Quotes on immigration

Few of their children in the country learn English…
The signs in our streets have inscriptions in both languages …
Unless the stream of their importation could be turned they will soon so outnumber us that all the advantages we have will not be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious.
~founding father Benjamin Franklin, in an essay titled “The Support of the Poor” from May 9th, 1753, speaking about the influx of………Germans

“It was never the African American, because they didn’t come here by choice.  They were forced to be here.
So….at first it was the Catholics.  People wanted to build a wall to kick them out. (sound familiar?)
Then it was the Irish during the potato famine
After the civil war, it was the Chinese.  They actually had to prove their residency in this country, as witnessed by atleast two white-Americans!
Then it was the Greeks….then the Italians….
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a long history of saying ‘they’ will take our culture from us, ‘they’ will destroy our way of life.  And I simply don’t think that’s true.  “
~David Simmons, attorney at law, immigration practice, and professor at DU school of law

I have traveled more than anyone else,
and I have noticed that even the angels speak English with an accent.
~Mark Twain,
“Following the Equator”

“Seriously let’s call this debate what it is.  It’s not the ‘immigration’ debate.  It’s not about ‘immigration’. Nobody gives a rat’s ass when Chinese people come here, legally OR illegally and open up a restaurant.  No one bats an eyelash when someone gets smuggled in from Russia.  No, this is not the ‘immigration debate’.  Let’s just call it wat it is.  This is the ‘what are we gonna do about all the Mexicans?’ debate.
And it’s not fair and it’s not right.”
~former host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart

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