Quotes and Quips

Here I am with my immigration form
It’s big enough to keep me warm….
There he was with his immigration face
Giving me a paper chase….
Let me in, immigration man
–Graham Nash, lyrics from “Immigration Man,” a song about his experience with a U.S. Customs official. (YouTube)

As a nation, we began by declaring that “all men are created equal.” We now practically read it “all men are created equal, except negroes.” When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read “all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.” When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.
― Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln Letters


Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.
 ― John F. Kennedy


[The Immigration and Nationality Act] is not known for being warm or cuddly; words like “intricate” and “Byzantine” come more easily to mind…. Nor is it known for being easy to understand; we have often remarked on its fiendish complexity.
 ― Akram v. Holder (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2013)


[The Immigration and Nationality Act] places the burden of proof upon the applicant to establish eligibility to receive a visa. However, the applicant is entitled to have full consideration given to any evidence presented to overcome a presumption or finding of ineligibility. It is the policy of the U.S. Government to give the applicant every reasonable opportunity to establish eligibility to receive a visa. This policy is the basis for the review of refusals at consular offices and by the Department.
 ― U.S. State Department, 9 FAM 206.2-1.


A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in. And how many want out.
― Tony Blair


You, who are so-called illegal aliens, must know that no human being is illegal. That is a contradiction in terms. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal?
― Elie Wiesel

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