Illegal Immigration Quotes

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Bangambiki Habyarimana
“I asked a man who took a death boat to Europe across the treachelous waters of the Mediterranean from Libya
"Why are you taking this death boat".
"I am already dead." He said. This is my coffin. If I succeed to get to the other side, I get a new life. If I fail, I loose nothing. I remain what I am now: Dead.”
Bangambiki Habyarimana

Michael Ben Zehabe
“Luz cleared her throat. “I’ve always said, ‘Getting a foothold in a country that doesn’t want you is daunting, but determination and good manners can go a long way.’ So, be careful. Gays are outsiders too . . . just like us.”
Luz smiled. “But, life in the shadows isn’t so bad.”
“You don’t have a Green Card?” Zoe asked.
“No. And I’m not attracted to men. But I’ll never be Mexican again. I’m a child of free enterprise, wandering through an international marketplace. I may only work in a nail salon, but at least I’m part of America’s circus of self-invention.”
Michael Benzehabe

William Safire
“In lieu of those checks and balances central to our legal system,
non-citizens face an executive that is now investigator, prosecutor,
judge, jury and jailer or executioner. In an Orwellian twist, Bush's
order calls this Soviet-style abomination 'a full and fair trial.”
William Safire

NoViolet Bulawayo
“Aunt Fostalina says when she first came to America she went to school during the day and worked nights at Eliot’s hotels, cleaning hotel rooms together with people from countries like Senegal, Cameroon, Tibet, the Philippines, Ethiopia, and so on. It was like the damn United Nations there, she likes to say.”
NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names

Sergio Troncoso
“Again, this week as I walked on Broadway, in front of giant photographs of voluptuous supermodels at a Victoria Secret mega-store, who was rebuilding the sidewalks? With sweaty headbands, ripped-up jeans, and dust on their brown faces? Their muscled hands quivered as they worked the jack-hammers and lugged the concrete chunks into dump trucks. Two men from Guanajuato. Undocumented workers. They both shook my hand vigorously, as if they were relieved I wasn’t an INS officer.

I imagined how much money Victoria Secret was making off these poor bastards. I wondered why passersby didn’t see what was in front of their faces. We use these workers. We profit from them. In the shadows, they work to the bone, for pennies. And it’s so easy to blame them for everything and nothing simply because they are powerless, and dark-skinned,and speak with funny accents. Illegal is illegal. It is a phrase, shallow and cruel, that should prompt any decent American to burn with anger.”
Sergio Troncoso, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays

Sophie Hardach
“You think it's impossible to be a passive fighter? Well, sometimes fighting just means existing. Existing, not going away, and quietly biding your time.”
Sophie Hardach, The Registrar's Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages

Abhijit Naskar
“Better have an immigrant without papers, than a child without parents.”
Abhijit Naskar

Dianne Harman
“Don't let any of 'em in the room 'til my guy gets what he needs. We'll be outta here before they get their gloves on.
Tea Party Teddy's Legacy”
Dianne Harman Author

Luanne Rice
“We're keeping them alive," she said. "Sweetheart, the fence, the wall, is inhumane. People are dying."
"That's their choice,"he actually said. "They come here illegally, that's the chance they take."
"When did you get so hard?" she asked, holding his face between her hands. "They're human beings like us, looking for a better life for their families. You understand that, don't you? You did it for us."

"It's a humanitarian crises," she said. "And you're part of the problem. That's why you can't sleep at night.”
Luanne Rice, The Lemon Orchard

“Laws ostensibly directed at undocumented immigrants inevitably affect the treatment of lawfully present immigrants and citizens who share the ethnic, racial, or national origin characteristics of undocumented immigrants.”
Pratheepan Gulasekaram, The New Immigration Federalism

Angel  Martinez
“You sure that’s a dog, sir? Looks like an illegal immigrant pooka to me”
Angel Martinez, Finn

Ted Conover
“Often they are mentioned in the same breath as drugs that are smuggled across, or terrorists that might try to be. What crosses the border is dangerous; the Southwest is our 'exposed flank.' There is a nagging fear that we've gone to sleep with the back door unlocked.

"In Mexico the migration is less imagined and more concrete. It's something people from the poorest and most remote corners of the republic have participated in for years -- at least as far back as 1848, when the United States, through the Mexican War and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, acquired nearly half of their country, stranding many Mexican nationals in a foreign land. Then, as now, migration has been recognized to be a two-way street, of people leaving home for a while, working, and then mainly returning home. The relatively fast pace of American industrialization, coupled with Mexico's economic and demographic crises, has accelerated the movement north. Today, if you are among the majority of Mexicans -- those with very little money -- working in the United States is not merely something you hear about, but something you might consider. It is one of life's few options.”
Ted Conover, Coyotes: A Journey Through the Secret World of America's Illegal Aliens

“America is not, nor has it ever been, the world's full-service homeless shelter.”
Michelle Malkin, Open Borders Inc.: Who's Funding America's Destruction?

“The Trump administration's willingness to put in place strong measures to curb illegal immigration despite the media and political backlash actually helps black Americans.”
Horace Cooper, How Trump Is Making Black America Great Again: The Untold Story of Black Advancement in the Era of Trump

“The Democratic Party leadership has gone out of its way to develop programs (sanctuary cities. DACA, and the like) to attract Latino votes, literally at the expense of opportunities for African Americans.”
Horace Cooper, How Trump Is Making Black America Great Again: The Untold Story of Black Advancement in the Era of Trump

“Reducing illegal immigration helps to prevent long-term multigenerational poverty among African Americans.”
Horace Cooper, How Trump Is Making Black America Great Again: The Untold Story of Black Advancement in the Era of Trump

“The RAISE ACT helps to curb incentives for illegal immigration and protects black workers.”
Horace Cooper, How Trump Is Making Black America Great Again: The Untold Story of Black Advancement in the Era of Trump

Abhijit Naskar
“The kids separated from their parents suffer the same trauma as the victims of human trafficking, therefore the administration that conducts such savagery in the name of immigration law must face the same legal consequence as human traffickers do, and if law fails to hold them accountable, the people must do it.”
Abhijit Naskar, Boldly Comes Justice: Sentient Not Silent

“There is no such thing as an 'illegal immigrant'. That term is used by people who lack the intelligence to know that to be an immigrant one must be granted 'immigration' status by filing the proper paper work and being allowed to be in the United States of America. The correct term for people who choose to come to this country without going through the legal process is called 'illegal alien'.”
James Thomas Kesterson Jr

Abhijit Naskar
“Nobody wants to leave their homeland illegally out of their heart's desire, they are compelled to do so as the last resort due to utter degradation of life there.”
Abhijit Naskar, Sleepless for Society

Abhijit Naskar
“The founders of America were more criminal than modern immigrants – you know why – because the founders of America didn’t only enter this land illegally, but after entering they drove the natives out of their own home, whereas all that the immigrants of today want is to have a better life for their family. Now tell me – who are the real criminals?”
Abhijit Naskar, Generation Corazon: Nationalism is Terrorism

Winston S. Churchill
“A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in ... And how many want out.”
Sir Winston Churchill

Abhijit Naskar
“Latin not Lethal (The Sonnet)

Yes I am latino and proud,
That doesn't make me a thug.
Yes I am brown in color and loud,
That doesn't mean I'm a lethal bug.
Some of us can't speak English,
That doesn't make us second-rate.
We care for family as much as you,
In friendship we walk to the world's end.
Savage imperialists walked on our corpses,
While they snatched our lands and homes.
Yet you call us illegal and dangerous,
Showing no remorse or desire to atone!
None of us can undo the past I know.
Our kids may walk together, let's make sure.”
Abhijit Naskar, Earthquakin' Egalitarian: I Die Everyday So Your Children Can Live

“Citizenship without emotional attachment is the civic equivalent of a one-night stand.”
Stanley Renshon

“Number of White People in the U.S. Shrinks
by Statista

The number of white people in the U.S. has shrunk for the first time since the first census in 1790. According to yesterday’s release of 2020 Census data, there were around 191.7 million white people in the U.S. last year, down from 196.8 million when the last census was taken in 2010. … The share of the white U.S. population declined further from 63.7 percent in 2010 to 57.3 percent in 2020. … The calculation includes only whites who do not identify as Latino or mixed race including white, while the number of Latinos includes Latinos of any race, including Black, white and others.”