100+ Best Immigration Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational immigration quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

Famous Immigration Quotes

I have only one loyalty and that’s to the immigrant community. — Luis Gutierrez

It’s perfectly reasonable and responsible policy for any nation to maintain its sovereignty, to protect its borders. And [Donald] Trump does not believe in ending immigration. He’s never proposed that. — Jeff Sessions

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

I worry that the Senate is working to consider a series of little-noticed provisions in comprehensive immigration reform that may provide a pathway to a national ID card for all individuals present in the United States – citizens and noncitizens, — Rand Paul

Any attempt to wriggle, especially from leadership candidates who campaigned to leave the EU by focusing on immigration, will be unacceptable to the public. — Theresa May

Marco Rubio said he was personally open over a long period of time to offering a path to citizenship for immigrants here illegally. Rubio’s work on a comprehensive immigration bill is one of his biggest vulnerabilities with Republican primary voters. — Ted Cruz

What they are doing is disarming in the battle to stop illegal drugs and illegal aliens. — Lamar S. Smith

I am confident – very confident – that if I help solve this problem in a way that we won’t have 20 million illegal immigrants 20 years from now, not only will I get re-elected, I can look back and say I was involved in something that was important. — Lindsey Graham

When you take comprehensive, then we’re dealing with certain issues like full citizenship … And whatever else we disagree on, I think we would agree on that that’s a more toxic and contentious issue, granting full amnesty. — Herbert Spencer

The Alien bill proposed in the Senate is a monster that must forever disgrace its parents. — James Madison

There’s definitely a huge gap between the elite and public perceptions on immigration. — Mark Krikorian

The United States needs to be made more appealing to legal immigrants. — Mitt Romney

I think something substantial will pass out of the House at some point during this term. — Justin Amash

I’m Latina. I was born with high heels. We crossed border in high heels. We were running from immigration…I can do aerobics in heels. — Eva Longoria

People come here penniless but not cultureless. They bring us gifts. We can synthesize the best of our traditions with the best of theirs. We can teach and learn from each other to produce a better America… — Mary Pipher

At least 99.92% of illegal immigrants and visa overstays without known crimes on their records did not face removal. — Jeff Sessions

I think that was the smartest thing [immigration policy], he [Donald Trump] is done in his whole campaign there . — Eric Bolling

I will argue until my last breath for a pathway to citizenship that is quick and efficient because I want to end this chapter. I want to end it…But let me say, conversely, I am as committed as any Republican to ending illegal immigration as we know it…They want to end it. So do I. — Luis Gutierrez

Uruguay is a country which has grown from immigration, people from all over. That is our origin. — Jose Mujica

I’m for the environment but not for limiting immigration. — Gaylord Nelson

Securing the border is priority number one. — Mitt Romney

Donald Trump has quietly rolled out an immigration plan with specifics and everyone wants specifics. He’s got immigration with specifics, a black and Hispanic outreach plan with specifics. — Eric Bolling

The interesting point is that the polarization is not so much among the public, although there’s some of that. The polarization on the immigration issue is really between the elites and the public. In other words, this is not so much a right-left issue, which it is partly. — Mark Krikorian

If you have to deal with our friends at ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, it’s like a Kafka novel. Files just disappear. — Jeb Bush

We need to fix our legal immigration system. — Carly Fiorina

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

I support local solutions to illegal immigration as protected by the 10th amendment. I support making English the official language of all documents and contracts.. — Rand Paul

We feel a pathway to citizenship would reward illegal activity, … Amnesty encourages further illegal immigration. — Elaine Chao

Without taking enforcement actions against all criminal aliens, programs such as Secure Communities may result in large numbers of identified criminal aliens being released back into the society which, of course, is an unacceptable outcome for our communities. — Candice S. Miller

Conservatism has always been about reforming government and solving problems, and that’s why the conservative movement should lead on immigration reform. — Marco Rubio

There are a few things that were disconcerting, the stories about the private security firm not having enough people, supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging. — Mitt Romney

There’s a lot of overconfidence about this bill. We’re going to expose it. It will not pass. — Jeff Sessions

I can’t come up with any good reason why they [the INS] would unilaterally disarm. — Lamar S. Smith

Donald Trump has a plan, that he laid out in Arizona, that will deal systematically with illegal immigration, beginning with border security, internal enforcement. It’s probably why for the first time in the history of immigrations and customs enforcement, their union actually endorsed Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, because they know they need help to enforce the laws of this country. — Mike Pence

I know that many Irish-born New Yorkers are caught in the trap of our federal immigration policies. If we are going to continue to attract the best and the brightest – and Ireland has more than its fair share – we need to inject some common sense into our immigration laws, and I’m doing my best to make that case in Washington. — Michael Bloomberg

I support legal immigration. — Heather Wilson

Stop illegal immigration. Stop these trade deals that are taking jobs from Americans. Build an economy that works for the people at the bottom, not just the ones at the top. — Mike Huckabee

I intend to have protections for the L.G.B.T. community in there. I’m not going to make choices between that community and the non-L.G.B.T. community. — Patrick Leahy

I do not want to leave in [U.S.] … I cannot make that clear enough to immigration authorities who may be listening to this interview. I don’t want to leave, so please don’t make me. — John Oliver

This isn’t all going to be done in one day, either. — Jeff Flake

These guidelines contemplate a policy that will grant special benefits to illegal immigrants based on their unlawful presence in the country. — Mike Lee

We will hear more details on [Donald] Trumps plans on addressing illegal immigration in the speech tonight, including what Trump plans to do about those 11 million illegal immigrants already in the U.S. — Kellyanne Conway Federal funding for cities who consider themselves sanctuary cities should be reduced. — Mitt Romney This is a radical jihadist group that is increasingly sophisticated in its ability, for example, to radicalize American citizens, in its inability to exploit loopholes in our legal immigration system, in its ability to capture and hold territory in the Middle East, as I outlined earlier, in multiple countries. — Marco Rubio An employer verification system must be implemented to ensure jobs are not given to illegal immigrants. — Mitt Romney Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery. — Jack Paar The bigger the population gets, the more serious the problems become… We have to address the population issue. The United Nations, with the U.S. supporting it, took the position in Cairo in 1994 that every country was responsible for stabilizing its own population. It can be done. But in this country, it’s phony to say ‘I’m for the environment but not for limiting immigration.’ — Gaylord Nelson I do not believe the border is secure and I still believe we have a long, long way to go. — John Cornyn You are going to hear many things from Mr. Trump today in his speech on immigration. One, no amnesty. He is absolutely going to build that wall. Thats been the center piece of his campaign from day one. — Kellyanne Conway

Again, something that’s very strange and odd, you will find sometimes that immigrants that have been here for many years and already have their citizenship might be the ones against additional immigration. We’ve seen that also. — Philippe Falardeau

We are going to enforce the law of America and strengthen immigration and customs enforcement with more resources and personnel to be able to do that, and then Donald Trump has made it clear. Once we have done all of those things, then we are going to reform the immigration system that we have in this country. — Mike Pence

Donald Trump’s laid out a plan to end illegal immigration once and for all in America. We’ve been talking it to death for 20 years. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine want to continue the policies of open borders, amnesty, catch and release, sanctuary cities, all the things that are driving wages down in this country. — Mike Pence

I think comprehensive immigration reform while securing your border and dealing rationale with 11 million is the only way we’re going to solve this problem. — Lindsey Graham

I don’t support an amnesty.(Cornyn) demands an ongoing focus on security and workplace enforcement before considering steps to grant legal status, let alone citizenship. — John Cornyn

Hillary Clinton is for sanctuary cities. She’s for catch and release. She’s for open borders. She’s actually considerably to the left of President Obama on the issue of immigration. — Kellyanne Conway

He had ‘deep concerns’ with the pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants under consideration by the group, calling it ‘profoundly unfair’ to legal immigrants. — Ted Cruz

A lot of conservatives, a big part of the Republican base don’t like his position on common core, don’t like his position on immigration. — Jeb Bush

The truth is I was Labor’s last immigration minister and you have a right to hear directly from me about what that job involved, the choices that involved and how that lends us to think very carefully when we use words like ‘compassion, [that] we actually know the exact context. — Tony Burke

Ending illegal immigration only strengthens legal immigration. — Mitt Romney

I want immigration reform to pass, I want people to be able to come out of the shadows. — Marco Rubio

Immigration security is national security. — Kellyanne Conway

Actually, the inability of any society to resist immigration, the inability to find other solutions to the problem of employment at the lower, more physical, and menial levels of the economic process, is a serious weakness, and possibly even a fatal one, in any national society. The fully healthy society would find ways to meet those needs out of its own resources. — George F. Kennan

When we have had in the past programs that have said that the people who come here illegally are going to get to stay illegally for the rest of their life. That’s going to only encourage more people to come here illegally. — Mitt Romney

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

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

In fact, I think we’re less safe. We get so distracted by all of the information, we’re not spending enough time getting specific immigration – specific information on terrorists. — Ted Cruz

You know why you have to give Donald Trump credit, whether you don’t like him or not? He opened the door.Now there’s a lot of talk about immigration. That’s good. Nobody wanted to talk about it. — Joe Arpaio

Imagine a legal immigration system that welcomes and celebrates those who come to achieve the American dream. — Ted Cruz

Reform immigration to make it easy for individuals to come over here, be documented, pay taxes – immigration reform is needed to state that its about work, its not about welfare… Set up a grace period where they can get a work permit… social security card so that they can pay income tax, social security, Medicare. — Gary Johnson

Immigration was probably the driving thing behind Brexit. — Tony Blair

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

Let’s start that conversation by acknowledging we aren’t going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants. If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you. — Rand Paul

What we are seeing is there is a lot of anger out there about the failure of the government to resolve the immigration crisis. — Mark Potok

It is so difficult to, day in and day out, hear these incredibly painful stories of the destructive nature of our broken immigration system. — Luis Gutierrez

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

The Congress talks and talks and talks and talks, but doesn’t act. I’m going to continue to work with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to bring about comprehensive immigration reform. — Luis Gutierrez

We know that a ready amnesty tends to be an invitation to more illegal entries. — Jeff Sessions

By keeping labor supply down, immigration policy tends to keep wages high. Let us underline this basic principle: Limitation of the supply of any grade of labor relative to all other productive factors can be expected to raise its wage rate; and increase in supply will, other things being equal, tend to depress wage rates. — Paul Samuelson

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

I think [ immigration] is still is a problem, whether it’s 11 million or 2 million. Why is it – why have the situation decreased? Are we going to say because of the crackdown or are we going to say that the jobs are not here? — Joe Arpaio

The thing is, is that every terrorist attack we’ve had since 9/11 has been legal immigration. — Ted Cruz

You’re never going to have a legal immigration system that works if you grant amnesty. — Marco Rubio

I had not been involved in any way in planning the event in Mobile. My staff maybe, had really been contacted, but I had never talked to Donald Trump about him coming to Mobile, and I decided – I had something else to do but it became so clear that it was going to be such a big event that I should be there. And he had already adopted my immigration views, in large part, and he was saying things I thought were valuable, about immigration. — Jeff Sessions

I’m not anti-immigration. — Mickey Kaus

Those who have come to the United States illegally should not be given amnesty or an easier path to citizenship over those already in line. — Mitt Romney

What I put forward was an amendment that would have temporarily halted immigration from high-risk terrorist countries, but would have started it up, but I wanted them to go through Global Entry, which is a program where we do background checks. — Ted Cruz

The only people benefiting from the status quo in immigration in the USA are the people trafficking human beings across the border, and the people who are hiring illegal labor for cheap purposes. — Marco Rubio

I’m not anti-Muslim, I’m not anti-immigration; I’m saying we’ve got big problems in our cities. It’s not very smart to make the problem bigger by letting in millions more immigrants from rural Muslim cultures that don’t assimilate. — Pim Fortuyn

It would cost Americans their jobs when they have to compete with millions of more [immigrants] for scarce jobs. — Lamar S. Smith

Extending amnesty to those who came here illegally or overstayed their visas is dangerous waters…We are a nation of laws, and I will evaluate any proposal through that matrix. — Jim Sensenbrenner

I’m a big supporter of immigration. — Malcolm Wallop

There seems to be a lot of momentum behind immigration reform. — Justin Amash

If you didn’t have employers able to pay off the books and off the record safely in cash, you wouldn’t have illegal immigration on nearly the scale that we do. — Kenneth Rogoff

Let’s be very clear first off. Nothing has changed about Donald Trump’s position on dealing with illegal immigration. — Mike Pence

Of 472 civilian occupations defined by the Department of Commerce, only six are majority immigrant (legal and illegal). These six occupations account for 1 percent of the total U.S. workforce. Many jobs often thought to be overwhelmingly done by immigrants are in fact majority native-born: 51 percent of maids are U.S.-born, as are 63 percent of butchers and meat processors, and 73 percent of janitors. — Mark Krikorian

Immigration is a gateway basically. It’s a check-off point for Latino voters. — Jeb Bush

There will never be a bill without a pathway to citizenship signed by the president…And in turn there will never be a pathway to citizenship without a new immigration system replacing the current one. — Lindsey Graham

Amnesty will not help balance our budget … In fact, a large-scale amnesty is likely to add trillions of dollars to the debt over time, accelerate Medicare’s and Social Security’s slide into insolvency and put enormous strain on our public-assistance programs. — Jeff Sessions

I am not the ‘illegal’ you think I am, and immigration is not what you think it is, — Jose Antonio Vargas

It’s going to take a while for some of these things. — Jeff Flake

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