We are a nation founded by immigrants. Bold men and women left their homes and families, braved incredible dangers and endured terrible hardships to come to this continent and create a new way of life in the wilderness.
The descendants of those hardy and self-reliant pioneers have become content, and many of them have accepted a dogma which teaches that this country owes them, and them alone, a life free of work and competition.
This nation owes nothing more and nothing less than life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This country is open to any who would work to enjoy the fruits of prosperity.
No one is too good to have to compete in the pursuit of happiness. Your ancestors may have come over on the Mayflower itself. That did not grant them any special rights — and it does not grant you any special rights.
This country needs the infusion of strong new blood from a new generation of hardy pioneers. These new pioneers will help bring prosperity to this nation much as our own ancestors did several hundred years ago.
A Human Rights Watch Report
A national bar association of over 6,000 attorneys who practice and teach immigration law
Lutheran Churches in Action
Communication Center and Advocacy Forum for the reform, correction and modification of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responbilitiy Act of 1996
Working to advance the legal and civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans
The National Immigration Forum embraces and upholds america’s tradition as a nation of immigrants
A national support center to protect and promote the rights of low income immigrants and their family members.
Immigrant Rights are Human Rights
Economic and demographic facts relevant to immigration, facts that may be helpful to persons of all opinions and interests in reaching conclusions about immigration policy.
Comprehensive reform would provide a predictable, legal, and modestly growing labor force that would, in turn, allow our market economy to produce a wider and more affordable array of goods and services for American households, raising living standards for the large majority of American workers. It would reaffirm our ideals as a nation that has traditionally welcomed immigrants who come here to work hard and build better lives for themselves and their families.
Rather than seeking to block flows of people that naturally follow from trade and investment within a common market, we should work to make sure these movements occur under circumstances that are beneficial to all concerned, promoting growth in Mexico, minimizing costs to the United States, and protecting the rights of immigrant and native workers.
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore
Send these the homeless tempest-tost to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
— Emma Lazarus: The New Colossus
The bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent and respectable stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and religions, whom we shall welcome to participate in all of our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment. — George Washington.