Best Quotes About Immigration

I handed my passport to the immigration officer, and he looked at it and looked at me and said, 'What are you?' -Grace Hopper

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

Illegal immigration is a genuinely national issue, and resolving it requires a national commitment not just on health care but also border control, law enforcement and other resources. -Jon Kyl

I support concrete and progressive immigration reform based on three primary criteria: family reunification, economic contributions, and humanitarian concerns. -Jeff Bingaman

All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian. -Pat Paulsen

At the very end, what is going to happen is that immigration will be reduced considerably. And how can we get to that stage? By agreements on sectors. -Vicente Fox

Our nation's immigration policy has been of top concern in recent years, and for good reason. With between eight and twelve million illegal aliens in the United States, it is obviously a problem out of control. -Chris Cannon

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

I'm in favor of immigration but we also need rules. -Gary Ackerman

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

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

But then I came to the conclusion that no, while there may be an immigration problem, it isn't really a serious problem. The really serious problem is assimilation. -Samuel P. Huntington

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

Much of what we now consider to be problems concerning immigration and assimilation really concern Mexican immigration and assimilation. -Samuel P. Huntington

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

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

Because the worst of all worlds is when you pretend like you have an immigration policy, you make coming into the United States without our permission illegal, and then you actually don't enforce it. -Tom Tancredo

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

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

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

I was born in London in 1919. I first went to America in 1946 for a three-month holiday. Then I came back, worked here for almost a year sold up my home and went back on immigration in 1947. -George Shearing

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

No administration could stop the tidal wave of immigration that swept over the land; no political party could restrain or control the enterprise of our people, and no reasonable man could desire to check the march of civilization. -Nelson A. Miles

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

Next, we will create a modern immigration law. -Gerhard Schroder

Undoubtedly, there are numerous problems with the immigration system here in The United States. -Corrine Brown

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

The 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

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

We also need to strengthen the security of our borders and ports and strictly control immigration. -Jim Ramstad

We will never stop illegal immigration until this country has a comprehensive, realistic immigration policy. -Ruben Hinojosa

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

I wish that the Democrats would put some effort into Social Security reform, illegal immigration's reform, tax reform, or some of the other real issues that are out there. -Jack Kingston

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

I think Bush's immigration proposal is treason and he should be impeached. -Peter Brimelow

I regard many of the neoconservatives as personal friends, but that's not stopped them from behaving with extraordinary viciousness towards those of us who raised the immigration issue. -Peter Brimelow

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

Our immigration system is a broken system that needs to be fixed. We need reform that provides hardworking people of good character with a real path towards citizenship. -Joe Baca

The American people depend on these federal employees to process, investigate, and adjudicate applications for immigration rights and benefits in a timely and thorough manner. -Joe Baca

We have a human rights interest. Then there is the immigration problem. The human-rights violations have caused people to take to boats and flood not only the United States, but other countries in the region, creating great instability. -Warren Christopher

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

Well, my constituents are happy that the Republican Party has finally gotten off its duff, seeing that we do control the House and the Senate and the presidency, and taken up the issue of illegal immigration. -Dana Rohrabacher

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

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

I had fought against the unjust restriction of immigration. -Emanuel Celler

On the one hand we publicly pronounce the equality of all peoples; on the other hand, in our immigration laws, we embrace in practice these very theories we abhor and verbally condemn. -Emanuel Celler

Everywhere I travel throughout Eastern Washington, I hear from people demanding we do a better job of controlling our borders and reducing illegal immigration. -Cathy McMorris Rodgers

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

We must do everything in our power to keep families together, and to use common sense in our immigration laws. Children deserve better than to lose a parent because of an inflexible law. -Jose Serrano

We must make immigration a legal, orderly process to eliminate this issue, not further criminalize it. -Jose Serrano

The aging and declining population will have far-reaching impacts. Declining fertility rates will possibly increase immigration. The structure of family and society will inevitably change. -Toshihiko Fukui

Whatever their motivations, lawmakers on both side of the aisle have certainly discovered that immigration is one of those issues that resonate strongly with the public. -Gwen Ifill

On immigration, there are a lot of hurdles before anything arrives at the White House. -Gwen Ifill

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

Identity theft involving these cards is a growing form of white collar crime, facilitating illegal immigration, banking and accounting fraud, tax evasion, and other nefarious activities. -Ron Lewis

If we are to believe that our immigration laws simply have no value, as our current policies would have us believe, should we then simply throw them all out, the entire lot of immigration law? I hope not. -John Linder

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

House Republicans want to pass a strong border security, illegal immigration bill. We want a bill. There is no ifs, ands or buts about it. -John Boehner

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

Going forward, as we work to strengthen our border in the interests of homeland security, we must also recognize the economic importance of immigration reform. -Dave Reichert

Canadians tend to be a bit more religious than most Europeans – though not more than the Poles or Ukrainians. Most important, their attitude to immigration and ethnic minorities is more positive than that of most Europeans. -Timothy Garton Ash

We watched the U.S. citizenship immigration services web site in March. They had six million, two hundred thousand hits, and two million people downloaded applications for citizenship. So what we're doing is attempting to help people in that process. -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

However, I don't doubt that a wave of immigration will come to Poland. -Aleksander Kwasniewski

Ours is an open and accepting society, and has historically provided an avenue for lawful immigration to all those willing to accept the responsibilities of citizenship. -Spencer Bachus

However, in recent years our nation has seen a sizable influx of illegal immigration that at best highlights some alarming inadequacies and at worst indicates a broken system. -Spencer Bachus

While I support immigration regulated through a legal framework, I do not support rewarding those who broke the law to get here. -Kit Bond

My father could have been deported because on his immigration application he said that he was a printer, obviously because he didn't want them to be checking his writings. -Joe Eszterhas

Illegal immigration is crisis for our country. It is an open door for drugs, criminals, and potential terrorists to enter our country. It is straining our economy, adding costs to our judicial, healthcare, and education systems. -Timothy Murphy

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

Illegal immigration is not just a matter of interest in states along our border with Mexico. It is having an effect on local economies, schools, health care delivery, and public safety all across the country. -Roger Wicker

I began teaching in New York because I needed to stay in the United States and didn't have my immigration papers in order, so working for a university was a way of resolving the issue. -Manuel Puig

I'm a big supporter of immigration. -Malcolm Wallop

As the American public continues to focus more intensely on illegal immigration and securing the nation's borders, the number of members of the House Immigration Reform Caucus continues to grow. -Virgil Goode

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

Illegal immigration costs taxpayers $45 billion a year in health care, education, and incarceration expenses. -Ric Keller

Illegal immigration presents a huge problem. That is why I decided to spend a week along the southern border to see firsthand how bad the problem is and, more importantly, what Congress can do to fix it. -Ric Keller

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

We, as a country, have not seen a significant change in immigration policy in nearly two decades, even though all Americans agree that current immigration policy is outdated and malfunctioning. -Raul Grijalva

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

Stopping illegal immigration would mean that wages would have to rise to a level where Americans would want the jobs currently taken by illegal aliens. -Thomas Sowell

We all learned in kindergarten that the beginning is a very good place to start. As we have this debate on illegal immigration and illegal entry into this country, let's begin at the very beginning by sealing the borders to this great Nation. -Marsha Blackburn

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

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

Hospitals are closing across the country due to the burden of illegal immigration, college students find that summer jobs have dried up due to illegal immigration, and wages across the board are depressed by the overwhelming influx of cheap and illegal labor. -Elton Gallegly

We have an immigration system in this country that not only doesn't work, in many cases it doesn't even make any sense. -Kendrick Meek

By the reduction of the Arabs on the one hand and Jewish immigration in the transition period on the other, we will ensure an absolute Hebrew majority in a parliamentary regime. -Moshe Sharett

I think in the U.S., the border fence is no longer an immigration issue primarily; it's a security issue. -Duncan Hunter

Amnesty is a big billboard, a flashing billboard, to the rest of the world that we don't really mean our immigration law. -Richard Lamm

America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts. -James Madison

I'm not saying we need to stop immigration at all; people can come from wherever. -Jeb Bradley

Following the war in Europe a large increase of European immigration to the United States is to be expected, of which the largest part is and always has been made up of men skilled in farming. -Arthur Capper

Secure our borders first. Let us know and let us make sure the American people know that we're taking care of the important business of dealing with the illegal immigration into this country. You cannot begin to address the concerns of the people who are already here unless and until you have made certain that no more are coming in behind them. -Michael Steele

We can't have – we can't have a patchwork of 50 states developing their own immigration policy. I understand the frustration of people in Arizona. They want the federal government to step up and deal with this problem once and for all, and that's what we want to do. -David Axelrod

If our government has a policy, any political subdivision, that limits or restricts the enforcement of our immigration laws, we will sue them! And that suit will be $5,000 a day every day until that policy is changed! This law will be enforced. -Russell Pearce

Every one of my positions cuts – out half the country. I'm pro-choice, I'm pro-gay rights, I'm pro-immigration, I'm against guns, I believe in Darwin. -Michael Bloomberg

But my view is that you need a system at the border. You need some fencing but you need technology. You need boots on the ground. And then you need to have interior enforcement of our nation's immigration laws inside the country. And that means dealing with the employers who still consistently hire illegal labor. -Janet Napolitano

When dealing with illegal immigration, the answer is simple; enforce Constitutional mandates, and you will protect Floridians and the American people. -Allen West

Quite simply, federal laws already on the books aimed at stopping the flow of illegal immigration must be enforced. Furthermore, states must be given the resources necessary to confront the problem, which includes strengthening the border patrol. -Allen West

One of the critical issues that we have to confront is illegal immigration, because this is a multi-headed Hydra that affects our economy, our health care, our health care, our education systems, our national security, and also our local criminality. -Allen West

So now is an opportunity for us to stand up and have a good, strong immigration policy to make sure that E- Verify becomes mandatory and we have got to train and properly equip our Border Patrol. -Allen West

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

I supported Arizona's immigration law by joining in that lawsuit to defend it. Every day I have Texans on that border that are doing their job. -Rick Perry

America's growth historically has been fueled mostly by investment, education, productivity, innovation and immigration. The one thing that doesn't seem to have anything to do with America's growth rate is a brutal work schedule. -Fareed Zakaria

What we see today is an American economy that has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and '60s: the interstate-highway system, massive funding for science and technology, a public-education system that was the envy of the world and generous immigration policies. -Fareed Zakaria

After this interview, I'm going to immigration to try to sort out my Green Card, just like any other normal person. -Emily Blunt

It's about mass immigration at a time when 21% of young people can't find work. It's about giving £50 million a day to the EU when the public finances are under great strain. -Nigel Farage

I don't see how the party that says it's the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century. -Newt Gingrich

I challenge the Republican nominees and all Republicans to not just be the anti-illegal immigration party. That's not who we are and that's not who we should be we should be the pro-legal immigration party. -Marco Rubio

It's impossible to walk a block in Miami, in Los Angeles, San Antonio without running into someone who is being deeply impacted by a broken legal immigration system. -Marco Rubio

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

With all the negativity going on in the world right now, people need an escape. When you give them a hit record or a great record, it allows them to escape for at least three to four minutes. They're not thinking bills or economy or immigration or war when you create that kind of ambiance. -Pitbull

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

'Know your enemy, name your enemy' is a 9/11 message that has gone unheeded. Our immigration and homeland security policies refuse to profile jihadi adherents at foreign consular offices and at our borders. -Michelle Malkin

I am a beneficiary of the American people's generosity, and I hope we can have comprehensive immigration legislation that allows this country to continue to be enriched by those who were not born here. -Madeleine Albright

Our nation stands at the crossroads of liberty. Crushing national debt, rampant illegal immigration, insane business regulations and staggering national unemployment are pushing our nation into unchartered territory. -James Lankford

I'm not anti-immigration. -Mickey Kaus

I'll never run for office. But I intend, either on the fiscal commission or on issues like immigration, to hopefully have my voice be heard. -Andy Stern

I think there are many in the Democratic Party that want immigration to be unsolved issue at least for the time being, because it's more useful as a campaign issue than it is as a solved issue. -Marco Rubio

I think there are some in the Democratic Party – not all – but I think there are some people in the Democratic Party that think that the immigration issue is more valuable to them unsolved. That it gives them something to talk about, that they can go back to Hispanic communities and make unrealistic promises every two years and win votes. -Marco Rubio

And I think for some – not all – but for some Democrats, the issue of immigration is better politically if they just leave it the way it is now because they can use it against Republicans. -Marco Rubio

Thousands of cities in America are crying out for relief from the burden of illegal immigration. Small towns like mine can no longer wait for Washington. -Lou Barletta

The federal government has failed us, so we, the elected officials of small-town America, are getting tough with illegal immigration. -Lou Barletta

In a city that is barely getting by with its small budget, something like illegal immigration can be the difference from being able to provide the level of public service that people expect. -Lou Barletta

Granted, we need to have a sound immigration policy that allows people into our country who are going to produce more than they are going to consume, but the bottom line is illegal aliens consume far more of our tax resources than they generate. -Mo Brooks

People talk about immigration, but they won't talk about the corruption that actually exists between Mexico and the U.S. -Robert Rodriguez

Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself, I always take a trip to the U.S. The immigration guys kick the star out of my stardom. -Shah Rukh Khan

We must promote upward mobility, starting with solutions that speak to our broken education system, broken immigration policy, and broken safety-net programs that foster dependency instead of helping people get back on their feet. -Paul Ryan

Gov. Romney said he would veto the Dream Act. Gov. Romney essentially said the 11 million people ought to just go home, they ought to self-deport. President Romney, if he is elected, is not going to fix our immigration system. -David Plouffe

Everybody will say that they're not opposed to immigration; they're opposed to illegal immigration. That's what I'm saying. -Sam Brownback

I absolutely advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. -Susana Martinez

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

Like all other law-abiding Americans, I fully support legal immigration. -Ted Nugent

Hopping the fence or wading the Rio Grande River isn't part of America's immigration process. -Ted Nugent

If America is a nation of laws as we proclaim, then our immigration laws are part of the package. -Ted Nugent

I think what's going to hurt the Republicans enormously is the extremist position of Mitt Romney on the immigration issue and states like New Mexico, states like Colorado, Nevada, Arizona – and I think it's going to be the margin of victory for President Obama, a very narrow victory. -Bill Richardson

The way Americans most understand the history of Latinos in this country, a lot of it is being told now through the lens of what's happening with the immigration debate. While that's an important debate that has security and moral implications, in my view, there's also a huge history of Latinos in the United States that's never been told. -Ken Salazar

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 support legal immigration. I don't support amnesty because it is not fair to people standing in line at consulates around the world. -Heather Wilson

I support legal immigration. -Heather Wilson

The Obama administration will continue to fight for a comprehensive immigration solution that includes AgJobs and a stable workforce for our farms. -Tom Vilsack

I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigration. -Hillary Clinton

Governor Romney is a real hardliner on illegal immigration. -Mario Diaz-Balart

It could be construed that the reason I wouldn't wish to live in England is the immigration explosion. And that's not true at all. -Morrissey

We have to ensure that our immigration system works in the interests of Britain, enabling us to make a realistic promise to our young school-leavers. It is part of our contract with the British people. -Iain Duncan Smith

One area in which we can be certain mass immigration has an effect is housing. More than one third of all new housing demand in Britain is caused by immigration. And there is evidence that without the demand caused by mass immigration, house prices could be 10% lower over a 20-year period. -Theresa May

Uncontrolled, mass immigration displaces British workers, forces people onto benefits, and suppresses wages for the low-paid. -Theresa May

Anyone who thinks it's smart to cut immigration is sentencing Australia to poverty. -Malcolm Turnbull

I will continue to enforce all the laws, including illegal immigration. Nothing changes. -Joe Arpaio

If a nation's security is only as strong as its weakest link, then America may be in serious trouble. Hawaii may be our weakest link and could have a serious impact on our nation's immigration policy. -Joe Arpaio

So you don't speak English, you have no ID, you can't tell where you're from… that's suspicion, it's lower than probable cause. And then we have a right to call immigration and check you out. -Joe Arpaio

This is the sheriff you're talking about, with a gun and badge that enforces the law. Nothing is going to stop me from cracking down on illegal immigration as long as the laws are there. -Joe Arpaio

Washington, D.C. is what is broken, not the immigration policies. We have good laws. We have people suffer every day because of government's failure to enforce the law and be respectful to the process we have. We have a pathway to citizenship already in place. -Russell Pearce

Sen. Robert Menendez's Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 would try to nullify every single state and local law that fights illegal immigration. Congressman Luis Gutierrez's CIR ASAP Act with over 100 Democratic co-sponsors does the same thing. -Russell Pearce

When Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio cracked down on illegal immigration without getting permission from Obama, they threatened to revoke his 287(g) status. When Sheriff Joe refused to balk, they filed suit against him with a frivolous civil rights claim. -Russell Pearce

In the absence of a limitation on local enforcement powers, the states are bound by the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution to enforce violations of the federal immigration laws. -Russell Pearce

Arizona did not make illegal, illegal. It is a crime to enter or remain in the U.S. in violation of federal law. States have had inherent authority to enforce immigration laws when the federal government has failed or refused to do so. -Russell Pearce

And you know, it's not just illegal immigration. Terrorists can come across. They're devastating our ranchers down in southern Arizona – drop houses, kidnapping, automobile accidents, extortion, drugs, the spill-over with the drug cartels. We're facing all of it. -Jan Brewer

We cannot afford all this illegal immigration and everything that comes with it, everything from the crime and to the drugs and the kidnappings and the extortion and the beheadings and the fact that people can't feel safe in their community. It's wrong! It's wrong! -Jan Brewer

Mitt Romney's primary season embrace of the social and economic agenda of the more rabid elements of his party doomed him, especially the shrill immigration rhetoric and the harshly insensitive theory that no additional sacrifice or contribution should be sought from those at the top. -Eliot Spitzer

In Europe, there are many filmmakers working in the same territory: immigration, and the things that are most disruptive to European life today. That's not a judgment. I think it's good that cinema looks at such things. -Jean-Pierre Dardenne

I'm not a xenophobe – I think immigration is a good thing for most countries – but they transmute the foibles of their native tongues into English in a way that's difficult to figure out. -Conrad Black

Although it requires some adjustment by those already here, immigration has made the U.S.A. the most prosperous nation on Earth. -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

We need to be discussing issues specifically to help the American people. And that would not include illegal aliens. These are people – I'm for immigration – legal immigration. I've been an immigration attorney. But people who have come to our country and violated laws, we should not be providing full health care services. -Joe Wilson

Environmentalists have been outspoken in their support of smaller family size and abortion rights as keys to reducing global warming. But when it comes to immigration, the single biggest contributor to population growth in the industrial world, they stand largely silent. -Gary Bauer

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

The current practice of extending U.S. citizenship to hundreds of thousands of 'anchor babies' must end because it creates a magnet for illegal immigration into our country. Now is the time to ensure that the laws in this country do not encourage law-breaking. -Steve King

I started coming to L.A. as often as I could, for three months on and three months off, because immigration kicks you out after 90 days. -Jai Courtney

The Constitution of the United States… specifically states the Congress shall write legislation for immigration policy in the United States. -John Carter

In 2007 the 'dagger' of an idea that killed President Bush's effort at reforming the immigration system was lax border security. -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

Beyond budget fights, the Obama second-term agenda was supposed to be about passing comprehensive immigration reform. -Juan Williams

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

Conservatism has always been about reforming government and solving problems, and that's why the conservative movement should lead on immigration reform. -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

I started getting more and more active around immigration reform because this was such a waste of lives, such a waste of potential, such a waste for our country not to have the human capital that we developed – geared toward improving our entire society. -Laurene Powell Jobs

I find that women… deal with immigration differently. And I'm interested in that. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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

Illegal immigration continues to be a major problem in the United States. We have people waiting to come here legally. And we should not be rewarding people who have come here illegally. -John Barrasso

Workers who come to the U.S. see their wages and their standard of living boosted sharply simply by crossing the border. That's a good thing, and one of the best arguments for immigration reform, even if you'll rarely hear a politician make it. -James Surowiecki

Britain's an island; it's always had a constant ebb and flow of immigration – it makes it a better place. -John Lydon

We think of immigration as a Western issue but, of course, it isn't. -Kiran Desai

Most Christian 'believers' tend to echo the cultural prejudices and worldviews of the dominant group in their country, with only a minority revealing any real transformation of attitudes or consciousness. It has been true of slavery and racism, classism and consumerism and issues of immigration and health care for the poor. -Richard Rohr

For a border state, I would argue that Texas is less lunatic on the subject of immigration issues than other places around it, like Arizona. They're much more comfortable with their long-term identity as a place with a very large Hispanic population. -Gail Collins

If immigration reform passes, it'll be a big victory for sanity – nobody really believes it's healthy for a country to have millions and millions of undocumented noncitizens living in the shadows. But it'll also be a sign that the Republican Party has gotten tired of letting the Tea Party push it around. -Gail Collins

Illegal immigration can never be completely stopped, no matter how high the wall or how many patrol agents you have watching it. -Gail Collins

You reduce illegal immigration by making it harder to get jobs here, or easier to get jobs south of the border. This idea that we can't pass an immigration law until we hit some imaginary security target is just a way to derail reform. -Gail Collins

With the issue of immigration, it's very difficult because, although I don't have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England, the more the British identity disappears. -Morrissey

I want to have a good vote in the Senate so we send the message that the Republicans and the Democrats are together in favor of immigration reform. -Bob Menendez

Already we're seeing graduates of U.S. higher education going back to their home countries and contributing to societies there, where in the past they would have stayed in the U.S. and built new companies here. We have to have immigration reform that allows talented foreigners to become Americans. -David Malpass

The biggest development in reproductive biology is the birth-control pill. Nobody ever talks about it, but look at the consequences: demographics; aging populations; the sinking population of Europe, Japan; immigration. It's incredible. -Gregory Stock

The flow of people into the United States into slavery, it follows the other types of immigration into the United States, so people who are trying to build new lives, trying to build a better life. -Kevin Bales

The Libertarian position on immigration is to have, not open borders with no restrictions, but to have controlled borders that allow hard-working people to come into America to help raise their standard of living and improve the American economy. -Michael Badnarik

I think growing up in South Africa, and then moving to Canada, I'm just genuinely interested in the difference between the First World and the Third World, immigration, and how the new, globalized world is beginning to operate. All of those things run through my mind a lot. -Neill Blomkamp

'District 9' was a singular anti-Apartheid metaphor, and 'Elysium' is a more general metaphor about immigration and how the First World and Third World meet. But the thing that I like the most about the metaphor is that it can be scaled to suit almost any scenario. -Neill Blomkamp

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

The underlying part of any comprehensive immigration bill is family unit. -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

You don't ask people about the immigration policies of the U.K. or their country's agricultural policy. Instead, you talk to them about the meal they're eating or their family, and from that you get the sense of another human being, someone we can all relate to. -Michael Palin

We owe an historic debt to American Indians. They have a unique set of concerns that haven't been addressed, and I'd like to stand with them. Also, I'd like to get their views on immigration. -Al Franken

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

If you look at issues like immigration, gay marriage, gun regulation – these are all things that probably wouldn't be a source of much discussion at all in D.C., if they weren't sources of self-perpetuation. -Mark Leibovich

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

If those who wrote and ratified the 14th Amendment had imagined laws restricting immigration – and had anticipated huge waves of illegal immigration – is it reasonable to presume they would have wanted to provide the reward of citizenship to the children of the violators of those laws? Surely not. -George Will

The most powerful nation on earth should be able to pass a fair, effective immigration law that combines compassion with responsibility and does not injure hard working Americans who are taxed up to here. -Bill O'Reilly

When a politician like Marco Rubio is willing to sacrifice his career defining immigration reform legislation solely to insure that gays and lesbians are denied equal protection under the law, we have to admit that we're under attack. This is not pragmatic politics at work. These are the policies of bias, exclusion and unfairness. -Harvey Fierstein

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

As far as wages are concerned, the only difference between immigration and birth is that birth takes longer. -Alex Tabarrok

Our country was founded on immigration. We are all occupying Native American land here. At what point do we say 'It's our land, and nobody else can come here.' -Michael Franti

Although it's the second largest country in the world, our useful area has been reduced. Our immigration policy is disgusting: We plunder southern countries by depriving them of future leaders, and we want to increase our population to support economic growth. -David Suzuki

A lot of young people just starting out unskilled, as all Americans do when they're born here, come to this country, and so the business community is for immigration. Big businesses, small businesses, high-tech, low-tech, the communities of faith, and the Republican leadership. -Grover Norquist

The future of the Republican Party, all the different folks looking to lead the Republican Party at the national level in the future, recognize we should do immigration reform. -Grover Norquist

It would be unwise for the modern Republican Party to come across as hostile to immigration. That has been the losing position in American history for 200 years. -Grover Norquist

Historically, opposition to immigration in the United States has been racially and religiously motivated in the ugliest, nastiest way possible. -Grover Norquist

Whenever I write about immigration, I hear heart-wrenching stories of computer workers who are unemployed and facing severe hardship. -Vivek Wadhwa

Why don't we hear more about and from Asians when it comes to race in America? Are Asians the new Invisible Man – there but not there? In some ways, yeah. Blacks and whites are always carping about the metrics of racism. And any conversation about immigration reform is immediately flipped into a referendum on Hispanics. -John Ridley

I'm not wise enough to know what is the right immigration policy for the United States of America. -Donald E. Graham

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

Our immigration policy should be driven by what is in the best interest of this great country and the American people. Comprehensive immigration reform will strengthen U.S. security and boost economic growth. -Charles B. Rangel

Comprehensive immigration reform would reduce the deficit and help grow the economy. -Scott Peters

In terms of immigration, we're seeing a lot of Democrats and Republicans use the really elastic term, 'Comprehensive Immigration Reform,' and they don't totally understand what that means. For us in El Paso, it's part of a larger discussion about the nature of the border. -Beto O'Rourke

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 thought it was quite wonderful coming to America. I think immigration is a very difficult thing, but America is a very wonderful place. -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

America deserves common sense immigration reform that reflects our interests and our values as Americans. -Hank Johnson

Well-meaning Europeans sometimes argue that unlike the U.S., their countries are traditionally 'homogeneous' and have little experience with immigration. -Noah Feldman

I have never found out that there was in my family an artist or anyone interested in the arts or sciences, and I have never been sufficiently interested in my 'family tree' to bother. My father and mother had come to America on one of those great waves of immigration that followed persecution and pogroms in Czarist Russia and Poland. -Jacob Epstein

I think most Americans would agree that we need sensible solutions that fix our immigration system and deal humanely with aspiring citizens currently in our country. At the same time, these solutions must increase the security of our borders. -Linda Sanchez

Because of the long, long history of British shipping, immigration, trade, empire, missionaries, you can have a better shot at telling a worldwide story in the British Museum's collection than any other. Britain has been more connected with the rest of the world than any other country, for longer. -Neil MacGregor

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

Protecting national security amounts to looking for needles in a haystack. The work becomes more difficult if the haystack is larger. Restricting immigration generally, and illegal immigration in particular, limits growth in the haystack, and supports protection of national security. -Jan C. Ting

Libertarian immigration policy would be an experiment in which I don't think we should participate. We should not bet the republic that the results will be good. I suspect the results would be a disaster and the end of the American experiment. -Jan C. Ting

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

Besides taking jobs from American workers, illegal immigration creates huge economic burdens on our health care system, our education system, our criminal justice system, our environment, our infrastructure and our public safety. -Jan C. Ting

Border enforcement coupled with employer sanctions and threatening employers who hire immigration law violators is insufficient. -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're willing to accept unlimited immigration in order to keep wages low and corporate profits high, we should just say so and stop paying for all the immigration enforcement window dressing. -Jan C. Ting

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

There is no quick fix for illegal immigration. But only when we achieve better control of our borders and better respect for our immigration laws can we give meaning to the discussion we need to have over reforming the numbers, categories, and procedures for legal immigration into the United States. -Jan C. Ting

Our immigration system is not broken. We don't need, and Congress shouldn't enact, amnesty. -Jan C. Ting

I respect those who openly advocate for unlimited immigration to the United States. Open borders is an intellectually coherent, defensible position. -Jan C. Ting

The U.S. immigration system is the most generous in the world, providing each year more green cards for legal permanent residence with a clear path to full citizenship than all the rest of the nations of the world combined. -Jan C. Ting

I believe the House of Representatives is exactly the place where immigration reform should take place. Our entire House is elected every two years. We're the people closest to the people. -Aaron Schock

Whether it's raising the minimum wage, fixing our broken immigration system or supporting an economic climate that gives our businesses that chance to succeed, I hope to continue to fight these important battles on behalf of my constituents. -Joe Kennedy III

Although more than 500 million maritime containers move around the world each year, accounting for 90 per cent of international trade, only 2 per cent are inspected. Strengthening customs and immigration systems is essential. -Ban Ki-moon

Those life experiences that helped shaped my political beliefs are with me in every position I take and every vote that I cast – whether it be in favor of comprehensive immigration reform, strengthening Social Security and Medicare, or improving our nation's education system. -Mark Takano

My record of opposition to illegal immigration is unquestioned. -Ann Wagner

I've always believed that immigration reform is important, but it won't decide the White House in 2016. The most important issue for Hispanics – just like with all Americans – is the economy. If Republicans can do a better job of articulating positive, conservative policies to grow our economy, we will do better with Hispanics. -Raul Labrador

The recent, single-year influx of unaccompanied minors from foreign countries into the United States is a direct result of President Obama's policies of encouraging amnesty and failing to enforce existing immigration laws. -James Lankford

I don't think it's good for economy to have a broken immigration system. -Michael Grimm

Only Congress has the authority to adequately and holistically address our broken immigration system. -Yvette Clarke

Lost in much of the national debate about immigration reform is how Democrats ultimately stand to gain electorally with any legislation or executive action that would put the newly legalized residents on a path to voting. -Aaron Klein

I believe immigration reform is a commitment of President Obama's government, especially since it gives him a chance to respond to the great demand expressed by U.S. Hispanic voters. -Enrique Pena Nieto

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

In the province of Quebec where I come from, we speak French, and the only cosmopolitan city is Montreal. Every time we tackle the subject of immigration and racial tension, it's an issue that concerns Montreal. -Philippe Falardeau

If you have a solution to immigration, it is possible to come home and defend it. -Lamar Alexander

If I pleaded guilty to a mistake while I was home secretary, it wasn't that I didn't get tough – my God, I put immigration and security officials on French soil for the first time. -David Blunkett

The Home Office culture was one of being just above the problem, of hovering just out of reach of knowing what was going on on the ground, whether it was crime or immigration. -David Blunkett

These are people – I'm for immigration – legal immigration. I've been an immigration attorney. But people who have come to our country and violated laws, we should not be providing full health care services. -Joe Wilson

There should not be a question of legal or illegal immigration. People came and immigrated to this country from the time of the Indians. No one's illegal. They should just be able to come. -Linda Ronstadt

Economic conservatives like immigration reform, and in fact, many of them supported the bill that John McCain and I put together in the Senate. -Chuck Schumer

There is overwhelming bipartisan support outside of Washington that we need to finally secure our borders, enforce our laws, and stop the problem of illegal immigration. -Ted Cruz

There is no more an enthusiastic advocate of legal immigration in the U.S. Senate than I am, and that is a message that resonates powerfully in the Hispanic community. -Ted Cruz

Building new roads and bridges creates jobs. Growing our exports creates jobs. Reforming our outdated tax system and our broken immigration system creates jobs. -Barack Obama

When states like Alabama and Arizona passed some of the harshest immigration laws in history, my Attorney General took them on in court and we won. -Barack Obama

The immigration issue is, I recognize, one that generates a lot of passion, but it does not make sense for us to want to push talent out. -Barack Obama

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

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

I'm a big believer in family-based immigration. -Marco Rubio

The immigration issue is a gateway issue for Hispanics, no doubt about it. -Marco Rubio

This is something that I witnessed out on the campaign trail for three years, which is that there is a total disconnect between the rhetoric regarding immigration and the reality. And I'm speaking as a border state. -Gary Johnson

I want to help correct the inaccurate image of immigration in the media. There is an idea that women's issues are over here and immigration is over there. Three quarters of undocumented workers are women and children. -Gloria Steinem

My father gave me an old Olympia portable when I was in fourth grade. Our ancestors came from Ireland. Our family stories of immigration helped me understand more about my characters in 'The Lemon Orchard.' -Luanne Rice

Anyone who sincerely wanted to use policy to reduce illegal immigration should start by crafting legislation based on changing actual behavior. -Jose Ferreira

If the penalty for hiring illegals is just a fine, it becomes a business decision. But if the penalty is jail time, illegal immigration will come to a screeching halt. -Jose Ferreira

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

The conventional wisdom is that people come to the United States, and immigration is so great, and they say, 'America, what a great country.' And a lot of that is true. -James Gray

The 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

Conservatives have always wanted border security before we had immigration reform. -Rand Paul

I would argue that you're only going to get the conservatives, particularly a Republican House, to pass immigration reform if we, as conservatives, are reassured that the border is controlled and that we get to vote on whether the border is controlled. -Rand Paul

I'm for immigration reform. I think the system's horribly broken, and we need to do something about it. -Rand Paul

I think the key to getting rid of illegal immigration, no matter where its coming from, is that you need to have a good legal apparatus for immigration. -Rand Paul

We must insist on assimilation – immigration without assimilation is an invasion. We need to tell folks who want to come here, they need to come here legally. They need to learn English, adopt our values, roll up their sleeves and get to work. -Bobby Jindal

People are frustrated. This is the most generous country in the world when it comes to immigration. There are a million people a year who legally immigrate to the United States, and people feel like we're being taken advantage of. We feel like despite our generosity, we're being taken advantage of. -Marco Rubio

There is international criminal organizations penetrating our southern based borders, and we need to do something about it. Secure the border, enforce the law, no amnesty, and go forward with the legal immigration system that gives priority to American working families and wages. -Scott Walker

There was reference made to our leaders being stupid. It's not a question of stupidity. It's that they don't want to enforce the immigration laws. That there are far too many in the Washington cartel that support amnesty. -Ted Cruz

Education is the gateway to the American Dream. But today our immigration laws make higher education – a virtual requirement for financial security – out of reach for more than one million undocumented students. -Wendy Kopp

Our laws guarantee all students the right to a K-12 education, regardless of their immigration status. -Wendy Kopp

Even though the method of 'Harvest' was a historical novel, its intentions were that of a modern novel. I'm asking you to think about land being seized in Brazil by soya barons. It's also a novel about immigration. -Jim Crace

I'm on record saying nothing about immigration until we secure the borders. The borders are not secure. -Kevin McCarthy

I think there's an ability to make an immigration system that works. -Kevin McCarthy

Sometimes, of course, there's no quick way to make it through immigration: Different airports have gluts of incoming flights at different times of day, and short of rearranging your flight schedule to ensure you'll land at a low-traffic hour, there's nothing you can do. -Hanya Yanagihara

Once you join the queue for the immigration line, pay attention to what the expeditor tells you. Have your papers ready. Don't have your cell phone out. Take off your hat. Open your passport to the page with your photo and present it to the immigration officer already open. -Hanya Yanagihara

All voices are important, and yet it seems that people of color have a lot to say, particularly if you look through the poetry of young people – a lot of questions and a lot of concerns about immigration and security issues, you name it – big questions. -Juan Felipe Herrera

Laws are getting passed in states like Alabama that basically would punish American citizens who are 'harboring' people. Since the federal government hasn't been able to muster or to get comprehensive immigration reform passed, states are taking it upon themselves to police and enforce laws. -Jose Antonio Vargas

I think everybody could agree that our immigration system is broken. We have not told the truth about it. -Jose Antonio Vargas

As a newcomer to America who learned to 'speak American' by watching movies, I firmly believe that to change the politics of immigration and citizenship, we must change culture – the way we portray undocumented people like me and our role in society. -Jose Antonio Vargas

A broken immigration system means broken families and broken lives. -Jose Antonio Vargas

I am more than an immigration activist. -Jose Antonio Vargas

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to immigration – strong, intense opinions. -Jose Antonio Vargas

I'm more than willing to go to places and talk to people who believe that I am an illegal alien who deserves to be jailed. I want to look them in the eye and say, 'What makes you think I'm any different from you?' I think for our generation, immigration rights is a civil rights issue. -Jose Antonio Vargas

You know, I'm one of millions of undocumented people in this country who are living kind of under the shadows. And in many ways, coming out, it was my way of – at the end of the day, I think we have to tell the truth about this immigration system. And because of that, I had to tell the truth about myself. -Jose Antonio Vargas

I worked for 'The Chronicle' in San Francisco, and immigration is a big issue in that region. -Jose Antonio Vargas

All I've ever done since I was 17 is tell stories. You know, I'm a storyteller. And that's what I'm going to keep on doing, especially now, kind of embracing and making sure that we tell immigration. -Jose Antonio Vargas

When it comes to fighting for citizenship that many people take for granted, there isn't anyone I would not talk to. When it comes to immigration, there isn't any question I will not answer. -Jose Antonio Vargas

Gentrification is a form of immigration, though almost nobody calls it that. -Annalee Newitz

The long-standing wisdom that everyone wins in a single world market has been undermined. Global trade, capital flows, and immigration are declining. -Roger Altman

We can see that immigration has become favorable terrain for the development of Islamism. -Marion Marechal-Le Pen

Fixing a broken immigration system. Protecting our kids from gun violence. Equal pay for equal work, paid leave, raising the minimum wage. All these things still matter to hardworking families; they are still the right thing to do; and I will not let up until they get done. -Barack Obama

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

Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' was a story about the fear of immigration; the bad old bloodsucker swooping in from Eastern Europe and also preying upon 'our' vulnerable women. -Victor LaValle

If I am elected president we will secure the border and we will end the illegal immigration. -Ted Cruz

You cannot grant amnesty. If the American people see us granting amnesty they will never again believe in legal immigration. They will never again support it, and that's wrong for our country, bad for our future. -Marco Rubio

We have a legal immigration system that's outdated, it's primarily based on whether you have family members living here. In the 21st century, it has to be more of a merit-based system, and that is why our legal immigration system is in need of modernization. -Marco Rubio

Bitumen, the new national staple, is redefining the character and destiny of Canada. Rapid development of the tar sands has created a foreign policy that favours the export of bitumen to the United States and lax immigration standards that champion the import of global bitumen workers. -Andrew Nikiforuk

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

America draws tremendous strength from its diversity, which prompts the question, as Congress contemplates comprehensive immigration reform, why are some lawmakers aiming to curb diversity instead of promoting it? -Cedric Richmond

Studies of immigration show that this resistance to heart disease is not just something in African or Chinese genes. When people move from low-risk to high-risk areas, disease rates skyrocket as they adopt Western diets and lifestyles. -Michael Greger

I don't think that the Democrats are doing anything right. They certainly haven't delivered on the promise of creating more jobs for Latinos. They have not delivered on the promise of bringing immigration reform up to the forefront. They had a sitting president; they had both houses of Congress. They could have done something, but they did nothing. -Lionel Sosa

For some time, I've said this issue of comprehensive immigration reform is not just an issue about immigration or human rights or civil rights, it's about our economy. You take 11 million people from out of the dark and into the light. The think tanks have surmised that you are talking about trillions of dollars infused into the economy. -Antonio Villaraigosa

The fact is, when you hear the Republican candidates on immigration, when you see them and hear them talk about contraception, mammograms, abortion, and not the economy, it's clear to me they're moving farther and farther away from the mainstream. -Antonio Villaraigosa

I have fought on the front lines to prevent illegal immigration. I know Donald Trump will stand with me and countless Americans to secure our border. -Joe Arpaio

Every two years for Congress, four years for President, illegal immigration comes out as a political issue. -Joe Arpaio

I want to go to Mexico. I've been stonewalled, so far, by federal officials. I want to go to Mexico, and I want to meet with the top Mexican officials. I want to tell them my past experience and what I can do here as Sheriff to help them get better intelligence and communications on the drug thing, not the illegal immigration thing. -Joe Arpaio

I think most of us in America want our security. There're so many people out there that are fearful and now with this realization of immigration, with the terrorists, we need to have better checks and balances in regards to who's emigrating into our country. -Jan Brewer

I believe that Senate Bill 1070 lit America on fire. I think we've all realized exactly what the situation is. And the people of Arizona have lived with these porous borders and illegal immigration into our state and that people throughout America realize that. Everybody understands the problem except the president of the United States. -Jan Brewer

The fact of the matter is, is that we need our borders secured. Certainly, we realize that there's going to have to be some kind of immigration reform, but I don't believe any of that's going to move forward until our border is secured. -Jan Brewer

I believe in immigration. But I feel people think it would be better if there was an Australian-style points based system so we could actually get a good system. -Boris Johnson

Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence. Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first. They will have the chance to reject today's rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by and for the people. -Donald Trump

But I can tell you another engine for growth and job creation would be comprehensive immigration reform. -Hillary Clinton

I still passionately support comprehensive immigration reform legislation with a path to full and equal citizenship. -Hillary Clinton

We need to stop illegal immigration. We need to put people back to work. We need to cut taxes. -Corey Lewandowski

Congress is the appropriate place to make laws about our country's immigration policy; it is not something that the president gets to decide on his own. -John Barrasso

Innovation happens best when people of different backgrounds come together to solve the world's toughest challenges and, in the process, can create new jobs and opportunities. I'm hopeful that updated immigration policies will encourage entrepreneurs from around the world to help tackle these opportunities in the U.S. -Mike Krieger

After years of mass immigration, falling wages, and surging joblessness, isn't it time we focused on the needs of the people living here today? Isn't it time we got our own people back to work? -Jeff Sessions

The largest untapped constituency in American politics are the 300 million American citizens who have been completely left out of the immigration debate. -Jeff Sessions

How many thousands of lives would be saved if we enforced our immigration laws, our guns laws, and our drug laws? Public safety is not being held hostage by the 'gun lobby,' but by the open borders lobby and the anti-law enforcement lobby. -Jeff Sessions

It is time to stand strong for the American people. It is time to champion the interests of those constantly neglected on the question of immigration: the men and women and children we represent – the citizens of this country to whom we owe our ultimate allegiance. -Jeff Sessions

I am very fond of Jeb Bush. He's a friend; he was a terrific governor of Florida. I worked with him on some immigration and education issues. -Condoleezza Rice

It's a significant contribution if we can get immigration reform done. -Julian Castro

I… now see a rare opportunity to push across the goal line much of the unfinished business of America: investing in our infrastructure and workers, universal healthcare, comprehensive immigration reform and scrubbing a tax code that's out of shape and behind the times. -Xavier Becerra

The question for immigration reform is not if we'll get it done, it's when we'll get it done. It's going to get done. -Xavier Becerra

Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers. We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people. -Donald Trump

My position on immigration has been clear for a long time. I believe the federal government ought to do their job. You know, secure our borders. Come up with an immigration policy that Americans understand and people who want to come to this country understand. -Rick Scott

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

I completely understand why people are concerned about immigration. There's no silver bullet, no one thing you can do to suddenly deal with all the problems and concerns with immigration, and that includes leaving the E.U. -Theresa May

Unfortunately, some judges evidently do not regard a debate in Parliament on new immigration rules, followed by the unanimous adoption of those rules, as evidence that Parliament actually wants to see those new rules implemented. -Theresa May

We can bring immigration down to sustainable levels. -Theresa May

UKIP talk a lot about immigration – but they don't have a serious plan for action. -Theresa May

I believe on the issue of immigration, you have to deal with it sensibly. -Mark Rutte

We will have to accept a certain degree of legal immigration; that's globalisation… In the era of the smartphone, we cannot shut ourselves away… people know full well how we live in Europe. -Angela Merkel

Out of college, I had two job offers. One was to be a canoe instructor for Outward Bound. And frankly, that would have paid better than the job I took, working on a policy commission in Washington that focused on immigration policy and refugees. But that decision made all the difference. -Rob Portman

In my view, our immigration policy means that we have some people who can come into this country – who we might want to say no to – and others, who we might want to attract, who can't currently come in. -Michael Gove

If immigration reform doesn't happen, that doesn't say good things about our democracy, that everybody wants it, but Congress couldn't pass it. -Pete Gallego

My grandmother was not a U.S. citizen. Growing up along the border, you see the real human side of immigration – not the picture often drawn by politicians far removed from the border. -Pete Gallego

I think 'immigration' is a bad word for many Republicans. -Pete Gallego

We all want our border to be secure. However, certain individuals use this argument to stop us from ever enacting immigration reform. -Pete Gallego

One of the things I think a lot about, I am perhaps a great example of the enlightened immigration policy of this country where I was able to come here to study and then stay back and work and build a life. -Satya Nadella

I am very supportive of Donald Trump's call to temporarily suspend immigration from countries where terrorists influence and impact represents a threat to the United States. -Mike Pence

I ask unanimous consent that I be able to deliver a floor speech on immigration reform in Spanish. -Tim Kaine

I always get stopped by security and immigration, telling me, 'Tell me who the terrorist is, or we won't stamp your passport!' The last time that somebody did that to me – at LAX, actually – I was like, 'Hey, don't ever ask a brown girl that in an American airport!' -Priyanka Chopra

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

Congressional opposition to immigration reform or emergency funds doesn't stem from any philosophical objections or differences of principle. It stems from a calculated, petty, selfish rejection of anything Obama proposes. -Donna Brazile

Imagine a libertarian president challenging Congress for meaningful immigration reform. -Gary Johnson

Mark Zuckerberg has started an advocacy group for immigration reform. -George Packer

Climate change joined immigration, job creation, food safety, pilot training, veterans' care, campaign finance, transportation security, labor law, mine safety, wildfire management, and scores of executive and judicial appointments on the list of matters that the world's greatest deliberative body is incapable of addressing. -George Packer

I am glad that our country is starting to have a serious conversation about how to repair our broken immigration system – it is long overdue. -Cory Gardner

Any immigration-reform effort must begin first with border security and enforcement of the law. -Cory Gardner

We must pursue immigration reform – it's something we have to do, something that starts with border security. -Cory Gardner

Dealing with immigration should originate in Congress. The president should not act unilaterally. -Scott Garrett

I don't view our approach as negative. I view our approach that when you have a candidate in a Republican primary make statements that would make his position to the left of Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama on immigration… we need to bring that out to the people. -Chuck Fleischmann

My message on immigration is that the people who want to come to this country, by and large, even those who have done it illegally, are coming for the right reasons, not to take advantage of our welfare system. -Blake Farenthold

The pro-immigration people are really having a fit saying that I don't care about the children. -Blake Farenthold

With President Obama restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, the immigration preferential treatment given to Cubans… no longer makes sense. -Blake Farenthold

We can't get serious about immigration reform until we stop people from crossing the border illegally. -Blake Farenthold

I sit on the House Judiciary Committee, where we've been actively working on concrete solutions to fix our nation's immigration policy, piece-by-piece. -Blake Farenthold

When I was elected to Congress, this was the No. 1 issue businesses brought up. They said that if we want this country to succeed, we need immigration reform. -Elizabeth Esty

If the president wanted to fix our broken immigration system, he could start by securing the border and enforcing the laws already passed by Congress. -Jeff Duncan

While this country has always had a generous immigration policy, we simply cannot condone individuals coming here illegally. -Scott DesJarlais

It is clear that United States immigration policy is badly in need of reform. -Ander Crenshaw

I am pleased to be endorsed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Like Sheriff Joe, I believe that illegal immigration is a major problem that undermines the rule of law. -Ron DeSantis

We 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

President Obama made far-reaching, unilateral changes to our nation's immigration policy despite saying on over 22 different occasions that he did not have the authority to do so. -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

What I find most interesting about the U.S. is this idea of equality. That's what I'm trying to do with immigration. If what the founding fathers said is true, that we are all equal, then let's fight for that. -Jorge Ramos

What I'll say is that Cuban-Americans don't have to deal with the same immigration issues as other nationalities because of the 'wet feet, dry feet' policy. For Cubans, one year after you touch United States territory, you can become a legal resident. -Jorge Ramos

I'm not anti-Muslim; I'm not anti-immigration. -Pim Fortuyn

The Netherlands is not an immigration country. The annual stream of tens of thousands of newcomers, who largely end up as illegal aliens, must stop. -Pim Fortuyn

We should have no immigration at all for a certain time. Then we can look again. -Pim Fortuyn

We need to get around a table, have a serious discussion about the holistic problems in our immigration system, and craft a common-sense solution. -Tony Cardenas

The conversation has become so divisive now on all types of immigration reform that it is really hard to move anything. -Suzan DelBene

We have a lot of folks who talk about immigration reform but haven't put their name on a bill. -Suzan DelBene

SXSW has been a melting pot of ideas and policy on immigration, cybersecurity, privacy, Internet of Things, international trade, and innovation. -Suzan DelBene

Two decades of experience as an entrepreneur and CEO has informed my view that our priorities must stress improving educational outcomes, rebuilding America's infrastructure, lowering health care costs, addressing climate change, reforming immigration, and ushering in an advanced energy economy. -John Delaney

I'm concerned that Speaker Boehner is getting ahead of House Republicans when he commits to getting a 'comprehensive approach' to immigration taken care of 'once and for all.' -John Fleming

The first thing we need is for President Obama to finally enforce current immigration law and strengthen our borders. To take up any other agenda is bad policy for the American people and bad politics for Republicans. -John Fleming

I think what we need to do is to have an immigration system where legal immigration is easier. -Bill Flores

If we build the legal immigration system better, then they come here, and we'll have a whole lot less illegal immigration. -Bill Flores

Communities are suffering, children are suffering, and our immigration policy appears in disarray. -Jeff Fortenberry

A big goal of the liberal Democrats in Congress is to try to do away with any effective cooperation to enforce federal immigration laws. -Trent Franks

Historically, people of color and the Diaspora have been at the bottom of the barrel, even as it relates to immigration. If we don't engage in the discussion, then what is it that we're saying to people? That we don't care? -Marcia Fudge

We deserve quality jobs that pay a living wage, lower college tuition, action on climate change, and comprehensive immigration reform. -Joe Garcia

Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 of the Constitution grants Congress clear jurisdiction with regard to U.S. citizenship and immigration matters. -Paul Gosar

NDAA should be about providing critical funding for our troops, not debating immigration policy. -Paul Gosar

We have farmers in southwestern Yuma, so immigration – they wanted to talk to us about it. -Paul Gosar

We need immigration reform, but we need open-air, smaller bills that are germane to an issue and have an open discussion with the American people. -Paul Gosar

I offered early on – I think I was governor about a month when I met President Obama – and said, 'I would like to visit with you in reference to border security, in reference to immigration. I'd like to be part of the discussion because I lived on the border all my life.' I've never received a call. -Susana Martinez

Whether we buy into the rhetoric or not, one thing has been made clear: Illegal immigration is a problem reaching a breaking point, and something must be done. -Jeanne Marie Laskas

Where there is terrorist activity – Syria or Iraq – we will temporarily suspend immigration until we can establish a vetting system in which we can identify who people are who are coming in. -Paul Manafort

We want to do this methodically, smart, starting with border security then looking at immigration reform measures. -Michael McCaul

We have got to secure the border and enforce existing immigration laws. -Paul Nehlen

We need an immigration policy that works for America First. -Paul Nehlen

We do not need an immigration policy that displaces American workers or American students and drives up costs in education. -Paul Nehlen

Once you've got through immigration, one is always made to feel very welcome in America, once they've let you in. It's a great place to be. -Geoff Dyer

Unfortunately, terror is now linked to immigration, and anyone with dark skin or a beard or a Muslim name is suspect. Russia, France, then the United Kingdom, and now even Germany have no qualms about going far beyond their borders to strike at the enemies of their countries. -P. Chidambaram

Before swearing in new citizens, immigration officials check to make sure prospective citizens weren't on voter rolls or voted before achieving legal citizenship. A citizenship petition can be denied if they were. -Kate Brown

Some conservatives say that whether it's popular or unpopular, imposing strict limits on immigration is the right thing to do, and it must be defended. -Robert Zubrin

The 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

Immigration is the most difficult issue I've ever dealt with, and I've dealt with some tough issues: drones, gays in the military, WikiLeaks, Guantanamo. But immigration is hardest because there are so few people willing to talk and build consensus. Everybody's firmly made up their mind. It's a polarized issue. -Jeh Johnson

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

How can we possibly say the root of the Canadian approach to citizenship and immigration comes from Europe or the United States? I mean, we just don't do the same things. What I've said, very simply, is that unlike other colonies, for the first 250 years approximately, indigenous people were either the dominant force or an equal force. -John Ralston Saul

To argue that it is unconstitutional for local law enforcement to be a legitimate partner in immigration enforcement is shortsighted. It is evidence of a lack of commitment to securing our borders and a lack of appreciation for the proper role of the states in supporting federal law enforcement priorities. -Asa Hutchinson

To suggest that immigration is the exclusive domain of the federal government, disallowing partnerships with local law enforcement, defies the will of Congress, not to mention reality. Numerous local jurisdictions have laws on the books dealing with immigration in a variety of ways. -Asa Hutchinson

Proper training and federal supervision in state-federal partnerships are essential to both assuring constitutional rights and enforcing our immigration laws. Our Founding Fathers' concept of federalism does not prohibit such cooperation, and we have learned from experience that joint efforts work best. -Asa Hutchinson

I have dear friends of mine who represent real Republicans. Goldwater Republicans. Strong on defense. Tough on immigration. Fiscal conservatives. -Alec Baldwin

The Muslim Representative from Minnesota was elected by the voters of that district, and if American citizens don't wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration, there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Koran. -Virgil Goode

We need to stop illegal immigration totally and reduce legal immigration and end the diversity visas policy pushed hard by President Clinton and allowing many persons from the Middle East to come to this country. -Virgil Goode

You won't hear the leadership in the Republican Party admit it, but there are many in the House and Senate who know that illegal immigration has to be stopped and legal immigration has to be reduced. We are giving away the country so a few very rich people can get richer. -Virgil Goode

I fear that in the next century we will have many more Muslims in the United States if we do not adopt the strict immigration policies that I believe are necessary to preserve the values and beliefs traditional to the United States of America and to prevent our resources from being swamped. -Virgil Goode

Romney says he loves immigration. -Virgil Goode

One: balance the budget now, not later. Two: Get Americans jobs by ending illegal immigration and making legal immigration harder. Lastly: Impose term limits. -Virgil Goode

I do not love immigration. I think immigration has been harmful to the United States. I think it's brought more persons more dependent on the government into this country. -Virgil Goode

There's a huge cost that comes with illegal immigration. -Virgil Goode

When President Barack Obama is trying to persuade Americans not to do something, he has a go-to line: 'That's not who we are.' Whether the issue involves discrimination, immigration, torture, criminal violence or health care, he invokes the nation's very identity. -Cass Sunstein

Legal immigration is the primary source of low-wage immigration into the United States. -Jeff Sessions

The E.U.'s tax and regulatory policies, climate-change and welfare spending, and free immigration even in wartime are gradually ruining Europe. That's why I believe Brexit is good for British freedom, political autonomy, and the survival of democratic capitalism. -Lawrence Kudlow

On immigration, Trump needs an articulate policy that aims to secure the border and keep out illegals while letting in skilled legal workers. -Lawrence Kudlow

Former Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming, the co-author of the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli immigration reform bill, has said the failure of that bill was a function of the lack of an ID card system. -Lawrence Kudlow

While the Pence-Hutchinson immigration reform idea is not perfect, it does represent a useful discussion point for future action. As diplomatically and kindly as possible, with all the greatest respect for differing points of view, let me just say that the Tancredo-Buchanan attack on Mike Pence is nuttier than a fruitcake. -Lawrence Kudlow

In the past, I have been an immigration reformer, not a restrictionist. -Lawrence Kudlow

European countries simply do not have the ideological framework the United States has in the shape of the 'American dream' that has helped to absorb successfully wave after wave of immigration to the States, including Muslim Americans who are well integrated into American society. There is no analogous French dream or German dream. -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

During the campaign, Trump in many ways repudiated President Obama's national security and foreign policy approach on issues like the Iran nuclear deal and immigration. So there's a real question of continuity or disruption with Trump, which wouldn't have existed if Clinton was president-elect. -Peter Bergen

The United States didn't ban Italian immigration in the 1920s because a small minority of Italians became members of the Mafia, and the country is a richer place for it. -Peter Bergen

America's future as the global leader in innovation remains in the balance until our immigration system is fixed. A large portion of a reform package should focus on updating our system to better reflect the business landscape and market realities of the 21st century. -Brad Feld

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

On immigration, Europe is in danger of displaying the worst of itself: selfishness, haphazard decision-making and rows between member states. -Paolo Gentiloni

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. -Donald Trump

Evangelicals and conservatives are voting as Americans and are voting to save our nation to control immigration, to stop terrorism, to bring jobs back to the country. -Jerry Falwell, Jr.

Our communities have been deeply enhanced by immigration, be it of Irish Catholics across the constituency or of Muslims from Gujarat in India or from Pakistan, principally from Kashmir. -Jo Cox

We need to secure our southern border. Clearly, the southern border is now a nexus between immigration and national security. It's a sieve. -Ryan Zinke

I want very much to see some sort of compromise reached in the area of immigration… so that we could move on to other issues. -Ken Cuccinelli

If immigration reform was easy, Congress would have dealt with it 15 years ago. -Jack Kingston

The Obama administration has been weak and inconsistent in enforcing immigration laws. -Jack Kingston

It's more complex than just slapping up a wall. We have got to take a look at all the complexities in terms of eliminating the incentives for illegal immigration. -Ron Johnson

The only area that I would agree with minimum wage is in immigration reform, the guest worker program. -Ron Johnson

We're at a point right now in our development in this country – setting the immigration issue aside – that you can't ignore the sheer population of us in metropolitan areas all across the country, of how significant Latino-ness is in the United States. -Jimmy Smits

We don't have a divine right to success. So I agree with a lot of politicians out there when they say, 'We've got serious issues.' We do: immigration, infrastructure. I think income inequality's one of them. -Jamie Dimon

Trump is a cultural candidate for president, not an economic one. He clearly loves America and wants America to stay America. America won't be America if it has open borders and mass Muslim immigration. -Milo Yiannopoulos

Naming me 'Twinkle' was a foolproof way of making sure that I would get teased throughout my life, have immigration officers at various airports stare at my passport and shake with hysterical laughter, and strangers stalk me with WhatsApp messages like, 'Twinkle, Twinkle, little star, I hope you get hit by a car!' -Twinkle Khanna

While not a panacea for the nation's illegal immigration problems, employer sanctions are one necessary means of stopping the exploitation of vulnerable workers and the undercutting of American jobs and living standards. -Coretta Scott King

We need comprehensive immigration reform. Dr. King wouldn't be pleased at all to know that there are millions of people living in the shadow, living in fear in places like Georgia and Alabama. -John Lewis

Immigration is tough. My daughter-in-law is going through the immigration process as we speak. -Keith Kellogg

There will be no use of military forces in immigration. There will be no – repeat, no – mass deportations. -John F. Kelly

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

There's an immigration problem in every country that has money, in that people there have a problem with immigration. -Michael Pena

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

Without a policy restricting immigration, it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to fight against communalism and the rise of ways of life at odds with laicite – France's distinctive form of secularism – and other laws and values of the French Republic. -Marine Le Pen

France can certainly accommodate foreign people on its soil long-term, those with foreign citizenship… as long as they respect French laws and French values, which is often a problem on the immigration issue. It's not really a problem with Israel on this topic. -Marine Le Pen

What we're concerned about is massive immigration of unskilled workers, mostly from the Maghreb and Africa, which pulls down salaries in France. -Marine Le Pen

I am opposed to those who have an ideological vision of immigration, and I think that, given the situation in France, it must stop. -Marine Le Pen

There is, toward the Front, a suspicion of anti-Semitism, and it is totally at odds with the real danger due to mass immigration and the rise of Islamism. -Marine Le Pen

Behind mass immigration, there is terrorism. -Marine Le Pen

Before there was radical Islam, immigration and terror didn't mix. -Greg Gutfeld

The explosion of jihad and its desire to export its contagious madness to all areas of the world have changed the way we view immigration. -Greg Gutfeld

Trump's policies are a mix of fairly traditional things. Even his immigration stuff isn't really that new. -Greg Gutfeld

What would be the political benefits to Obama of an amnesty? It could weld Hispanics to the Democratic Party, would be wildly popular with the ideological and Christian Left, and quietly welcomed by those Chamber-of-Commerce Republicans who have silently supported amnesty and secretly want immigration off the table in 2016. -Pat Buchanan

The bedrock of this country are immigration and, really, a great separation between church and state. -Shahid Khan

Toronto is a world-class city. You don't have a debate here about immigration because you need it to just maintain your pensions: that's dependent on people coming in to fund that. And again, I don't want to be controversial, but I think the average education level in Canada is probably higher than in the United States. -Shahid Khan

If we don't do a better job of getting illegal worker immigration policies in place, it's going to be a significant impediment to a number of industries. -Thom Tillis

If the U.S. doubled its total immigration and prioritized bringing in new workers, it could add more than half a percentage point a year to expected GDP growth. -Kevin Hassett

The Republican Party needs to be very, very careful that it maintains the Golden Rule in its rhetoric regarding immigration policy. -Sonny Perdue

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

I don't happen to believe, by the way, that immigration policies that single people out because of religion, for instance, are fair and just. -Bob Iger

We cannot allow voters to fall for the spin that a vote to leave is the only way to deal with concerns about immigration. We can do far more to address both the level and impact of immigration while remaining in the E.U. -Jo Cox

When you have a system that increases border security funding by about 300 percent, and it only increases funding for immigration courts by 70 percent, you have a disaster. -Marc Veasey

If we can find a way to enforce our laws and keep people from coming into our country illegally while maintaining a strong legal immigration system, I think that's going to benefit everyone. If you come here illegally, and you commit a crime, you're not going to be able to stay in our country. -Ronna McDaniel

The only real solution is comprehensive immigration reform that secures our borders and provides a path to legal status for non-felons who are here without proper legal documentation. -Jon Ossoff

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

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

The Republicans are whistling past the graveyard. If we don't change our policies on immigration, you're going to be looking at Iran Deal after Iran Deal after Iran Deal. I can count on Americans to protect Israel. I don't count on foreigners to care about Israel, and that's who's coming in to vote. -Ann Coulter

Americans don't want immigration. They don't want any more. Why can't we have a home? You see on 'National Geographic,' 'Oh, the indigenous people, they have a home.' Everyone else can have a home. We are the only people on Earth not allowed to have a home. -Ann Coulter

It's always good, when it comes to immigration, to always be paranoid. You can never be too paranoid. -Ann Coulter

Know when cities and states refuse to help enforce immigration laws, our nation is less safe. -Jeff Sessions

In the 2012 campaign, the president successfully transformed the most intense conservative positions into liabilities on immigration and the role of government. -John Dickerson

As President Trump quickly moved to limit immigration, civil rights, and environmental protections, I felt fear for my young children, and guilt, too – as if I'd somehow betrayed the unspoken contract all parents make to give our children a better life than ourselves. -Laura Moser

Wishy-washy equivocations – and not just on abortion, but on immigration, on civil rights, on income inequality – weaken all of us. -Laura Moser

Whenever I meet a Korean, I ask about their immigration history. -John Cho

I remember my father taking us to meeting with lawyers, interviews with immigration officers, doing everything he could to get us that treasured Green Card – and the happiness, the sense of relief, when he finally did – we knew that we were welcome now, and we would be welcome tomorrow. -Dara Khosrowshahi

The power of immigration, the power of the American dream, if you think about the American dream, it is the best brand out there. -Dara Khosrowshahi

First and foremost, immigration is important to me. I think immigration has implications for everything else that is done. So securing the border, that would be priority one for me. That is, to me, most important. -Tomi Lahren

I don't know why legal immigration even exists anymore when I can just put on some bronzer, get on a dingy boat, and just show up at the beaches of Sicily with the Koran in my hand. -Lauren Southern

It seems as though our leaders have almost forgotten about legal immigration and are just leaving our borders open, which is a detriment culturally, financially, and in a lot of other realms for native people. -Lauren Southern

We need to enact comprehensive immigration reform, to bring people out of the shadows and empower them to more fully and freely participate in their communities and the economy. And we need to invest in our nation's deteriorating infrastructure – investments that would create jobs and benefit all sectors of the economy. -Tom Perez

I'm not backing down on immigration. I'm not backing down on the wall. -Luther Strange

When President Trump and I arrived in Washington, there was a new sense that the crisis of illegal immigration would now be taken seriously. -Luther Strange

Under President Obama, we saw an unwarranted extension of amnesty programs which neglected the root of the illegal immigration crisis. We saw a troubling lack of urgency in addressing the sanctuary cities which subvert the rule of law. -Luther Strange

Immigration is a federal issue. The failing of Washington to implement an immigration system that works for our families and our businesses – it's Washington's failure. For us locally in Colorado, it's really important that all people here feel comfortable with their local law enforcement. -Cary Kennedy

Only Congress can treat the gaping wound that is our broken immigration system. -Jared Polis

We can pass practical, comprehensive immigration reform. -Jared Polis

While most of my public service work centers on improving our schools and fixing our broken immigration system, I also strongly stand for personal freedom. -Jared Polis

Secure the border; have an ID system that works. Have a guest worker system. And then, finally, hold businesses accountable. Once you do that, most of the chambers of commerce and those who are clamoring around immigration will take a deep breath and relax. -John Hickenlooper

Refugee policy is only one part of immigration law needing a drastic overhaul. -Tom Tancredo

It's great that Trump has engendered a heated debate over illegal immigration and our open borders. -Tom Tancredo

We must give Trump credit for asking many politically incorrect questions and challenging mainstream Republican dogma on immigration. -Tom Tancredo

When I first arrived in the U.S. House of Representatives, I naively believed that it was primarily the Democrats who were committed to open borders. But I quickly learned the entire Republican establishment also supported a policy of immigration non-enforcement. -Tom Tancredo

Conservatives have welcomed Trump's attacks on the establishment, have cheered his boldness, and have applauded his courage. He has taken on hitherto taboo issues like immigration enforcement and has demonstrated the hollowness of what passes for conventional wisdom. -Tom Tancredo

If voters' anger is the hallmark of the 2016 campaign, nothing has generated that anger as much as the establishment's decade-long duplicity on immigration. -Tom Tancredo

It takes real courage and conviction to attack the establishment from within and makes waves as big as a tsunami. Ted Cruz has done that – consistently and successfully – on immigration and other issues like Obamacare, voting rights, and the 2nd Amendment. -Tom Tancredo

The power of Political Correctness is demonstrated by the entire political establishment coming to the defense of open immigration from Muslim-majority nations. -Tom Tancredo

There is a debate in Ukip as to how strong we should be on the immigration issue. I personally think we should own it. -Nigel Farage

UKIP believe that immigration can be an extremely positive thing. But it has to be controlled. -Nigel Farage

Donald Trump believes in nation-state democracy; Hillary Clinton used the E.U. as a prototype for a larger global union. Donald Trump believes in sensible immigration controls. -Nigel Farage

The only people to whom myself and the immigration issue is toxic are to the well-heeled committed Remain voters, the sort of people who live in the Hannan and Carswell world. -Nigel Farage

Certainly in a world where terrorism is a daily reality in the news, it's easy for people to be afraid. But the fact is that we laid out very clearly – and Canadians get – that it's actually not a choice between either immigration or security: that of course they go together. -Justin Trudeau

One of the reasons why Canadians are generally positively inclined towards immigration is we've seen over decades, over generations, that it works. -Justin Trudeau

The fact is Canadians understand that immigration, that people fleeing for their lives, that people wanting to build a better life for themselves and their kids is what created Canada, it's what created North America. -Justin Trudeau

Throughout our history, Canada's immigration policy has brought people here who had a pathway to citizenship. They were – and are – nation builders. It has been supported by political parties of all stripes and promoted by successive governments over generations. -Justin Trudeau

If Donald Trump wants to pass comprehensive immigration reform, I will work with Donald Trump. -Tom Perez

Everybody has a different interpretation of immigration problems, and it's a highly personal experience. If anyone tells you there is a uniform solution to it, there isn't. As far as I'm concerned, it worked for me. And I don't know how to fix the problem. -Om Malik

We must pass immigration reform. -Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Republicans can't always agree on where to cut spending. They certainly can't agree on what to do about entitlements. There isn't a unified foreign policy vision, and there's no consensus on immigration reform. -Kristen Soltis Anderson

When polled on Donald Trump's agenda, though pluralities of young people oppose his policies on immigration and healthcare, there is one issue where Trump's position wins outright majority support, even among young Democrats: trade. -Kristen Soltis Anderson

There's a big debate in the U.S. about immigration reform. We need to reflect on who's feeding this country today, why this community has been ignored. -Diego Luna

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

In the late '80s, the U.S.S.R. loosened its restrictions on immigration. When the government was like, 'Y'all wanna bounce?' my family, along with tens of thousands of other Jews ran for the door in an attempt to make a better life in America. -Milana Vayntrub

I've been going through immigration all my life, and I've been stopped for traffic violations by cops, and they get much more curious about me than the regular guy. The moment they hear my accent, things get a little deeper. -Guillermo del Toro

There are issues that are being questioned that are fundamentally upsetting to me, deeply: immigration, funding for the arts, Planned Parenthood, and women's rights. These are just issues that are very close to my heart, and I use my own private voice and funds to fight for them and in support of them. -Zac Posen

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

What we wouldn't want to see is just a piece of legislation on border security and high tech immigration without focusing on the path to citizenship for the 11 million people who are here, and other provisions. -Valerie Jarrett

We need a new tax system. We need entitlement reform. We need immigration reform. These are not easy things. But it is going to take our political system working better. -Henry Paulson

I see nothing easy in Washington. I see either analytically simple things that are politically complex or those that are politically complex and analytically complex. I mean, look at immigration reform, you know? It is, I think, analytically easy, but politically very, very complex and very difficult. -Henry Paulson

The policies we debate and enact in Congress have a real impact on people across the country. Climate change, immigration, economic inequality – each of these issues have become hot button, partisan topics, but support or opposition on these pressing issues shouldn't come down to party. -Mike Quigley

We should put hardworking families first by voting on legislation to create jobs, raise wages, provide equal pay for women, invest in education, protect voting rights, and pass comprehensive immigration reform. -Jan Schakowsky

President Obama's executive actions on immigration are designed to temporarily address major flaws in our broken immigration system. -Jan Schakowsky

For far too long, the Republican leadership in Congress has refused to act and pass comprehensive reform fixing our broken immigration system. In light of Republican inaction, I strongly support President Obama's executive actions on immigration. -Jan Schakowsky

I will continue to stand strongly with my fellow House Democrats, with immigration reform advocates and with millions of hard-working, law-abiding families who want simply to remain together and contribute to our great country. -Jan Schakowsky

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

As a Democrat, it's easy for me to talk about immigration. For my Republican friends, they could get criticized from the Right in their party. -Brad Schneider

I strongly support the bipartisan immigration measure previously passed by the Senate, and when I served in Congress I was proud to have helped introduce the House version of the bill. I also strongly support the DREAM Act. -Brad Schneider

Passing comprehensive immigration reform and making DACA and DAPA permanent will free people from living in the shadows of fear from deportation to be able to pursue higher education, buy homes, start businesses, and expand our economy and strengthen the communities of the 10th district and our nation. -Brad Schneider

We've been agreeing on a strict immigration policy to Norway for a long time. It's supposed to be fair, but it's supposed to be strict. -Erna Solberg

When you are a country that is economically well-off – we are not leaving people to live on the street without help – then you have to be strict on immigration because you become the most attractive country to go to. -Erna Solberg

Xenophobia is defined as the uncontrollable fear of foreigners. That fear should not dictate the immigration dialogue any longer. -Elizabeth Flock

Business has to stand up on behalf of its employees, on behalf of immigration, on behalf of its customers, and on behalf of supply chain-cum-globalization. -Richard Edelman

The problems of the world, from immigration to populism to income inequality to sustainability to peacekeeping, require a well-functioning supranational body. -Richard Edelman

Everyone agrees that our immigration system is broken. Building a wall with Mexico isn't going to fix it. -Raja Krishnamoorthi

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

It is in our national interest for Congress to act on immigration reform in a comprehensive manner. -Dan Lipinski

Comprehensive immigration reform should be debated and passed by Congress. -Amy Klobuchar

In Minnesota, we tend to be a little more open to immigration. -Amy Klobuchar

While jobs, education, and healthcare rank among the top issues for Latino voters, immigration is a threshold issue. -Luis Gutierrez

If you are opposed to immigration or support strictly punitive immigration measures, you cannot even start a conversation about other issues with most Latino voters. -Luis Gutierrez

DACA is a lifeline for individuals who have grown up in the U.S. but who lack immigration papers. -Luis Gutierrez

U.S. v. Arizona is a landmark case not just because of the constitutional issues related to who regulates and enforces immigration, but because of its civil rights implications, too. -Luis Gutierrez

I understand the frustration provoked by our broken immigration system. But 50 state immigration policies are just a recipe for more chaos. -Luis Gutierrez

Democrats and Republicans agree on most of a unified, politically viable, and workable immigration reform package. Both parties agree that border security is a key part of any strategy. -Luis Gutierrez

Senator Obama and I had been on the same side of many fights, and we had worked together on the issue that is most urgent to me – comprehensive immigration reform. -Luis Gutierrez

As a Democrat from Illinois, as a member of Congress who believes in and admires President Obama, it genuinely pains me to say that the facts show that this president has done no more to solve our immigration crisis than George W. Bush. -Luis Gutierrez

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

If immigration reform is bad for America's workers, then why does virtually every group that represents American workers support it so enthusiastically? -Luis Gutierrez

We need the federal government to assert their supremacy over the immigration issue and make it clear to state legislatures, cowboy cops, and the American people that the federal government is in charge and effectively enforcing and regulating immigration. -Luis Gutierrez

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

The issue of immigration is one of the most complex and politically difficult issues because there is so much passion on all sides. -Luis Gutierrez

I live in Arizona. I think the Hispanic people are amazing. I think when people talk about illegal immigration… it does them a disservice. -Charles Barkley

Until a legislative solution to the nation's outdated immigration system becomes a priority for Congress, the right administration will need to examine a broad range of executive actions to enact immediately in the face of a 'Do Nothing Congress.' -Nicholas Gonzalez

We need to be very careful in making judgment on opening borders and adopting immigration policies, as these are areas where political and emotional elements feature prominently. -Alain Dehaze

Germany has got to deal with its global responsibilities in a mature way. There has been insufficient thought to immigration law, and we need to differentiate between different kinds of migrants. There are valid refugees whose lives are at risk at home. -Joe Kaeser

I am a Democrat and disagree with virtually all of President Trump's policy positions, including those on healthcare, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, immigration, global warming, gun control, and tax 'reform.' -Eva Moskowitz

Hope is not the basis for policy. Wise policymakers analyze major issues such as immigration carefully and look at facts and probabilities instead of just hoping for the best. -Laura Ingraham

Recent history shows that leaders in both parties are fanatics on the topic of immigration, and they cannot be trusted to effectively enforce any significant border measure. -Laura Ingraham

Open borders would be clear access to this country without going through a legal immigration process, and that's exactly what Mrs. Clinton is wanting us to do. -Darryl Glenn

We must fix our immigration system so we control who comes and goes, and that starts by securing our southern border. -Carlos Beruff

Immigration policy is a complicated issue. Or perhaps one should say immigration policies are complicated, since we have many different immigration laws and practices which interact in complex ways. -Bill Kristol

It's not like Mexicans have an illegal immigration organ in their body and at 14 kicks off a hormone and shows them how to come to the United States illegally. It's a question of desperation for a vast majority of them. -Luis Alberto Urrea

I'm always fascinated by the disjunct between what's really happening on the ground and the propaganda machine that feeds America alarmist news about immigration. -Luis Alberto Urrea

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 just think that if we are going to call ourselves pro-life, we must also agree that starvation and poverty and disease and immigration and health care for all and war and peace and the environment are also pro-life issues. -Glennon Doyle Melton

Issues like immigration, police brutality, and other onerous laws put in place by local and state governments are prime avenues for active clergy to work with their parishioners on the issues that affect their daily lives. -Anthea Butler

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

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

We have to have legal immigration, which has to be something that benefits our country. -Wendy Long

The immigration laws of the United States should not be used to buy and sell political favors. -Wendy Long

We know that the United States Senate has passed comprehensive immigration reform. We know it can happen. And that, to me, is what we need to do. We have a broken immigration system. And I say this because we are a country that has always opened our doors. That's who we are. -Catherine Cortez-Masto

If we are going to deport Dreamers, and if we are going to deport undocumented individuals, our economy is going to take a big hit. That is why businesses across the country and in Nevada support immigration reform, support Dreamers, and support passing immigration reform to keep undocumented individuals in our state. -Catherine Cortez-Masto

Send me to Washington, and if I can't make a difference, I'll voluntarily come back after just one term. Cut the deficit, slash illegal immigration in half, fix our horrific tax system – or I'll come home and help find somebody that can. That's my product guarantee. -Robert Blaha

We must end illegal immigration, period. -Robert Blaha

Florida doesn't need an immigration law. -Carlos Lopez-Cantera

I always thought I'd become an immigration lawyer. -Su-chin Pak

Congress makes immigration law. It's that simple. That is how our system works. -Kirstjen Nielsen

The Chinese are welcome to invest in industries in Malaysia. But just as we would not welcome mass immigration of Indians or Pakistanis or Europeans or Africans into Malaysia, we have to adopt the same stance on Chinese immigration into Malaysia. -Mahathir Mohamad

There's something in the Latino community called 'la promesa de Obama' – Obama's promise. He made very specific promises to the Latino community. He committed to enacting comprehensive immigration reform within his first year. -Ana Navarro

Immigrants are not the real problem. The real problem is much more serious: intolerance and hatred of indigenous ethnic groups. You can prohibit immigration, but what can you do about non-Russian ethnic groups living in their native territories in Russia? -Margarita Simonyan

Americans are defined by a history of immigration in pursuit of freedom and opportunity. We are more individualistic, enterprising, and protective of liberties that most Europeans do not expect, such as owning guns, working 70-hour weeks, or appreciating nature as it goes by at 60 mph on a snowmobile. -Jacob Weisberg

The Trump administration has been characterized by adhocracy during its initial months. The initiative limiting immigration is a case in point. The new policy was not vetted fully within the administration – indeed, then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates first read the decision after the text of the new executive order was published online. -Richard N. Haass

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

If black lives mattered, I believe that policing and immigration enforcement would not be the devastating force that it is in our communities. -Opal Tometi

In my own personal experience, I've had different family members who have been held in immigration detention because they've had some sort of challenge financially, and they were making difficult decisions, and that led to their immigration detention and, eventually, deportation. -Opal Tometi

Trump's racism has clearly driven his policy decisions during his first year in office – from his Muslim ban and his despicable treatment of DREAMers to his ruthless ramp-up of immigration raids and the callous termination of protections for Haitians and Salvadorans who fled natural disaster and violence. -Opal Tometi

There was a time when my uncle was in an immigration detention center, and members of our community would take turns visiting him each weekend. That instilled in me the value of taking care of each other even if the systems aren't working in your favor. -Opal Tometi

The fact that the immigration issue was the first thing Trump took aim at was a good thing for me, because it's what I spent my life working on. It became a place to see what we've become as a country, and how overreach can actually serve to bring those of us on the Left and Democrats together. -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

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

Certainly there are many Congress members who have been arrested in the past on immigration issues and will continue to because we all understand that staying silent is not an option. -Pramila Jayapal

People who think that the immigration system is easy and people should just apply legally – it just isn't that easy. -Pramila Jayapal

I've always believed that immigration is really about who we are as a country and what we're willing to stand up for. -Pramila Jayapal

The immigration process is so unbelievably complicated and expensive and endless! -Debra Granik

Before ICE, we had Immigration and Naturalization Services, but it wasn't until about 1999 that we chose to criminalize immigration at all. And then, once ICE was established, we really kind of militarized that enforcement to a degree that was previously unseen in the United States. -Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

I support immigration, provided the people come through legally, and that is based upon merit. -Corey Stewart

When you receive national recognition for leading the nation's toughest crackdown on illegal immigration and serving as Donald Trump's Virginia State Chairman, you get used to being falsely labeled as racist and xenophobic by the mainstream media, especially by 'The Washington Post''s editorial board, which has labeled me as such things for years. -Corey Stewart

Here are the facts: In 2007, I led Prince William County in adopting a policy of (1) inquiring into the immigration status of every person arrested for a crime; and (2) implementing the federal 287(g) program, which deputizes County Jail officers to determine the immigration status of every inmate. -Corey Stewart

A Trump presidency – neutral between dictatorships and democracies, opposed to free trade, skeptical of traditional U.S. defense alliances, hostile to immigration – would mark the collapse of the entire architecture of the U.S.-led post-World War II global order. -Bret Stephens

Automation has emerged as a bigger threat to American jobs than globalization or immigration combined. -Oren Etzioni

Any country must establish control over its borders. That is essential to sovereignty and the security of our citizens. But America, at our best, has balanced that political, legal, and social objective with an appreciation for the benefits of immigration and a sense of respect for the dignity of all human beings. -Ben Rhodes

I'll stand with President Trump and get tough on illegal immigration. -Matt Rosendale

Liberals from California to Washington are fighting President Trump on illegal immigration. -Matt Rosendale

Our communities will become more – not less – dangerous when local police officers are pulled from their duties to arrest otherwise law-abiding maids, busboys, and day laborers for immigration violations. -Kevin de Leon

Drafting local police into Trump's immigration crackdown undermines public safety and is a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars. -Kevin de Leon

We will not lift a single finger or spend a single cent to be a cog in the Trump deportation machine, and we won't be complicit in his effort to make American great again by reengineering the legal immigration system. -Kevin de Leon

Many of the libertarian entrepreneurs who only want the government to leave them alone have simply forgotten how important government research, public education, and immigration policy are to Silicon Valley's long-term success. -Glenn Kelman

I feel really strongly about immigration because my mom is… from Jamaica. She still has a green card here. -Ayesha Curry

Without immigration, nations would stagnate. It is key for innovation and for economic growth. -Taavet Hinrikus

The removal of people of Japanese descent from their homes and their incarceration in camps were executed with the same sort of political calculus of fear and bigotry that Mr. Trump is using to redefine American immigration policy. -Michiko Kakutani

It is common sense that in our immigration courts, where children fleeing devastating violence abroad often find themselves, kids need lawyers to advocate on their behalf. After all, lawyers go to school for years to understand the nuances of our legal system. -Patrick Leahy

Unless the immigration issue is tackled in a constructive way, Mexico and the United States will probably revert to a historic cycle of confrontation and recrimination. -Denise Dresser

NAFTA was conceived to avoid discrimination against goods. A U.S.-Mexico treaty on immigration should be devised to prevent discrimination against people. -Denise Dresser

I don't care if people like Trump or hate him, if they voted for him or not; people just want to have a good time. They don't want to hear about immigration or whatever on a record or at a show. -Shooter Jennings

Anybody that says I don't have any experience in immigration cases doesn't know what the hell they're talking about. -Michael Avenatti

It is important that we enact immigration reform. -Susan Collins

We desperately need comprehensive immigration reform in this nation, and yes, comprehensive immigration reform proposals are nuanced and complicated, but you know what shouldn't be? Our capacity to see each other's humanity. -Ayanna Pressley

We need a permanent solution to TPS recipients and develop a path to citizenship. And, more fundamentally, we need to ensure that our immigration policies treat those coming to this country with the dignity and compassion that should be afforded to all human beings and immediately stop tearing families apart. -Ayanna Pressley

If elected, I will work with federal leaders to rehouse the non-immigration enforcement functions of ICE – including human trafficking and money laundering investigations – elsewhere in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security while immediately eliminating funding for enforcement and removal functions. -Ayanna Pressley

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

That's the primary mission of ours: to protect the border, enhance the border, and capitalize on what the border has to offer. It's the source of jobs, source of positive immigration stories. -Beto O'Rourke

What David Duke was preaching to me in 1978 about the Klan and what the Klan wanted to do regarding immigration is the same rhetoric, the same position that Donald J. Trump advocates and ran on and is trying to implement. -Ron Stallworth

The immigration flows have to be controlled. We have to know who comes into Italy. The problem shouldn't be left to oversized, dysfunctional, nongovernmental groups. -Beppe Grillo

We've had a debate about immigration in New Zealand for some time. Now what we're trying to champion in that conversation is a recognition that New Zealand has been built off immigration. I myself am a third-generation New Zealander. -Jacinda Ardern

Multiculturalism for any western country is a massive issue. The lack of integration, the increase of crime, violence, and mistrust in society, the segregation created due to mass immigration, these are only the beginning phases of something I fear will almost certainly get more worse and violent. -Lauren Southern

I think, in Australia, the no-go areas wouldn't be as bad as in Europe because they've got less mass immigration, but I've heard some pretty bizarre stories about riots, attacks. -Lauren Southern

I'm against immigration. -Gavin McInnes

I grew up in a border state. I think immigration is an essential part of American history and American culture. -Meghan McCain

Maybe in Luxembourg there's a need for new immigration, but in Italy, there's a need to help people have children. -Matteo Salvini

The biggest problem in Italy is work. And out-of-control immigration damages the labor market because Italians can't compete with illegal workers who are being exploited. So to restore dignity to work, we must control immigration. -Matteo Salvini

On immigration, the League and Five Star's positions start from notable distances. -Matteo Salvini

If Macron thinks there is no immigration crisis in Italy, he should open his doors to the 9,000 migrants France agreed to welcome from Italy in accordance with signed European agreements. -Matteo Salvini

What we're going to do is have an immigration system that's in our national interest, and that's not what we've had up until now, We've had freedom of movement, which means we haven't been in control of who enters our country – those individuals have, just because of their nationality. And that's going to change. -Sajid Javid

It might sound strange coming from a home secretary – I'm a big fan of immigration and what it means for our country, in terms of how it makes us stronger. -Sajid Javid

I want to start by making a pledge, a pledge to those from the Windrush generation who have been in this country for decades and yet have struggled to navigate through the immigration system: This never should have been the case, and I will do whatever it takes to put it right. -Sajid Javid

I see neither the sense nor the need to stick to an immigration figure devised nearly a decade ago, which has never been met and does not fit the requirements of the country. -Sajid Javid

Setting an immigration target reduced to the tens of thousands is one thing when unemployment is running at 8 per cent. Refusing to review it when the country nears full employment and sectors are reporting skills shortages is quite another. -Sajid Javid

I've used the word 'compliant' environment, and what that means is it's absolutely right that we have an environment in terms of our immigration policy that distinguishes between people that are here legally and those that are here illegally. -Sajid Javid

I do think that we need more of a balance between merit-based and familial-based immigration. -Mike Coffman

I just think that Stephen Miller is completely tone deaf when it comes to reforming our immigration system. -Mike Coffman

The Dream Act will be a nightmare for the American people. No doubt, we need immigration reform, but the Dream Act is written far too broadly, and it will only encourage more illegal immigration, promote chain migration, and will be a magnet for fraud. -Mike Coffman

We're going to do whatever is necessary to build the border wall, to stop this ongoing crisis of illegal immigration. -Stephen Miller

The Democrat Party has a simple choice. They can either choose to fight for America's working class or to promote illegal immigration. You can't do both. -Stephen Miller

Donald Trump has a very radical idea, and that's that when we make changes to our immigration laws, the group we should be most concerned about are everyday, hardworking Americans, the citizens who make this country run, who obey the laws, follow the rules, pay their taxes, show up and vote – the people who are loyal to this country. -Stephen Miller

If Democrats oppose a border wall, they're just saying they want continued, unendingly illegal immigration. -Stephen Miller

The typical jobs that a lower-skilled immigration worker might do might be construction work, it might be hospitality work, it might be restaurant work, or might be not working at all and just going onto the welfare system if there isn't a job for that individual. -Stephen Miller

Stopping new illegal immigration – preventing the effects that will have on our schools, on our hospitals, on our welfare system, on our wage earners – will save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. -Stephen Miller

No nation can have the policy that whole classes of people are immune from immigration law or enforcement. It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, period. The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law. -Stephen Miller

The U.S. government has a sacred, solemn, inviolable obligation to enforce the laws of the United States to stop illegal immigration and to secure and protect the borders. -Stephen Miller

One of the major conclusions of the 9/11 Commission is that there were enormous security vulnerabilities in our immigration system. 9/11, in that sense, really begins the effort of our country to try to shore up our immigration system to deal with this very complex and very far-reaching threat. -Stephen Miller

What you do on immigration policy, what you do on education policy, what you do on tax, regulatory, and energy policy, all connects together – and will be based on a simple determination about what will make life better in America for American citizens. -Stephen Miller

The media tends to cover immigration issues through the frame of how it impacts everybody but actual citizens of the United States. -Stephen Miller

People don't appreciate the extent to which we've set in motion a substantial and long-overdue change to U.S. immigration policy, simply by directing the DHS to use existing laws and authorities. -Stephen Miller

The year I married my American husband, I won the lottery – and I tried to give it to somebody else, because I was already approved – not the money lottery, the immigration lottery. -Catherine O'Hara

To advocate both for more immigration and for faster wage growth for the working and middle class is to work at cross-purposes. -Edward Conard

Unfortunately, we have to dial down low-skilled immigration. We have to recognize that there is more unemployment among the lesser-skilled workers than among the most-skilled workers. -Edward Conard

Justin Trudeau had a message of asking Canadians to have trust in our immigration system. The problem is Canadians don't have trust in the Liberals to manage it. -Andrew Scheer

Our immigration policy should be based in compassion and a desire to help the other. -Ilhan Omar

I've never met a Democrat in Congress who wants open borders or who doesn't believe in enforcing immigration laws. -Chris Murphy

We are not against immigration, but we want to have control on immigration. We want to decide who is allowed to come into Austria. We should not let human traffickers decide. -Sebastian Kurz

We have to stop illegal immigration in order to ensure security in Europe. -Sebastian Kurz

The government rightly resisted pressure to accept Free Movement of people from E.U. countries, to allow us to regain control over our immigration policy. -Dominic Raab

We never have been closed to immigration. -Esther McVey

Lost in the often-vitriolic national quarrel over immigration reform is any examination of proposed measures that would result in excessive punishment, such as detention and deportation, for the most minor offenses. -Rashida Tlaib

When I think of immigration, I want to think of families. I want to think of unity. I want to think of a safe place, you know, free of persecution, a place where we can welcome a child that is hungry. -Rashida Tlaib

I went to a predominantly African-American school. I didn't even understand our immigration system. I knew my parents immigrated here. -Rashida Tlaib

If we value children and family, there's a great need for change, and we should try immigration reform – create a path for citizenship for people already here, update the visa system. -Diane Guerrero

While awaiting deportation proceedings, my parents remained in detention near Boston, so I could visit them. They would have liked to fight deportation, but without a lawyer and an immigration system that rarely gives judges the discretion to allow families to stay together, they never had a chance. -Diane Guerrero

Neighbors broke the news that my parents had been taken away by immigration officers, and just like that, my stable family life was over. -Diane Guerrero

Every day, children who are U.S. citizens are separated from their families as a result of immigration policies that need fixing. -Diane Guerrero

I want immigration reform to come into fruition, and I want it to be comprehensive, and I want it to have a path to citizenship, and I want to be involved politically every day. -Diane Guerrero

Even kids who haven't had firsthand experience with the immigration system, I want them to know how families are affected and what kind of system is in place. -Diane Guerrero

I think people want immigration reform. I think people want to see a path for citizenship. I don't think we as a country want to discuss this in the way we do. I don't think we want to separate families. I don't think that's part of our values. -Diane Guerrero

We need comprehensive immigration reform so that we're not creating this cycle of poverty and depression and everything that comes with separating a family. -Diane Guerrero

We have to educate our communities about the immigration system and dispel the myths that have been fed to us. Immigration isn't going to go away. A wall isn't going to 'solve' the issue. -Diane Guerrero

Few people are as well-situated to speak about the laudable benefits of a humane immigration policy than me. -Gad Saad

At the basis of a country's immigration policy is the recognition that a country has the right to pursue its interests first, and whenever it wishes to be altruistic and humane, this is instantiated without ever risking the danger of its citizens and/or its cultural values. -Gad Saad

Even as evidence mounts that immigration is bolstering the British economy, the political consensus seems to be that bashing immigration boosts electoral fortunes. -Mehdi Hasan

One of the hardiest myths in British public life is that there is a conspiracy of silence on immigration. Liberals and leftists, it is alleged, have bandied together to prevent debate or discussion of 'mass immigration' into the U.K., caused by Labour's 'open door' policies. -Mehdi Hasan

The BJP has a zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism and is determined to equip the Indian armed forces with modern and hi-tech equipment and take steps to restrict illegal immigration. -Yogi Adityanath

Environment, homelessness, infrastructure and immigration – I'm very focused on all four, which are critical to the success of Los Angeles. -Eric Garcetti

If a sanctuary city means that our police department does not enforce federal immigration laws, then we are one. But declaring yourself a 'sanctuary city' also signals to a lot of people that you are protecting hard-core criminals, which I don't, and I don't believe in. -Eric Garcetti

Latinos are not monochromatic. You know, they trace their ancestry back to South America, to Central America, to Mexico, like in my family, and the Caribbean. And it's – we're a very diverse group. And we care about a lot more than just immigration, though we're passionate about having sensible immigration policies that don't go after our families. -Eric Garcetti

The public must have confidence in our ability to control immigration – in terms of type and volume – from within the E.U. That is why, once we have left the E.U., this government will apply its own immigration rules and requirements that will meet the needs of U.K. businesses, but also of wider society. -Amber Rudd

The U.K. government has been clear that it wants to use the opportunity of leaving the E.U. to design a future immigration system that works in the best interests of the country. A key part of this system must be creating an environment that allows us to achieve sustainable levels of net migration. -Amber Rudd

We must keep attracting the brightest and best migrants from around the world. And we must implement a new immigration system after we leave the E.U. that gives us control and works in all of our interests. -Amber Rudd

As home secretary, I will work to ensure that our immigration policy is fair and humane. -Amber Rudd

I'm passionately committed to making sure our world-leading institutions can attract the brightest and the best. But a student immigration system that treats every student and university as equal only punishes those we should want to help. -Amber Rudd

We should be able to have a conversation about immigration; we should be able to have a conversation about what skills we want to have in the U.K. and whether we need to go out of the U.K. in order to get them to boost our economy, and I don't think we should have a situation where we can't talk about it. -Amber Rudd

Sometimes a politician gets up and talks about British values and what we think that means, and we can be knocked down quite harshly, but I don't think we should be. I think we should be able to talk about British values and about immigration without people saying, 'Oh, you're just being like a crazed other party.' -Amber Rudd

I would like to get immigration enforcement right. I think that there is a problem there, and it needs some really careful analysis and a brutal look at who's doing what and who's got what powers where. -Amber Rudd

I have traveled around Minnesota and addressed many issues, and immigration is one of those issues. -Tim Pawlenty

Cracking down on illegal immigration was a key priority when I ran in 2002, 2006, and during my time as governor. Illegal immigration is a big problem, and it needs to be strongly addressed. -Tim Pawlenty

Legal immigration should emphasize merit and meeting the needs of the U.S., including specific unmet workforce needs. -Tim Pawlenty

I'm a living testament to the value of immigration. I escaped a civil war, and I came to Canada as a refugee, and they gave my family protection. I did my best to pay that country back, and I think I did that. -Chamath Palihapitiya

I think when you think about immigration, what we need to do is realize that that human capital, if put in a place to succeed, will literally sacrifice everything. -Chamath Palihapitiya

Similar to how 'Abolish ICE' rang the bell on this huge crisis on immigration, unifying around not taking corporate-PAC money gets everybody to pay attention to big money in politics. -Saikat Chakrabarti

In my essay for 'The Good Immigrant,' I write about how concerns about race and immigration crept up on me a bit because of how I grew up and my background – I was quite fortunate, really; I never got the rough end of the stick with a lot of that kind of stuff. -Himesh Patel

The inhumane treatment of families turned an immigration issue into an immigration crisis. -Stephanie Ruhle

Not one of the 9/11 terrorists entered through Mexico – and yet Mexicans bore the brunt of this country's immigration response to the terror attacks. -Beto O'Rourke

At almost every step of modern immigration policy and immigration politics, we have exacerbated underlying problems and made things worse. -Beto O'Rourke

If we had an immigration policy, sanctuary cities would not be the symptom that manifests itself. -John Layfield

The self-righteous supporters of mass immigration think the rest of us are stupid and evil. -Peter Hitchens

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