There is no doubt that immigrants contribute to the greatness of the U.S. Immigrants make America better and immigration makes the country stronger. It is good to reflect on the important contributions made by immigrants towards building the economy and helping make the country prosperous.
Immigration is one of the hot-button issues in the U.S. Many strongly believe that immigration reform will help the U.S. economy, the mixed-status families and also strengthen communities. It will also help the country to attract the best entrepreneurs, doctors and engineers.
There has always been great support for immigration and following are few quotes about immigration by great Americans:
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
–Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd U.S. President and one of the most influential presidents who helped the Americans regain faith in themselves.
“Our attitude towards immigration reflects our faith in the American ideal. We have always believed it possible for men and women who start at the bottom to rise as far as the talent and energy allow. Neither race nor place of birth should affect their chances.”
–Robert F. Kennedy, U.S. Senator from New York, who worked for civil rights for African Americans and fought organized crime.
“We came to America, either ourselves or in the persons of our ancestors, to better the ideals of men, to make them see finer things than they had seen before, to get rid of the things that divide and to make sure of the things that unite.”
–Woodrow Wilson, the 28th U.S. President, who believed that if immigrants saw themselves as Americans, the country would be free of the racial fights.
“I take issue with many people’s description of people being illegal immigrants. There aren’t any illegal human beings as far as I’m concerned.”
–Dennis Kucinich, Former U.S. Representative, who believes that the U.S. must have in place a balanced immigration system that promotes human rights and family values.
“The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources―because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples.”
–Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th U.S. President who signed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 that changed the country’s immigration laws and that had a profound effect on immigration into the U.S.
“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, the Australian American business magnate, who is urging the lawmakers in the U.S. to pass immigration reform.
“Immigration is not just compatible with but is a necessary component of economic growth.”
–U.S. Rep. (R.,WA) Dave Reichert, who supports immigration reform.
“We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.”
–Mitt Romney, Former Governor of Massachusetts and the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the U.S. in the 2012 presidential election.
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