The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all of the people.
On only one occasion does the Hebrew bible command us to love our neighbor, but in 37 places it commands us to love the stranger. The stranger is the one we are taught to love precisely because he is not like ourselves.
What makes someone American isn’t just blood or birth, but allegiance to our founding principles and faith in the idea that anyone—from anywhere—can write the next chapter of our story.
Remember, remember always, that the vast majority of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.
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.
Nikola Tesla was an immigrant. So were Joseph Pulitzer and Albert Einstein and Igor Stravisky. Rational, compassionate immigration reform is needed so that the next Teslas and Einsteins are not denied access to educational or entrepreneurial opportunities in the United States. The time has come.
It’s about who we are as a country, and who we want to be for future generations.
I support concrete and progressive immigration reform based on three primary criteria: family reunification, economic contributions and humanitarian concerns.
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
You shall not oppress the alien; you well know how it feels to be an alien, since you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt.
When an alien resides with you in your land, do not molest him. You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; have the same love for him as yourself; For you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt.
So you too must befriend the alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt.