer

It's the federal government's responsibility to secure our borders. We passed Senate Bill 1070 as another tool in order to protect the citizens of Arizona. We have over 500,000 illegal immigrants living in Arizona. And we simply cannot sustain it. -Jan Brewer

Our borders have got to be secured. You know, when President Reagan, who was one of my idols, granted amnesty to about three million illegal immigrants, it was based on the fact that the borders would be secured. That didn't happen. It didn't happen during the Bush administration. -Jan Brewer

In 1900, as the immigrants come down the gangplank into Jersey City, they expect the streets to be paved with gold, and they were only paved with gold in Frank Baum's 'The Wizard of Oz,' of course. -David Levering Lewis

The Startup Act should give all Americans, not just immigrants, a better shot at being tomorrow's engineers and entrepreneurs. And that opportunity could begin at a young age with education in computer programming. -Marvin Ammori

For us to become a nation, everyone – including Arabs, Druze, ultra-Orthodox and new immigrants – must feel that they belong. Their success is extremely important to us. If they succeed, they will come to understand the advantages of democracy and freedom. -Stef Wertheimer

We have overcome economic devastation, defeated mighty oppressors, and lifted up generation after generation of Americans. We can – and we will – do it again. For that is our birthright as members of the American family – white, black, Hispanic, Asian, immigrant, or descendant of the Founding Fathers themselves. -Brian Sandoval

I do not support amnesty. I do not support driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. -Brian Sandoval

We are a country where people of all backgrounds, all nations of origin, all languages, all religions, all races, can make a home. America was built by immigrants. -Hillary Clinton

I'm child of immigrants. -John Barrasso

When you get to know a lot of people, you make a great discovery. You find that no one group has a monopoly on looks, brains, goodness or anything else. It takes all the people – black and white, Catholic, Jewish and Protestant, recent immigrants and Mayflower descendants – to make up America. -Judy Garland

There's a big difference between France and the U.S. In the U.S., immigrants must work to live. In France, they're taken care of by public finances. In France, there are millions of unemployed people already. We cannot house them, give them health care, education… finance people who keep coming and coming. -Marine Le Pen

There are a lot of Latinos who believe that allowing illegal immigrants to cut in front of the line ahead of those pursuing the legal path sends the wrong signal. The GOP needs to articulate that message respectfully but boldly. -Angela McGlowan

If you're saying you should not be allowed in the country, you should be consistent and say that to all immigrants. -Xavier Becerra

I was born in 1935. But my mother and father – who were immigrants from Ireland – and everybody that I knew growing up in Brooklyn came out of the Depression, and they were remarkable people. -Pete Hamill

My father lost his leg in 1927 playing soccer. A kick broke his leg; gangrene set in. They sawed it off. So he didn't get what a lot of Irish immigrants got, which was a job on the Waterfront – he didn't get that. -Pete Hamill

The business of being told to earn a dollar, that no one is going to give you anything – that was kind of my mantra throughout my childhood, and now it's in my adult life. I find that people really tend to relate to the immigrant father, whether he be Italian, Greek, Spanish or whatever. -Sebastian Maniscalco

And we'll build a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy! -Hillary Clinton

Yes, we become stronger when men and women, young and old, gay and straight, native-born and immigrant fight together to create the kind of country we all know we can become. -Bernie Sanders

The right kind of immigrants can benefit the British economy enormously, but no country can accept indiscriminate, unlimited immigration. -Nigel Lawson

DiMaggio was never a rube. He was very smart and very urban. Coming out of the Great Depression, he was the immigrant boy who made it big. Coming back from World War II, he had all the wealth and power that New York aspired to. When New York saw itself as the center of the world, he was its paragon of class. -Richard Ben Cramer

I am the grandson of immigrants from Japan who went to America, boldly going to a strange new world, seeking new opportunities. My mother was born in Sacramento, California. My father was a San Franciscan. They met and married in Los Angeles, and I was born there. -George Takei

All American fiction could be classified as immigrant fiction. -Jhumpa Lahiri

If certain books are to be termed 'immigrant fiction,' what do we call the rest? Native fiction? Puritan fiction? This distinction doesn't agree with me. -Jhumpa Lahiri

A lot of schools benefit from parents who are first- or second-generation immigrants, who expect the best for their children. -Michael Gove

Here's the thing about Texas – and the thing about the border. We all know undocumented immigrants. They sit in our churches, are friends with our children, and work all around us. They are just like us. -Pete Gallego

I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants who reminded my brothers, my sister and me every single day how blessed we were to live in this country. They loved the fact that only in America, we could be as successful as we wanted to be, and nothing would stand in our way. -Nikki Haley

If an African-American or a recent immigrant – or anyone else, for that matter – can't feel secure walking into a police station or up to a police officer to report a crime, because of a fear that they're not going to be treated well, then everything else that we promise is on a shaky foundation. -William Bratton

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

We are a nation of immigrants, and if the truth be known, don't we need a whole lot of immigrants to be buying homes and to drive our economy and to take jobs that U.S. citizens don't want? -Gary Johnson

Trump says very scary things – deporting immigrants, massive militarism and, you know, ignoring the climate. Well, Hillary, unfortunately, has a track record for doing all of those things. -Jill Stein

To provide a welcoming path to citizenship for immigrants and to restore our civil liberties, our foreign policy platform is very important. -Jill Stein

Highly skilled immigrants are critical to innovation and are important contributors to economic growth in the United States. -Paul E. Jacobs

The base of the party, the middle-aged white working class, has suffered at least as much as any demographic group because of globalization, low-wage immigrant labor, and free trade. Trump sensed the rage that flared from this pain and made it the fuel of his campaign. -George Packer

We must enforce the laws we have on the books, secure our borders, and deny special benefits to illegal immigrants such as in-state tuition rates. This approach is best for American citizens and is fair to those who have taken the time and effort to go through the legal immigration process. -Ron DeSantis

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

Trump's characterization of undocumented immigrants is, of course, absurd. Not only do the facts, well, trump his assertions, but his prejudiced views demonstrate a deep ignorance about Mexican immigrants in the United States. -Jorge Ramos

There used to be a tradition within the Hispanic community that, regardless of your political party, you would support undocumented immigrants. That ended with Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. -Jorge Ramos

I'm saying we've got big problems in our cities. It's not very smart to make the problem bigger by letting in millions more immigrants from rural Muslim cultures that don't assimilate. -Pim Fortuyn

I want to stop the influx of new immigrants. This way, we can give those who are already here the opportunity to fully integrate into our society. -Pim Fortuyn

If you allow immigrants into your country, then you're responsible for them. -Pim Fortuyn

The reality is for 50 years in this country, federal law has required people that are illegal – or that are immigrants – or that are legal immigrants to this country to carry documentation to that effect. And that has been the law for 50 years. -Trent Franks

There is this real divisive theory that if we allow more immigrants to come into this country, that they're going to take our jobs. It is simply not true. Every person I know who wants to work in a hotel and change sheets can do it. -Marcia Fudge

The only way that we can disincentivize Central American immigrants from illegally entering our country is if we change our policies, tweak our laws, cut the bureaucratic red tape and immediately send them back to their countries of origin. Until then, this self-imposed crisis will continue to worsen. -Paul Gosar

If the United States has normalized relations with Cuba, why would we treat illegal immigrants from that nation any different than those from other countries? It is time we level the playing field and end the outdated, preferential treatment for Cubans. -Paul Gosar

It is inconceivable that releasing an illegal immigrant that could cause a tuberculosis pandemic here in the U.S. would ever be considered as a possible option. -Paul Gosar

There are 12 million illegal immigrants in this country – drawing welfare benefits, sending their children to public schools, and pushing down wages for American workers – but the problem extends well beyond amnesty and open borders. -Sam Graves

Criminals take advantage of weak laws, like giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. -Susana Martinez

I am an immigrant from Mexico. I came to the United States looking for a landscape where I could explore ideas freely and to test my entrepreneurial spirit. -Ilan Stavans

In 2009, I edited, under the aegis of the Library of America, an anthology called 'Becoming Americans: Immigrants Tell Their Stories from Jamestown to Today.' It featured immigrants from different backgrounds, from black slaves like Phillis Wheatley to Yiddish-language speakers like Henry Roth. -Ilan Stavans

The Gun Control Act of 1968 was an attempt to impose order. It set up the Federal Firearms License (FFL) system; gun stores would have to become licensed, and they would have to follow certain rules. Felons, illegal immigrants, and crazy people would be prohibited from buying guns. -Jeanne Marie Laskas

Mr. Trump of course feels sorry for what the Khan family has gone through, just, frankly, as he felt sorry for the victims that spoke before the Republican Convention who lost loved ones from illegal immigrant criminals coming in and being able to travel the country freely. -Paul Manafort

I predict that as warm weather returns to Europe, so will the flood of Middle Eastern immigrants. -John J. McLaughlin

I would give illegal immigrants already here a three-month grace period to apply for a temporary worker's visa. If they failed to apply within that time frame, they would be considered fugitives, and they would be found and deported. -Chuck Norris

The IIP had to be folded up by the Harper Conservatives after it became clear – and as it took the 'South China Morning Post's Ian Young to reveal – that Canada's ragged refugee-class immigrants had contributed more to Revenue Canada than the IIP's big-spender immigrant investors did over the life of the program. -Terry Glavin

My parents never understood why I didn't want to be a doctor or lawyer. They're Cuban immigrants who wanted to give their children the American dream, and, to them, that was more of what 'the dream' entailed. -Narciso Rodriguez

We should not underestimate that: the Chinese people's ignorance. Thousands of years of despotism had been such a poison that their understanding of modern politics is even inferior to that of the black slaves and other immigrants. -Sun Yat-sen

We're a nation of immigrants. -Larry Hogan

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

In U.S. discourse, immigrants are mostly represented as less than human, a policy problem, or as just that, a category, and categories are prisons. -Francisco Goldman

My parents landed in Calgary in December 1974, straight from Nairobi. They were immigrants, like many people coming to build a better life. My mom was five months pregnant with me when they landed. -Imran Amed

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

I grew up in an immigrant household with an Italian father who came to the U.S. when he was 15. -Sebastian Maniscalco

When I reached America, there was so much space and colour. The possibilities seemed endless. At least that's how I felt at 18. But of course, I didn't have to take the usual immigrant route of battling to find a job and a home in a strange country. I could play tennis. I spoke the language, and I was making money. It was easy, really. -Martina Navratilova

Sometimes my biography is interpreted as the upbringing of a French aristocrat. It was very, very different. We were a family of mercantile, immigrant Jews. -Alain de Botton

Obama gave temporary amnesty to well over 1 million illegal immigrants, and Romney said nothing. -Virgil Goode

Trump is more performance artist than zealot. But he's finding enemies everywhere, whether they are judges of Mexican ancestry, parents of those killed in war, the current president, or children of immigrants. Whether or not he has a sense of decency, he is in grave danger of losing it. -Cass Sunstein

Pat Buchanan attacks me as 'worshipping at the church of GDP.' But in a CNBC 'Kudlow and Company interview', I reminded him that I also worship at the church of Catholic Mass, as do the vast majority of the Mexican immigrants. -Lawrence Kudlow

I argued for a wartime moratorium on new visas and new immigrants because of the substantial danger of ISIS terrorists infiltrating our system. -Lawrence Kudlow

Here's what we must do: Completely reform the vetting process for immigrants and foreign visitors. Change the screening process. Come up with a new visa-application review process. Stop this nonsense of marriage-visa fraud. And in the meantime, seal the borders. -Lawrence Kudlow

My parents were immigrants and janitors. -Martin Shkreli

I see myself as a transient, not an immigrant. -Sonny Mehta

I hear from non-Afghan immigrants – Africans, Indians, Pakistanis, Arabs in France – all the time. These people have had to redefine their lives, which is what my family went through when we came to the U.S. in 1980. -Khaled Hosseini

My parents were reasonably affluent in Kabul. In the States, we were on welfare. My mom became a waitress, and my dad became a driving instructor. That part of the American immigrant experience applies to people of any nationality. -Khaled Hosseini

'Heaven's Gate' was based on a true story about the cattle people: the people who had the money turned on the settlers who were in the area. And it was mainly a defense of their behavior. And the cattlemen's association had just about declared war on these people who were poaching cattle, and because they were mainly immigrants. -Kris Kristofferson

It's much too easy to come here illegally and very, very difficult to become an immigrant through lawful process. I think we need to reverse those. -Mike Pompeo

I hope more cities engage with immigrant entrepreneurs the way St. Louis has – it's a great model. -Brad Feld

Truly great performers reveal not only their characters but bring everything they know about the world with them. It's not just what's in the script but the story of everything you've done and of who you are. If you're Chaplin, you're the immigrant. No matter what he's doing, he's always the little guy trying to make his place in the world. -Norman Lloyd

Trump, of course, has been very wrong in the past about important issues such as President Barack Obama's place of birth and Mexican immigrants, but the Republican frontrunner is correct in saying that former Republican President George W. Bush did not keep the country safe during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. -Peter Bergen

There is no hint that Trump wishes to engage in or to foment violence against the enemies, such as immigrants, he has identified as undermining the American way of life. -Peter Bergen

Trump's pronounced anti-immigrant stance is reminiscent of both Le Pen in France and Orban in Hungary, although he is far from alone in taking such positions in much of today's Republican Party. -Peter Bergen

The reality is that Trump's focus on immigrants is to misconceive of the terrorist problem that exists in the United States. -Peter Bergen

Every lethal terrorist attack in the United States since 9/11 has been carried out by an American citizen or a legal permanent resident, not by recent immigrants or by refugees. So tamping down immigration won't fix the real issue, which is 'homegrown' terrorism. -Peter Bergen

Conservatives, in general, are anti-immigrant for the same reasons they have always been anti-immigrant – a proud tradition in our nation of immigrants going back to the days of the Founders, when Ben Franklin thought we were going to be overrun by Germans. But Business likes illegal workers. -Molly Ivins

Old-fashioned anti-immigrant prejudice always brings out some old-fashioned racists. -Molly Ivins

One nice thing about the benefit of long experience with la frontera is that we in Texas don't have to run around getting all hysterical about immigrants. The border is porous. When you want cheap labor, you open it up; when you don't, you shut it down. It works to our benefit – it always has. -Molly Ivins

America was founded on immigrants. The immigrant experience is common to all of us. -Nia Vardalos

When it comes to finances, immigrants are far savvier than native-born Americans. They keep their expenses low. They save their money. -Fabrizio Moreira

The study titled 'Impact of Immigration on Wages, by Education Level, 1994-2007' found that increased immigration had an effect of lowering wages for earlier immigrants by an average of 4.6 percent. Running counter to popular perception is the finding that for native-born Americans, wages actually increased by 0.6 percent. -Fabrizio Moreira

A big part of the anti-immigration narrative is the perception that the majority of immigrants are poor, uneducated, and unskilled. -Fabrizio Moreira

One way to quantify the immigrant contribution to the overall economy is to measure their share of the U.S. economic output. One such examination for the years 2009-2011 found that immigrants contributed 14.7 percent of the total economic output. -Fabrizio Moreira

Cuban Americans have little in common with immigrants from Mexico and Central America, and often their priorities don't align. If it seems like Cuban Americans don't have to play by the same rules as everyone else, that's probably because they don't. -Fabrizio Moreira

Trump is more conservative on individual rights, domestic issues, economic issues and defense. On the other hand, Clinton is quite liberal and wishes to open the borders for more trades and more immigrants. -Fabrizio Moreira

If you had asked me growing up what a stylist does or what a magazine editor does, I would have had no clue – how do you research something like that when you are a first-born child of an immigrant who only grew up knowing doctor, engineer, and lawyer as careers? -Eva Chen

For a lot of children of immigrants, what happens is your parents want you to do something very linear that they can understand. I had an aptitude in sciences and never really questioned it. -Eva Chen

Movement of people is taking place on an immense scale, and from a European perspective, the number of potential future immigrants seems limitless. -Viktor Orban

Irresponsibility is the mark of every European politician who holds out the promise of a better life to immigrants and encourages them to leave everything behind and risk their lives in setting out for Europe. -Viktor Orban

These activists who support immigrants inadvertently become part of this international human-smuggling network. -Viktor Orban

I'm a first-born child of a Chinese immigrant family, I grew up on the East Coast. And I have to admit, I did not grow up around technology. -Aileen Lee

The best way to prevent the homegrown-inspired attacks is literally positive engagement with Muslim communities. Making sure that any immigrant population that comes into America assimilates, becomes part of our culture. That has been our history; it has made us strong. -Ron Johnson

I'd be 100 percent supportive of a minimum wage – kind of industry specific, maybe regionally specific – for guest workers, so that we're not creating incentives for employers to bring in immigrants to lower the price of labor. -Ron Johnson

When I got my law degree and my license to practice here in the District of Columbia, I represented several immigrants who had entered without inspection. -Thomas Hardiman

A lot of these liberal churches that harbor illegal immigrants who are criminals say they are following the example of Jesus. They are following the Jesus of their imagination rather than the Jesus of the Bible. -Robert Jeffress

Mr. Trump never made any derogatory or disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants… He was talking about Mexico. They're allowing people to pour through their borders, and that's a problem for our national security. -Michael Cohen

Donald Trump is actually the voice of the silent majority, and I think he's awoken that silent majority. People are very angry, and the people who are the most angry are actually the legal immigrants who see their jobs fleeing. -Michael Cohen

Donald Trump is a champion for legal immigrants. -Michael Cohen

Immigration is important. We're a nation of immigrants. -Keith Kellogg

The textile industry became a huge deal in 19th century America, kind of like the tech industry is today. And that immigrant tradition continues, especially in tech, America's most dominant and dynamic industry today. -Walt Mossberg

Our lives and our culture have been significantly changed and improved by hardware, software, and services developed by immigrants. -Walt Mossberg

I come from immigrant grandparents. The country would not be what it is if it wasn't for the immigrants in this country. -Rick Santelli

The countries where you have the most fear of immigrants are the countries where you have the least immigration. -Stellan Skarsgard

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

I am against the policy which would promote the entry of immigrants into Europe, which cannot accept them. -Marine Le Pen

If America vetted Muslim immigrants as toughly as the 'New York Times' vets Donald Trump, this would be a safe country. -Jesse Watters

While anti-immigrant and anti-E.U. parties across Europe may not take power anywhere in 2017, theirs is now a permanent and growing presence, leeching away support from centrist parties left and right. -Pat Buchanan

In 2016, Trump, with his outsized ego, his anti-immigrant and anti-trade positions, coupled with barely disguised racism and deep-seated sexism and a willingness to lie whenever it suited him, was a near perfect fit. -Bob Beckel

President Trump is quick to attack American students, immigrants, women, the LGBT community, journalists, and our international allies but he is either too weak or too ignorant to stand up to white supremacists and others who spew hatred. -Gavin Newsom

With immigrant parents, they've had to sacrifice so much to survive, and they're trying to preserve the culture they lost, so there are just so many boundaries. -Rupi Kaur

There was no market for poetry about trauma, abuse, loss, love, and healing through the lens of a Punjabi-Sikh immigrant woman. -Rupi Kaur

Where we are as a nation is due to having an openness to the people of the world. It's incredibly important. I firmly believe that we cannot shut our borders to immigrants. I think a fair and just immigration policy is good for our country and good for our society. -Bob Iger

My parents come from that immigrant culture that places a lot of emphasis on doing well scholastically. Being a comedian or an actor is such an American thing. The Iranian culture is not about dreaming. It's about taking over your father's business, falling into line. -Maz Jobrani

Coming from an immigrant background, where a lot of parents don't want their kids to be comedians, success was just showing my mom that I could make a living. I was like, if I can get my mom off my back, that was my success. -Maz Jobrani

It's true that eviction affects the young and the old, the sick and the able-bodied. It affects white folks and black folks and Hispanic folks and immigrants. If you spend time in housing court, you see a really diverse array of folks there. -Matthew Desmond

I think the narrative of people being caught between two cultures as immigrants is very harmful. It's exclusionary. It essentially tries to argue that some Americans are more real than others. -Ken Liu

It's just making sure that everyone is treated equally. Is that so progressive? I don't think it's progressive, I think it's human. And not just gay people – women's rights, immigrants, people of different ethnic backgrounds. -Kristian Nairn

No country has been more invigorated by immigrant culture, more rewarded by immigrant labor and immigrant ideas than America. -Marc Veasey

My great, great grandfather, Michael O'Hanson, fled the impending potato famine of Ireland and arrived in America in the early 1840s with his bride, Bridget. They headed for Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love and a mecca for Irish-Catholic immigrants then. -Hamza Yusuf

In Los Angeles and other cities, being around immigrants is inspiring. They are touching the American Dream and reminding you how much you take it for granted. -Ryan Holiday

The contributions of African Americans, Native Americans, and immigrants throughout our nation's history are undeniable, but the tendency to overlook their gallant efforts is pervasive and persistent. -Tammy Duckworth

I know firsthand that immigrants make enormous contributions to our nation, but I also know that we need to secure our borders and make sure that those who came here illegally wait their turn, pay a fine and any unpaid taxes, and pass a criminal background check before becoming citizens. -Tammy Duckworth

Libraries are not just places where people go read a book, but places where an immigrant goes to take English lessons and where folks out of a job search for community. -Matthew Desmond

Being that my parents and I were immigrants to Canada, I didn't have the most lavish life growing up. -Rupi Kaur

These immigrants have come to our country and blatantly disregarded our laws. We cannot, we should not, reward that. No amnesty. No ability to vote. Get those borders secure, and then deal with that situation. -Karen Handel

On my father's side, I'm descended from immigrants, one of whom was a Syrian refugee from the Armenian genocide, and my mother was an immigrant from Germany whose visa had expired and, for a year and change, was undocumented here in the U.S. -Alexis Ohanian

We're getting a very different kind of immigrant now, and it began as a specific plan to bring in lots of more Democratic voters, and it worked. -Ann Coulter

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 happens is, illegal immigrants can run across the border, drop a baby, and say, 'Ha-ha, there's nothing you can do now. My kid's an American citizen.' Well, that wasn't the intent of the 14th Amendment. Americans would not agree with that. It creates a horrible incentive. -Ann Coulter

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

If we continue to dump more Mexican immigrants on the country, we'll get to the point that we'll never have another Republican president. -Ann Coulter

Instead of arguing about whether we're allowed to describe Muslim terrorists as 'Muslim terrorists,' why don't we argue about whether it's a good idea to be letting in so many immigrants who then blow up the Boston Marathon? -Ann Coulter

Ben Carson was appointed to be the HUD secretary. He knows nothing about the mission of HUD. He doesn't care about people in public housing. He believes that if you are poor, it is your own fault. And he doesn't know the difference between an immigrant and a slave. -Maxine Waters

Failure to deport aliens who are convicted for criminal offenses puts whole communities at risk – especially immigrant communities in the very sanctuary jurisdictions that seek to protect the perpetrators. -Jeff Sessions

Growing up in America, I experienced two puberties. The first opened me up to the possibilities of adulthood. The second reinforced that for someone like me – an immigrant, a minority, an Asian-American – there were limits. -Jenny Zhang

While I was growing up in Flushing, Queens, we socialized exclusively with other Chinese immigrants. I was forbidden to make contact with nonapproved, non-Chinese peers outside school. That was fine with me. -Jenny Zhang

Karaoke was my family's happy secret. In those early years in America, like many immigrants, my parents struggled with poverty and loneliness, but they also built provisional families, and inside our bubble there was joy, understanding, an intimate language I could never translate – and above all there was song. -Jenny Zhang

How do we form a coalition of resistance without obliterating our differences? Not all lives matter, and we are not all the same immigrants. -Jenny Zhang

Mitt Romney won the GOP nomination on a platform of 'self-deportation' for illegal immigrants – and the Obama team never let Hispanics forget it. The Obama campaign also branded Republicans with Romney's ill-chosen words about 47 percent of Americans as the party of uncaring millionaires. -John Dickerson

Now and forevermore, I'm going to stick up for immigrants, and I'm going to stick up for Hispanic people and their rights. I feel like that's just my job. -Camila Cabello

There are so many immigrant-led success stories in the United States, and the fact that it's gotten so much harder for educated folks to stay here is really unfortunate. -Safra A. Catz

The nexus of Donald Trump's hateful behaviors and policies around Muslim people and immigrants comes together right here in Minneapolis. I knew immediately that the people I represent were going to be very, very scared and very, very worried for their safety. -Betsy Hodges

I'm still the community college kid with immigrant parents. -Jimmy Gomez

For the son of immigrants to run for elected office, not even a generation after my parents got here, that's what makes America a great place. -Jimmy Gomez

My grandfather arrived in Houston in 1942 as a refugee from Nazi Germany. He had lost everything – his profession, his language, his money – but the city welcomed him, as it has hundreds of thousands of immigrants over the years. -Laura Moser

'Sesame Street' early on and then 'Little House on the Prairie' was a big deal in our house. I always identified with 'Little House' because they were wanderers, and there was something about being an immigrant. -John Cho

Because I sidestepped all the stereotypical roles, in a way I've made a career out of not being Asian – a lot of my roles weren't written as Asian – so there's an impulse in me that wants to take a U-turn and play a very grounded, real Asian character, maybe an immigrant. -John Cho

As an immigrant, I learned by watching other people. -John Cho

America has always been a land of diversity, basically made up of immigrants, and that is something I want to see continued. It's something I'm proud of when people think of America. -Halima Aden

We were second-generation immigrants, and it was luxury enough to go to college. The luxury of the arts was still a generation away. -Robert Picardo

It is important to have safe borders, but at the same time, we can't forget what brought us here. This is an immigrant nation. -Dara Khosrowshahi

Our nation of immigrants is, tautologically, a nation of emigrants. -Balaji Srinivasan

Too often, our most vulnerable students – English-language learners, immigrants, poor kids, teenage parents, students with behavioral problems and learning disabilities – fall through the cracks. -Jared Polis

In order to create real, long-lasting reform, we must create a pathway to legal status for the millions of undocumented immigrants who have made lives for themselves and their families in the United States. -Jared Polis

I'm the first person in my family to go to college, and I'm an immigrant. My aspirations coming out of college weren't particularly lofty. I wanted a good job with a good company. -Geisha Williams

As the grandson of Italian immigrants, maybe I am biased, but I think Christopher Columbus, the man who is rightfully credited with bringing European civilization to the Western Hemisphere, deserves the national holiday enacted by Congress in 1934. -Tom Tancredo

Hispanic citizens know that illegal labor is taking jobs from their children and their legal immigrant friends. -Tom Tancredo

I – my experience was really no different from any other immigrant that came to this country. It was rough. -Rita Moreno

I feel like I have so many amazing opportunities because of my immigrant mother, my immigrant grandparents. -Winnie Harlow

I always understood my ancestry, like that of so many others in the Gulf Coast, to be a tangle of African slaves, free men of color, French and Spanish immigrants, British colonists, Native Americans – but in what proportion, and what might that proportion tell me about who I thought I was? -Jesmyn Ward

If somebody takes masses of non-registered immigrants from the Middle East into a country, this also means importing terrorism, criminalism, anti-Semitism, and homophobia. -Viktor Orban

As ISIS begins to gain momentum beyond where they already are, it really does create – but you see the surge of refugees and immigrants into Europe, and this is a major problem for the Europeans… But the United States is going to have to take the lead. -William H. McRaven

We do have to watch to see how the foreign workers and immigrants are fitting in with our community, and you have to watch them mix so that you don't overbalance the numbers or the tone of our society. -Lee Hsien Loong

There will always be frictions when you have a foreign worker population or immigrant population in the country, and we have to manage that, and that requires good behaviour and adjustment both on the part of the foreign workers and the immigrants as well as on the part of the Singaporeans. -Lee Hsien Loong

Our universal message of access to economic opportunity resonates with the ironworker in northeastern Ohio and the immigrant in South Florida. And we sometimes have a relationship deficit with our voters, because we're not communicating that message. -Tom Perez

Donald Trump has shown no interest in working toward increasing the minimum wage, no interest in doing anything but immigrant baiting, no interest in doing anything but filling the swamp with a band of billionaires who are simply trying to help the wealthy. -Tom Perez

New York has a strong focus on the migration of immigrants, and there is a crime element there and even an underbelly, but Chicago is a much harder and more brazen city. -David Eigenberg

America has long been the land of immigrants. -Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Feeling unsafe in your own home? Look no further than those terrorists and criminals and illegal immigrants who have been given free reign and on whom Trump says we need to 'get tough.' -Kristen Soltis Anderson

This country is filled with remarkable people. One of my best friend's families is from Iran, and they're the most American family of all time. Some of the best people that I've ever met are immigrants. -Zacky Vengeance

New Brown America represents a whole generation of kids that are descendants of either immigrants or immigrants themselves, that are coming to America, enriching what it means to be an American. -Hasan Minhaj

One of the biggest things immigrant kids oftentimes feel is this big disparity between our parents and us. And our parents are staunch pragmatists, and I consider myself to be an optimist. -Hasan Minhaj

My dad's from that generation like a lot of immigrants where he feels like if you come to this country, you pay this thing like the American dream tax: like you're going to endure some racism, and if it doesn't cost you your life, well hey, you lucked out. Pay it; there you go, Uncle Sam. I was born here, so I actually had the audacity of equality. -Hasan Minhaj

I am proud to be the granddaughter and daughter of immigrants who were brave enough to leave their homes and come to a whole new world with a different language and culture and immerse themselves fearlessly to start a better life for themselves and their families. -Lauren Jauregui

I'm marching for women; I'm marching for the LGBT community. I'm marching for immigrants. I happen to fall into all three categories, so I'm marching for myself at the end of the day and for my family and my friends. And for whoever else deserves it. -Lauren Jauregui

This country was built and continues to survive off the backs of immigrants and refugees. -Lauren Jauregui

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

Being an immigrant myself, but feeling very American, and also being the child of immigrants, I understand the feeling of wanting a home. -Milana Vayntrub

Brazil's got everything to be a great country for Brazilians and for immigrants. -Anderson Silva

I always saw my role as getting LGBT to support the immigrant rights movement – which they did – and getting Latino organizations to support the women's movement, for reproductive rights. So that's kind of the work that I've always been doing. -Dolores Huerta

I was very heartened by Rupert Murdoch's passionate interest in immigration reform. He is an immigrant himself. He understands from a business perspective how important immigration reform would be to our economy. -Valerie Jarrett

President Trump's executive order creating a Muslim ban undermines the foundational ideals of the United States, a nation founded by immigrants. -Mike Quigley

Immigration is not about visa numbers or building a fence. It is about reclaiming our roots as a nation of immigrants and a refuge for those who have been cast aside. -Mike Quigley

President Trump proclaimed 'America First' from the inauguration stage. As an American Jew and daughter of immigrants, that slogan makes me shiver. -Jan Schakowsky

As American Jews and descendants of immigrants, we never forget where our families came from or what members of our community experienced. Because we remember, we look out for those who are freeing persecution, oppression, and danger. -Jan Schakowsky

We understand what President Trump means when he talks about taking the country back. He does not see America as a country of people from diverse backgrounds united around values of freedom and respect. In his 'American carnage' version of our country, immigrants and refugees are a threat. -Jan Schakowsky

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

All across this country, undocumented immigrants are living in fear of seeing their families torn apart because of our broken immigration system. Many of those immigrants are children who were brought here at a young age through no fault of their own. -Jan Schakowsky

I know as a nation we are stronger because of our immigrant tradition. -Brad Schneider

By the time I was 16, I was someone to reckon with. I was so eager to repudiate any connection with any immigrant race, I would go above and beyond. I was desperate to belong to something. That was my drive as a teenager. -Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Our country's history is a generation-spanning journey to effectuate the notion that 'all men are created equal' for the members of our ever-expanding national family: women, African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, gays and lesbians, the disabled, immigrants, and refugees. -Raja Krishnamoorthi

I hope that President-elect Trump will drop his unrealistic campaign pledge to deport millions of immigrants who've made their lives in this country and contribute to our country. -Raja Krishnamoorthi

I strongly support screening all visitors and potential immigrants thoroughly to prevent bad actors from entering the country. -Raja Krishnamoorthi

As an immigrant, I am grateful for the tremendous opportunities that this great nation has afforded me and my family. I am also aware of the ongoing challenges that immigrants confront, and understand that respecting law and borders is essential for keeping America strong. -Raja Krishnamoorthi

As the son of legal immigrants to America who came from India, I support stronger border security for our nation as well as deporting undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes. -Raja Krishnamoorthi

Step one of the initial process of getting a non-immigrant visa is tough, renewing it is tough, and then transferring from the status of non-immigrant to immigrant or green card is tough. The only process which is easy is the last part of transferring from green card to citizenship, but getting there is quite a journey. -Raja Krishnamoorthi

I'm an immigrant. I came here when I was 3 months old. -Raja Krishnamoorthi

I think it's so important we're a nation of laws but also a nation of immigrants. -Raja Krishnamoorthi

There are a number of much less expensive alternatives to detaining immigrants than locking them up somewhere. -Bill Foster

As we continue to work to pass comprehensive immigration reform, we must take action to stop these predators who are exploiting immigrants attempting to play by the rules. -Bill Foster

My father was raised in an orphanage, and my mother was an immigrant from Poland whose first childhood memory was of hunger. Somehow, despite all of that, I am called a member of the 'elite.' If so, I damned well earned it. -Richard Cohen

We cannot be a pro-immigrant party only when it is convenient. -Luis Gutierrez

The Democrats cannot say that we stand with immigrants if that secretly means we only stand with immigrants in odd-numbered years or when southern Democrats complain. -Luis Gutierrez

On Tuesday 26 July 2011, I was arrested in front of the White House along with a dozen other pro-immigrant advocates and clergy. We sat down on the sidewalk in front of the White House with a banner that read 'One Million Deported Under President Obama' and refused to move when the police ordered us to. -Luis Gutierrez

Punishing individual immigrants who are deeply embedded in American communities is not the mandate Trump was given when he was elected. -Luis Gutierrez

Legal immigrants have been an engine of economic growth, innovation, and entrepreneurship on this continent for longer than we have been a nation. -Luis Gutierrez

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

The immigrant blame game is constant. Cynical politicians believe it drives poll numbers; cynical commentators believe it drives TV ratings. -Luis Gutierrez

The immigrant blame game is one of the most predictable, and most deplorable, elements of public debate in our nation. -Luis Gutierrez

In the public debate, while commentators and critics have targeted immigrants with blame and bullying, our nation's immigrants have simply kept on working, kept on contributing, and kept on hoping for a solution. -Luis Gutierrez

Lots of special interests play the immigrant blame game every day because they like things the way they are and don't see a need for change. -Luis Gutierrez

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 was painfully shy as a child; I was dyslexic. I had a single mother who's an immigrant. I just didn't believe acting was something that people like me could do on a professional level. -Kaya Scodelario

I was incredibly shy and insecure as a child. I was bullied. I was dyslexic. I had an immigrant single parent. I was the opposite of that kind of ideal, cool girl thing. -Kaya Scodelario

I don't like it when I see a racist comedian go up and say, 'What are we gonna do about all these immigrants?' and they get a round the applause. I think, 'Well that's not a joke. That's just your biased opinion.' -Ricky Gervais

People often think of America as a classless society, but, of course, that isn't true. Within immigrant communities, there's an enormous distinction of class, depending on who your parents are, and that kind of thing comes out really quick in things like marriage and interpersonal relationships. -Min Jin Lee

I've often felt like an outsider, not necessarily because I'm Korean, an immigrant, or female. I think writers are odd people. -Min Jin Lee

I think it's not an accident that you don't have that many Asian American women writers who are breaking out. I don't think it's an accident that you don't have that many Asian American writers, either women or men. I don't think that immigrants are encouraged to become artists. That's very gendered and racialized and ethnicized. -Min Jin Lee

Where I grew up, in Aldgate, east London, one of the poorest boroughs in the country, I saw lots that was real – the bankers with their briefcases, the man next door with five wives, the illegal immigrants in Flat 5. I'm from a world you rarely see on screen, and I want to show it off. -Michaela Coel

Especially for Haitian immigrant parents, being a musician is not a job. -Kaytranada

Bernie Sanders supports offering a pathway to citizenship for immigrants already in the U.S. and halting deportations for almost 9 million hardworking undocumented fathers and mothers. -Nicholas Gonzalez

We are an immigrant nation. -Blase J. Cupich

We help immigrants because we are an immigrant nation, and we are an immigrant church. We've always done that; this is nothing new to us. This is not a new venture for us. It's who we are and have been from the very beginning of the history of the Catholic Church in this country. -Blase J. Cupich

America became great through immigrants… I hope that this great country will recall what has made it great. -Joe Kaeser

If we go the direction that many of the leaders of this country want and close the borders and discourage new immigrants, then we are ruining the possibility of new ideas and new experiences. -W. Kamau Bell

Our differences are what make us great. Let us think about how we can extend this appreciation to people of color, undocumented immigrants, and other members of the community. -Janet Mock

Donald Trump has proven adept at mobilizing anti-immigrant and anti-trade sentiment among a minority of Americans into a strong movement that seeks to put the United States first in global affairs. Yet, his is not the majority's view. -Ivo Daalder

America is a country of immigrants. It's what makes America unique. -Ivo Daalder

The people who hate immigrants are people who have never met them! -Angus Deaton

There's a lot of material from my life in my books, but they're not really autobiographical, in the sense that they're not about my life. So, in 'A Feather on the Breath of God' I write about my parents, I write about this Russian immigrant, I write about the world of dance, but it isn't an autobiography; so much is left out. -Sigrid Nunez

Among immigrants today, it is increasingly fashionable to reject American exceptionalism in favor of multiculturalism. To pretend that this isn't happening isn't optimism; it's sheer fantasy. -Laura Ingraham

I'm Greek-American, and I come from an immigrant-type background, and Greek-American parents want you to be a doctor or a lawyer. Because that's how you make money, and it's very respectable. -Steve Zissis

Trump errs on the side of bluster sometimes for effect, but I don't think that the people who voted for him, most of them, would ever be for not caring for immigrants or refugees. People in the church know it's our obligation. -Eric Metaxas

I'm a woman of colour. I am the daughter of immigrants. I am a Muslim. I am a feminist. I am a lefty liberal. -Deeyah Khan

I don't really consider myself an immigrant, because I was born French; I have always spoken the language. I never had the feeling of being a foreigner. I was very lucky: I came to France, and I had enough money to study and to rent a studio. So, for me, it was not difficult. -Leila Slimani

Skills-building opportunities should be extended to people outside of the mainstream talent pool. That might include at-risk youth, veterans returning to the workforce, or immigrants struggling to make a life for themselves in a foreign culture. The process for creating wealth must begin with creating opportunity for all. -Punit Renjen

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been an adviser to Trump, although he still very publicly couldn't land a job in the president's Cabinet, despite providing that counsel. And Kobach has a long history of making up facts to help him pass unfair voter suppression laws and push extreme anti-immigrant proposals. -Jason Kander

When you're a part of any protected class, whether it is being a woman, a person of color, a part of the LGBTQ community, or an immigrant, we're expected to get everything right and be the embodiment of perfection when it is not expected of other people. -Yara Shahidi

Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Jeff Sessions are using their powers and offices to make life as difficult as possible for everyone from the transgender worker to the gay widower to the queer undocumented immigrant. These efforts are not about bathrooms or religious freedom; they're about driving LGBTQ people out of public life. -Sarah McBride

Trump's campaign is not a collection of ignorant statements. It is a candidacy of hate and fear that poses serious risks to people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, and LGBTQ people. -Sarah McBride

Being an immigrant and living in England, I feel like I lived in two worlds. There was the world that, when I was at school with my friends, was very English, and then I'd go home to another country, with exotic foods and colours. I have a sense of colour pairings, and that came from my background, I think. -Edward Enninful

I'm a son of immigrants. I'm not going to reduce my commitment to immigration. But can I empathize with the fact that if your town was 95 percent all white and now it's down to 60, that that can scare you? Can I empathize with that? Yeah. -Anand Giridharadas

I'm the daughter of refugees. The immigrant mentality is to work hard, be brave, and never give up in your pursuit of achieving the American dream. -Reshma Saujani

We're being told that America is a zero sum game – that the dreams of immigrants come at the expense of those native born and that the religious freedom of some threatens the security of others. But we know this is a lie. -Reshma Saujani

Trump's blatant racism and demonization of Muslims, Mexicans, and immigrants also serves as a foil for white evangelicals. By othering these groups, Trump allows evangelicals to persist in their belief that white Anglo-saxon Protestantism is the default for true American Christianity and is best suited to lead America as a 'Christian Nation.' -Anthea Butler

Protestants attacked Catholics during the 1844 Nativist riots in Philadelphia. Guess what that was about? Anti-immigrant sentiment. Back then, it was the influx of Irish Catholics into the city. Now, it's Donald Trump clinging to a bygone notion of Protestant ascendancy and nativist sentiments, when mainline Protestantism is on the wane in the U.S. -Anthea Butler

Typically, if a politician makes immigration an issue, it's because of the belief that immigrants are taking jobs from Americans. -Mary Pilon

Like Barack Obama's father, Trump's mother was an immigrant. But Trump doesn't often bring up his Scottish ancestry on the campaign trail. -Mary Pilon

The Pulitzer Prize was established when Joseph Pulitzer died in 1911, leaving a bequest to create the eponymous award. An immigrant from Hungary, Pulitzer struck it rich by combining the 'St. Louis Post' and the 'St. Louis Dispatch' to make the – wait for it – 'St. Louis Post-Dispatch.' -Nell Scovell

When I was a kid, my grandparents were Greek immigrants on my father's side. My grandfather used to read me Greek myths, in which there are a great many goddesses and stories of strong women. And I was entranced by them. Then I started reading science fiction very young, and I loved it. -Laeta Kalogridis

My mom is a Sikh immigrant born in a refugee camp. My Irish-Swedish-Norwegian-Danish-English-American dad grew up Baptist. -Andy Dunn

I was an immigrant. I came here at 12. We were caught behind the Iron Curtain until I was 10. -Lidia Bastianich

When I first came here, Italian food wasn't anything I recognized. I didn't know what Italian American food was; we never ate it at home. It was the food of immigrants who came here and made use of the ingredients they had. -Lidia Bastianich

I am the child of Indian immigrants, both of whom have Ph.D.s and are college professors, and I'm an actor in Hollywood. -Tiya Sircar

My parents came to America in the late 1960s because my father studied for a Ph.D. in Indiana. My mother joined him later. We had ancestors who came over at the turn of the century. One worked in a laundry, as is typical of Chinese-American immigrants. -Celeste Ng

My mother is deeply pragmatic by nature. Perhaps you had to be, as an immigrant. You made do. -Celeste Ng

I'm an Australian. And I'm speaking generally here, but Australians in general aren't patriotic or nationalistic. Our country was built by immigrants. So, by my experience, I've seen the way immigration has transformed nations. They are the key people who quite literally build civilizations, be it culturally or musically. -John Hillcoat

Looking at the history of our country, we have been and we are pro-immigrant, but we aren't going to be much of a country if we don't take care of our own people first and if we don't observe the rule of law. -Wendy Long

The #NeverTrump crowd is running out of steam – and time. All of its attacks – that he's as liberal as Hillary Clinton, anti-immigrant, or a con man who will say anything to be elected – have failed. -Wendy Long

The Aryan Nation, the Klan, all these anti-immigrant groups – they've never really disappeared, and if you think they have, then you've been living in a bubble. -Joe R. Lansdale

I'm Cuban. My parents are immigrants. -Guillermo Diaz

Part of the reason why my folks – why any immigrant family – wants their kids to go into law or medicine is because there's the promise of reliable work. That's a powerful idea that got hammered into my head growing up: Be this thing, or else you'll starve. -Marjorie Liu

We are surrounded by people with accents because America is a nation of immigrants. Beyond that, the people who made your iPhone and the shirt on your back are probably Asians, and we're really not that disconnected from each other; we have very intimate relationships with the world, whether or not we realize it. -Hong Chau

The podcast by 'The Kitchen Sisters' celebrates the staggering variety of a society of immigrants via its food, from the Sheepherders' Ball in Boise, Idaho, through the favoured cuisine of Emily Dickinson to the unbelievable rituals of the great rural barbecue. -David Hepworth

Conversations about money, culture, power, class – it's at the center of my identity. I think it's a combination of being born to immigrant parents, growing up relatively poor, and really living in a world where formal institutions, like banks and anywhere that you had to sign a contract, was really feared and avoided at all costs. -Su-chin Pak

My parents are small business owners, and the Korean community, like a lot of immigrant communities, is very much owner-driven. -Su-chin Pak

Why am I a liberal? Because I don't forget that I'm an immigrant and that I'm a Hispanic and that I have a Latin accent when I speak English, and I want to defend those who get racially profiled by people who would discriminate against us? -Ana Navarro

I'm an immigrant – I've got to be in the city: London, Vienna, or Rome, but always a city. -Paul Bettany

I adore 'Broad City,' but the one Latino is queer for jokes. You see queerness of Latinos in this emasculated with an accent or fez on a set '70s show. It's always like, 'Ha, ha, funny emasculated immigrants.' -Tanya Saracho

The immigrant experience had a profound effect on me. It taught me the importance of hard work and the value of being entrepreneurial. -Clara Shih

The rise of populism is in part a response to stagnating incomes and job loss, owing mostly to new technologies but widely attributed to imports and immigrants. -Richard N. Haass

I'm a liberally minded immigrant, leading a predominantly liberal workforce hailing from predominantly liberal cities and countries. -Tobias Lutke

I feel lucky. I grew up in an open-minded, multi-cultural community in West Vancouver in Canada. There were people who had escaped some kind of oppression. Some of them were first-generation immigrants, others were one or two generations back. -Sarah Goldberg

My husband is so upset by President Trump's scapegoating of immigrants and Muslims, he refuses to even visit the United States. -Pamela Druckerman

Being an immigrant mother can be hard, but being a poor immigrant mother is much harder. You don't generally get to sit in cafes polishing your French by reading 'Le Monde.' -Pamela Druckerman

The U.S. has long characterized Haitian immigrants as criminals. This tradition began in 1963 when the first boat of Haitians seeking political asylum was summarily rejected by U.S. immigration officials, while at the same time the U.S. admitted thousands of Cubans as refugees and political asylees. -Opal Tometi

The black immigrant experience in the U.S. must be understood not in contrast to the African American experience but as an integral part of it. -Opal Tometi

Fortunately, the leadership of black immigrant communities has always been present in all black liberation movements from leaders like Marcus Garvey to Shirley Chisholm to Malcolm X and Harry Belafonte. We know this is our legacy. -Opal Tometi

Black immigrants and refugees have just as much at stake in the fight to make Black Lives Matter as African Americans do. -Opal Tometi

As an immigrant justice advocate, I, of course, want legal status for everyone trying to make it in this country. -Opal Tometi

Many of the concessions that leading Democrats seem willing to make – from cutting diversity visas to chipping away at family visas – would be made on the backs of black immigrants, people from Africa and the Caribbean who deserve these policies to remain intact as some of the few legal tools they have to immigrate to this country. -Opal Tometi

The U.S. government has rarely, if ever, used the criminal history of a certain immigrant population in determining if the whole community should be allowed to remain in the country under a humanitarian program, like TPS. -Opal Tometi

From my youngest brother to immigrant women to black queer folks, those are the people who keep me going. When I think about their various acts of courage, it reminds me that I am not alone and that we can do even more, and we deserve more, so we have to keep going. -Opal Tometi

To fully understand the black immigrant experience in the U.S., we must understand it not in contrast to the African-American experience, but central to it. -Opal Tometi

African-Americans and black immigrants share a resilience and a determination for a better life. -Opal Tometi

Get involved in your neighborhood. That's how I got really, really committed to the immigrant rights movement. -Opal Tometi

If people take the fight for justice seriously in their own country and with partners and immigrants in their community and folks in the international community, I believe that we will see human rights for all people affirmed. -Opal Tometi

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

Being in the immigrant rights space, I've heard a lot of transactional talk with questions like, 'When will black people show up for immigrants?' -Opal Tometi

I don't think that the black market's a new thing. It's always been a part of history, and it's been one of the ways that immigrants and disenfranchised people move into the middle class. -Lela Loren

Puerto Rican culture is very different from Mexican culture. Part of the Mexican psychology is the idea of being an immigrant or being illegal or being confused with that. That doesn't happen with Puerto Ricans, because you're a commonwealth. -Lela Loren

It is always easier to have somebody to blame, but immigrants are not the cause of the country's economic woes. -Pramila Jayapal

Can you be a progressive if you're anti-immigrant but pro-choice? No! -Pramila Jayapal

We must be clear: Donald Trump is lying when he conflates immigrants coming across the border with MS-13 gangs. -Pramila Jayapal

What Republicans so cynically refer to as 'chain migration' is actually family-based immigration – a humane and compassionate policy of reunifying families. It allows spouses to be together, siblings to support each other, and children to be with their parents. It allows the immigrants who are already here to be successful. -Pramila Jayapal

The vast majority of immigrants – regardless of the conditions of war and poverty that may wrack their home countries – come and contribute to their new home country: building our roads, caring for our homes, children, and elders, and serving as doctors, lawyers, employers, and innovators. -Pramila Jayapal

For immigrant women, the very act of immigration is about opportunity, equality, and freedom. Women immigrants come to America to care for their families, escape gender-based violence, or express their sexual identity. -Pramila Jayapal

For immigrant women, fighting for some of the standard platforms of the women's movement may feel unthinkable when deportation is staring you in the face every day. -Pramila Jayapal

OneAmerica worked over the course of a decade to bring the movement of immigrants and communities of color together with the movement for marriage equality in Washington. -Pramila Jayapal

As an immigrant, I have lived, in a way, the American dream, and I want to make sure that opportunity is available for everybody. -Pramila Jayapal

I became an immigrant, civil and human rights advocate, then the first South Asian elected to the Washington State Legislature and the only woman of color in the Washington State Senate, and then was elected in 2016 to the United States Congress. -Pramila Jayapal

President Trump has harnessed the fear and prejudice that have accompanied every wave of immigrants in United States history, and stoked those fears to further his own agenda. -Pramila Jayapal

We the people are sick and tired of the criminalization of immigrants, sick to our hearts to see Trump's family separation policies rip families apart across our country. -Pramila Jayapal

I am not a woman on Monday, an immigrant on Tuesday, a worker on Wednesday, and a mom on Thursday, I am all of those things all of the time, and I am going to fight for all of those things all of the time. -Pramila Jayapal

The Bronx, I remember, was a very poor neighborhood, but that was all that immigrants could afford at that time. Life was tough. I grew up – my father didn't have a job, but there weren't too many people who did have jobs. -Mildred Dresselhaus

I've always said that Miguel Pinero's story is a quintessential American tale. An immigrant who comes to this country, is immediately marginalized to the lowest economic level and persecuted because of his skin color and, in spite of all the obstacles put in his way, he becomes a huge popular success. -Benjamin Bratt

In our country, being from immigrant parents, growing up black in the South, coming out at 16 years old, being a teen parent… you would assume that my life would amount to nothing. And here I stand today. So, if I can do it… you can, too! -Karamo Brown

I'm an immigrant. I'm from the Middle East. -Tan France

I can't tell you how many times I get into a taxicab in New York or Los Angeles, and I'm talking to somebody who is a recent immigrant who was a doctor or lawyer or engineer or professor in the country they just came from. They're starting over again in life, and I think the majority of people out there can relate to that. -Andrew Zimmern

'First Gen' is kind of the ode to my parents and to really all immigrant children who come here with kind of a preemptive expectation placed on them, and then they get there, and they realize the American dream is bigger than, sometimes, what our parents dreamt. -Yvonne Orji

I have immigrant, African parents. They would say, in their Nigerian accents, 'So you want to be a jester?' And I was like, 'I don't want to be a court jester, Ma. I want to be a comedian.' -Yvonne Orji

As for my role models… you know, I'm an immigrant, so we didn't grow up with too much TV. My parents were like, 'You must read your books.' -Yvonne Orji

There's a lot of negative speak about what it means to be an immigrant. I'm like, 'OK, I don't know where that came from.' We do the dirty jobs. We do the good jobs. We get the job done. -Yvonne Orji

In the poetry of immigrants, nostalgia is as common as confetti at parades or platitudes at political conventions. -Amitava Kumar

Each employed immigrant has his or her place of work. It is only the taxi driver, forever moving on wheels, who occupies no fixed space. He represents the immigrant condition. -Amitava Kumar

Now that private prison companies have found that they can make a killing on mass incarceration, these private prison companies are now in the business of building detention centers for suspected illegal immigrants. -Michelle Alexander

Irrespective of our foreign policies, for decades, other nations and peoples could see, in the United States, a strong democracy that could maintain social cohesion, welcome immigrants of all backgrounds, and count on stable institutions. -Ben Rhodes

As the youngest child of a single immigrant mother with a third-grade education, I never thought in my wildest dreams that I'd ever be an elected official. -Kevin de Leon

It is erroneous and profoundly irresponsible to suggest that up to three million undocumented immigrants living in America are dangerous criminals. -Kevin de Leon

The U.S.A. is a huge market which has a large immigrant population from Europe, India, from all around the world; lots of them have, still, strong ties to home, so move lots of money. -Taavet Hinrikus

My grandmother raised me when I was little. I was born here, and my parents are immigrants; they needed someone to help take care of me because they were working a lot, so my grandmother came from Korea. So I'm very close with my grandmother, and I keep in touch with her a lot. -Crystal Hana Kim

In the 1960s, my first-generation immigrant parents were gifted the olive branch of a blue British passport when working for the British Army in Cyprus. It completely transformed the Paphitis story. -Theo Paphitis

With his mendacity and increasingly virulent attacks on immigrants, Muslims, women, the press, the judiciary, the intelligence services, the F.B.I. – any group or institution that he finds threatening or useful as a scapegoat – Mr. Trump is attempting the Orwellian trick of redefining American reality on his own terms. -Michiko Kakutani

One of the things I wanted to do in 'The Death of Truth' was explore some of the larger social and political dynamics that fueled the rise of Trump and brought America to the point where a third of the country will casually shrug off hard facts about everything from the size of inaugural crowds to the crime rate among immigrants. -Michiko Kakutani

Our nation relies on immigrants. -Patrick Leahy

I'm the only child of immigrant parents, you know? So all the pressure is just kind of on me: You have to make it. And I was like, 'Well, let me make it in music.' They were like, 'Nah, you gotta go to school.' -Cuco

Sure, immigrants will do work that no-one else will do. There was even a movie about it – 'A Day Without Mexicans.' -Ry Cooder

Our immigration system is fundamentally broken, and ICE's role in supporting the existing system – including separating families seeking refuge in the United States and conducting indiscriminate deportation raids in our communities – is creating an atmosphere of toxic fear and mistrust in immigrant communities. -Ayanna Pressley

I will sit at the table and compromise with anyone in the name of progress, but there are things I'm not willing to compromise and negotiate on, and that is the rights of women, of immigrants, of workers, and of the LGBTQIA community. -Ayanna Pressley

I would not invest in a Trump hate wall. We don't need to be protected from immigrants that are coming here seeking asylum and refuge. -Ayanna Pressley

Where I live, there are a lot of businesses owned by Ethiopians and Eritreans. They're the new immigrants, the new Greeks – what my people did. The next generation of these people will probably be college graduates. That's how it works, right there in front of your eyes. -George Pelecanos

We can either be governed by fear – fear of immigrants, fear of Muslims, call the press the enemy of the people, tear kids away from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border – or we can be governed by our ambitions and our aspirations and our desire to make the most out of all of us. And that's America at its best. -Beto O'Rourke

We are a nation of immigrants – all of us. -Bob Menendez

I was raised poor, in a tenement building in Union City, New Jersey, the son of Cuban immigrants. -Bob Menendez

The white nationalist position, David Duke has always espoused that. The belief that immigrants are a threat to America and that we need border control, David Duke espoused that, and he talked about it during the time I was dealing with him. -Ron Stallworth

I feel I have a responsibility to carry out the immigrant story, since it's one that I hold very dear to my heart, since my story is similar in a lot of ways. -Dania Ramirez

Being an immigrant gives you so much courage. -Dania Ramirez

America was built by immigrants. Immigrants come here for work – to contribute and get to a better place. That's my story. It's a story of hope. -Dania Ramirez

My dad is a Ghanaian immigrant, and he wanted a son who was an engineer. -Virgil Abloh

I'm a proud Cuban-Mexican immigrant. -Ozuna

My grandfather on my dad's side was the first in our family to settle in the U.K. He came from Pakistan on his own in the '60s and worked in a cotton mill in Bolton, earning enough to bring over the rest of his family. My dad, Shah, was only about eight when he came to this country. Like most immigrants, he has a fierce work ethic. -Amir Khan

To our American neighbors, we were model immigrants, a poster family. They told us so. My father had a law degree, my mother was on her way to becoming a doctor, and my siblings and I got good grades and always said 'please' and 'thank you.' -Alex Tizon

I believe that a limited quantity of immigrants, possibly through an Australian-style program on the basis of work qualifications, can be let in. -Matteo Salvini

I'm sick of seeing the immigrants in the hotels and the Italians who sleep in cars. This is the racist country. -Matteo Salvini

I've already made some changes. I have suspended certain things. Certainly, opening bank accounts, and whether you can or cannot as an illegal immigrant, I'm not sure that the data that we have is accurate enough, so I have suspended that for the time being. -Sajid Javid

My parents were immigrants from Pakistan. My father has passed away now, but my father and mother were very proud of Britain, and they have always respected the country and always wanted to make a contribution. -Sajid Javid

There's a narrative out there about Republicans being not just anti-illegal immigrant, but anti-immigrant. It was very important to me to break the narrative. -Mike Coffman

The Conservative party under my leadership will continue to be an inclusive, welcoming party that welcomes not only immigrants but also refugees and ensures that Canada plays its role in welcoming people from difficult situations. -Andrew Scheer

When you look at what's written under the Statue of Liberty, it's the immigrant story. It's about 'bring me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.' It's not about 'only bring me only your rich, your wealthy, your smart.' -Daniel Dae Kim

My parents moved to England with that immigrant ethos of self-betterment, but I don't think they expected the kind of grief they experienced. -Naveen Andrews

This is a land of immigrants, and most come here for opportunity, a second chance. -Ilhan Omar

We say this is a land of immigrants, and we forget that this was a land that belonged to people. And those of us who are new immigrants and those of us who come from generations of immigrants have to realize we are not that much different from one another. -Ilhan Omar

Here in Minnesota, we don't only welcome immigrants; we send them to Washington. -Ilhan Omar

As an immigrant, I truly believed when I was coming to this country that people had the tools necessary to life to live a life that is prosperous, that is just and free. So, every single day, I am shocked with the hypocrisy of this country. That we are the wealthiest nation in the world. But we cannot figure out how to house our homeless people. -Ilhan Omar

For me, as an immigrant who didn't speak the language, when I would have struggles as a kid, my dad would say, 'Once you are able to communicate with people, they're able to connect with you beyond your otherness.' That is really the message I've carried throughout my life. -Ilhan Omar

I think being an immigrant makes me overly optimistic. -Ilhan Omar

Coming from immigrant Italian people, the one thing you do is work hard. -Frank Grillo

I see myself as a go-to person for immigrants. -Sebastian Kurz

My parents are both immigrants, and we traveled a lot. -Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

It is so clear that the conservatives in Congress will only settle for a bill that allows the unequal treatment of immigrants, allow them to be shoved around the system with no way to plead their case for relief. -Rashida Tlaib

You know, as a child of Palestinian immigrants, again, every corner of my district is a reminder of the civil rights movement, and I bring that lens, and I try to – you know, many of the Palestinians, they have called me, reached out to me via social media. -Rashida Tlaib

A lot of people forget that Americans are immigrants. People are forgetting that, to where people have this attitude, 'We're Americans, go back to your country. Go back. This is a free country.' I always heard that growing up. I always heard that. -Kamaru Usman

When you go to hotels, who are the maids who work at most of those hotels? A lot of them are immigrants. We take pride in that because we're in a better place and want to provide for our families. -Kamaru Usman

When I eventually get my hands on Covington, its more than just a fight: it symbolizes so many other things. It symbolizes the attitude toward immigrants in this country and around the world. -Kamaru Usman

When you're the child of undocumented immigrants, you learn to keep your mouth shut. -Diane Guerrero

I feel like there's this misconception that immigrants come here and just don't care about the system and paying taxes, and that's not true. -Diane Guerrero

We need someone who's going to govern on behalf of everyone in this country, including immigrants. -Diane Guerrero

My real story is this: I am the citizen daughter of immigrant parents who were deported when I was 14. My older brother was also deported. -Diane Guerrero

I want to present the immigrant community in more of a real light. -Diane Guerrero

We need to be investing in resources, like Women Step Forward, to provide immigrants with trusted information about their rights and options. -Diane Guerrero

We should be a nation that welcomes immigrants, keeps families together, and ensures that everyone gets a fair day in court. -Diane Guerrero

We have a lot of comments on the news, we have a lot of rhetoric over what an immigrant is and what a deportee is, but you don't hear any real stories. I don't think we ever had the chance to really tell our side. -Diane Guerrero

I loved to sing and dance and play-act, and I always believed that my dream to become an actor would come true because my immigrant parents had taught me to believe in the American dream. -Diane Guerrero

A proud and healthy society does not equivocate when it comes to stating clearly and unequivocally what it expects of its prospective immigrants. It is for immigrants to adapt to the host nation's values and never the other way around. -Gad Saad

There is nothing morally objectionable in stating that a country has the inalienable right to decide on the exact number of immigrants and the exact type of immigrants that it wishes to let into its borders. As part of that calculus, it is perfectly rational to exhibit preferential treatment to immigrants who share one's cultural values. -Gad Saad

It is not 'dehumanizing' to call someone an illegal immigrant if he/she resides in the host country illegally. -Gad Saad

The common stereotype of the Middle Eastern, Muslim-born terrorist is not just lazy and inaccurate but easy fodder for the anti-immigrant, anti-Islam far right. -Mehdi Hasan

The illegal immigrants are like termites. They are eating the grain that should go to the poor; they are taking our jobs. -Amit Shah

Bangladeshi illegal immigrants are a threat to the security of this nation. -Amit Shah

Black people in America, people from the struggle, immigrants, it's no generational wealth that we are attached to, so we are tasked to create – in one generation – closing the gap. That's why we so Doomsday about getting to the check: 'cause it's life or death for real. -Nipsey Hussle

This country was founded by immigrants… I don't see Mr. Trump looking like an Apache, so all of us, we are immigrants. -Eugenio Derbez

I'm an immigrant, and I think being an outsider in your home is something that I really relate to. -Hiro Murai

I'm a first-generation Japanese immigrant. -Hiro Murai

When I went to school, I didn't know a lick of English, but it was okay because there were so many immigrants in the area, a lot of the kids didn't speak a lick of English, either. It was normal to have a wicked accent. -Jessie Reyez

When you come from an immigrant home, you're in a whole different world until you leave your house. In my teenage years, I had to learn to switch cultures the second I left my house and, when I came back, to go back to my fundamentals. -Jessie Reyez

In states like California alone, the vast majority of undocumented immigrants contribute a great deal to society and the health of the economy. -Ana Kasparian

You don't have to be Latino to speak powerfully about how important it is to have a police department that cares for our immigrant communities. -Eric Garcetti

I'm the grandson of immigrants who came across rivers and oceans to get here, some without documentation. -Eric Garcetti

My grandfather was an undocumented immigrant. My great-grandmother, my bisabuela, carried him over the border in her arms. -Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles is the strongest defender of immigrants perhaps of any city in this country. -Eric Garcetti

Discriminatory legislation emboldens those who seek to make us afraid while giving those communities it hurts a concrete reason to fear. We must stay away from anti-immigrant legislation as well as so-called religious freedom legislation that harms our LGBTQ communities. -Stacey Abrams

We should say to private employers, if you knowingly hire illegal immigrants, there's going to be a consequence. I underline the word 'knowingly.' And you make available a system like E-Verify. -Tim Pawlenty

I teach kids to read on a Saturday for this charity called Real Action. It's a voluntary school because lots of the kids around my area of London are from immigrant families and need extra help with reading. -Rachael Stirling

I'm an immigrant, a legal immigrant to the United States. I only became a citizen five years ago. Every day, for seven months, I pinched myself as I was walking in and out of the West Wing, so it's only in America, right? Only in America. -Sebastian Gorka

I get to say I was alive when the first Palestinian woman went to Congress. I was alive when the first Somali woman, in a hijab, who's black and Muslim – she's literally an immigrant, a refugee, black and Muslim and a woman and progressive. -Linda Sarsour

I grew up in San Diego with immigrant parents, before the food blogs, before this kind of celebrity chef culture we know now. -Samin Nosrat

I'm the child of immigrants, and there was always a garage filled with food, just in case, and you kept money under the mattress. You were always prepared, because you couldn't trust that you were being taken care of. So that translated into my life into a lot of opportunity hoarding. -Samin Nosrat

What any immigrant is after is a taste of home. -Samin Nosrat

I'm an immigrant. -Jimmy Barnes

We still had all our problems growing up as a struggling immigrant family, but Australia was like a breath of fresh air, literally. Playing on grass, having good schools – trees. I didn't even know trees where I'd come from. So from the day I got here, I've loved Australia. -Jimmy Barnes

I keep my Scottish connection. I know where I was born, and that's an important part of my history, and I think all immigrants are the same. But if I could live anywhere in the world, it would be Australia. -Jimmy Barnes

I come from a multicultural family. My wife's Thai. My children are half-Asian, half-Scottish; we're all immigrants. -Jimmy Barnes

For immigrant families, television is what connects you to American culture, but it's also what makes you feel like an outsider. -Nahnatchka Khan

The world's poor have discovered that the E.U. (that's the country we live in, no point pretending there's anywhere called Britain any more) has absolutely no clue how to stop determined immigrants. -Peter Hitchens

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