Source: Citizens for Laws

Immigration has been an issue in our nation for much of it's existence. Here is a sampling of what a few important people have had to say about it through the years.

"But in this country, it's phony to say, 'I'm for the environment but not for limiting immigration.' It's just a fact that we can't take all the people who want to come here. And you don't have to be a racist to realize that."

-Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day

"A nation without borders is not a nation"

-Ronald Reagan

"We need to quit subsidizing the costs for illegal immigrants' residency in America immediately. How long will we allow them to siphon millions upon millions from honest taxpaying Americans by supporting their health care, welfare, education and criminal expenses?"

-Newt Gingrich

"If the government can't track illegals, then let's outsource the job to UPS or FedEx."

-Mike Huckabee

"How is it that we can militarily overthrow a military government like Iraq, yet we can't militarily keep illegalities (drugs and aliens) from crossing our borders?"

-Chuck Norris

"The ongoing migration of persons to the United States in violation of our laws is a serious national problem detrimental to the interests of the United States."

-Ronald Reagan

“The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, or preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

"Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: Those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave." "...for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process."

-Barbara Jordan, Testimony to the House Immigration Subcommittee, February 24, 1995

"For an American citizen to vote as a German-American, an Irish-American, or an English-American, is to be a traitor to American institutions; and those hyphenated Americans who terrorize American politicians by threats of the foreign vote are engaged in treason to the American Republic."

-Theodore Roosevelt, 1915

"Americans should be told that diseases long eradicated in this country – tuberculosis, leprosy, polio, for example – and other extremely contagious diseases have been linked directly to illegals. For example, in 40 years, only 900 persons were afflicted by leprosy in the U.S.; in the past three years, more than 7,000 cases have been presented."

-Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz., told the Business Journal of Phoenix

"First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually. Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the same.... Secondly, the ethnic mix will not be upset…. Contrary to the charges in some quarters, [the bill] will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area."

-Ted Kennedy (D-MA) assuring voters in 1965 that the passage of the Immigration Act could not change America's ethnic balance

"...If liberals think Iraqis are genetically incapable of pulling off even the most rudimentary form of democracy, why do they believe 50 million Mexicans will magically become good Americans, imbued in the nation's history and culture, upon crossing the Rio Grande? Maybe we should dunk Iraqis in the Rio and see what happens...."
-Ann Coulter

"A man who thinks of himself as belonging to a particular national group in America has not yet become an American, and the man who goes among you to trade upon your nationality is not a worthy son to live under the Stars and Stripes."

-Woodrow Wilson

"In the book of Nehemiah (Chapter 4), we learn that border security is so important that the people of Jerusalem were told to rebuild the wall "with a tool in one hand, and a sword in the other hand". Christians are supposed to be charitable, but not foolish. If someone comes to your door and asks for water, give them water -- and food, and a coat, if they need it. But, if someone breaks into your house, you don't adopt them!."
- Tom Kovach

"There are some benefits [that illegal aliens] clearly ought not have...[including] health benefits and welfare benefits and others that serve as a magnet attracting people here from other countries."
- Henry Cisneros

"…Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them, and will never adopt our Language or Customs, any more than they can acquire our Complexion..."
- Benjamin Franklin

"As a nation with a long history of immigration and commitment to the rule of law, this country must set limits on who can enter and then credibly enforce our immigration law."
- U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform (1995)

"Illegal is anything that is against the law including drug trafficking, smuggling, terrorism or crossing the border into a country. Undocumented is anything that can no longer be verified including unemployed American workers who no longer qualify for unemployment benefits and are no longer counted in statistics. What a sorry nation we are becoming when we allow corporate political correctness to pervade our daily speech. Illegal means illegal."
- Peter Romanenko, Waco, Texas

"The laws should be rigidly enforced which prohibit the immigration of a servile class to compete with American labor, with no intention of acquiring citizenship, and bringing with them and retaining habits and customs repugnant to our civilization."
- Grover Cleveland

"If we do not get control of our borders, by 2050 Americans of European descent will be a minority in the nation their ancestors created and built. No nation has ever undergone so radical a demographic transformation and survived."

-Pat Buchanan

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