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Quotes Relating to Immigration
Barack Obama“There have been periods where the folks who were already here suddenly say, ‘Well, I don’t want those folks,’ even though the only people who have the right to say that are some Native Americans.”
Barack Obama, 2014-11-24

Charles Rangel“And the thing is: Everything we believe in, everything we believe in, they hate. They don't disagree, they hate! They think if you didn't come from Europe 30 years ago, you didn't even make it. Some of them believe that slavery isn't over and they and think they won the Civil War!”
Charles Rangel, 2014-10-30

John Kerry“All of these things are frankly urgent in order to be able to quickly move to contain the spread of Ebola. We need airlines to continue to operate in West Africa and we need borders to remain open.”
John Kerry, 2014-10-08

Luis Gutiérrez“They know he’s going to act soon, they want to maintain this crisis to condemn our community, a community without rights for our kids at this moment, our DREAMers, and for millions of others that the president has said he wants to help. That’s what they want. They want to punish our community, and that punishment will be met with an electoral punishment. Be assured that we are not going to forget the mistreatment our community has received.”
Luis Gutiérrez, 2014-08-01

Luis Gutiérrez“It is almost as though they despise and hate all of our children.”
Luis Gutiérrez, 2014-08-01

Nancy Pelosi“We cannot have deportation without representation.”
Nancy Pelosi, 2014-07-29

Luis Gutiérrez“I gotta tell you. I believe the President of the United States is going to act broadly and generously. That’s my belief. He didn’t say that to me but that’s what I believe he’s going to do.”
Luis Gutiérrez, 2014-07-29 Audio and/or video clip available

Luis Gutiérrez“But let me just say in about an hour I'm going over to the White House, I'll be mating, meeting with Jay Johnson and the chief legal counsel to the President of the United States, we're gonna sit down and we're gonna negotiate additional terms and avenues the president can use, and prosecutorial discretion, and I think we can get 3 or 4, maybe even 5 million people.”
Luis Gutiérrez, 2014-07-25

Nancy Pelosi“I reference the conference of bishops statement in which they say baby Jesus was a refugee from violence. Let us not turn away these children and send them back into a burning building.”
Nancy Pelosi, 2014-07-22

Luis Gutiérrez“You gave us a down payment when you freed 600,000 DREAMers from deportation. Now it is time for the president in the United States... [to] free the Mom and Dads of the DREAMers. And to go further. Be broad and expansive and generous.”
Luis Gutiérrez, 2014-07-19

Luis Gutiérrez“We need to raise our voices, make ourselves citizens, sign up to vote and punish those who speak ill and criminalize children who come to our border.”
Luis Gutiérrez, 2014-07-19

Chris Van Hollen“I think what we need to do is pass comprehensive immigration reform, and I just came from a hearing with the non-partisan director of the Congressional Budget Office, who testified that if you passed the Senate bipartisan bill, you will reduce the deficit and increase long-term economic growth in the United States.”
Chris Van Hollen, 2014-07-18

Deval Patrick“My inclination is to remember what happened when a shipful of Jewish children tried to come to the United States in 1939 and the United States turned them away, and many of them went to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps. I think we are a bigger-hearted people than that as Americans, and certainly as residents of Massachusetts.”
Deval Patrick, 2014-07-16 Audio and/or video clip available

Harry Reid“The border is secure. Martin Heinrich talked to the caucus today. He’s a border state senator. He said he can say without any equivocation the border is secure.”
Harry Reid, 2014-07-15

Sheila Jackson Lee“I disagree that our border is in devastating condition.”
Sheila Jackson Lee, 2014-07-10

Sheila Jackson Lee“I have been on the border, I have been on the Rio Grande. I have been on the border at night.”
Sheila Jackson Lee, 2014-07-10

Sheila Jackson Lee“This is not a national security crisis.”
Sheila Jackson Lee, 2014-07-03

Luis Gutiérrez“If you want to come back and discuss this, fine. But in the interim period, I believe the president of the United States has already in statute, in the law, the ability to heal and put in a safe harbor millions of undocumented immigrants while the Congress of the United States finally decides it’s going to take action.”
Luis Gutiérrez, 2014-07-01 Audio and/or video clip available

Nancy Pelosi“We are all Americans -- north and south in this hemisphere.”
Nancy Pelosi, 2014-06-28

Nancy Pelosi“This crisis that some call a crisis, we have to view as an opportunity. If you believe as we do that every child, every person has a spark of divinity in them, and is therefore worthy of respect, what we saw in those rooms was [a] dazzling, sparkling, array of God's children, worthy of respect.”
Nancy Pelosi, 2014-06-28

Dick Durbin“A year has gone by. I don't know how much more time he thinks he needs, but I hope that Speaker Boehner will speak up today. And if he does not, the president will borrow the power that is needed to solve the problems of immigration and he shouldn’t be sued as a result of it.”
Dick Durbin, 2014-06-26

Nancy Pelosi“I would rather pass [a] comprehensive immigration reform bill than win the elections in November”
Nancy Pelosi, 2014-04-09

Barack Obama“You know, if you have a family where some people are citizens or legally here, and others are not documented, the immigration people will never get that information.”
Barack Obama, 2014-03-18

Elizabeth Warren“I learned that Texas isn't the only state where people sneak across the border to try to start a new life. Look at Scott Brown in New Hampshire.”
Elizabeth Warren, 2014-03-16

Luis Gutiérrez“Unfortunately, he should not be limiting his prosecutorial discretion. He should be expanding his prosecutorial discretion.”
Luis Gutiérrez, 2013-12-03

Barack Obama“As I was getting a tour of DreamWorks, I didn't ask, but just looking at faces, I could tell there were some folks who are here not because they were born here, but because they want to be here and they bring extraordinary talents to the United States. And that's part of what makes America special. ”
Barack Obama, 2013-11-26

Barack Obama“If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing them through Congress, I would do so.”
Barack Obama, 2013-11-25 Audio and/or video clip available

Charles Rangel“You know, the DREAM Act for the kids that came over here and didn’t know their home town, the president did that by executive order. What I did is I’ve taken out the language that he used and I’m gonna see why we can’t use executive orders for everything. What’s he gonna do? Make the Republicans angry? They’re gonna get annoyed? They’re not gonna cooperate?”
Charles Rangel, 2013-11-22

Luis Gutiérrez“There are devastating effects if the Congress of the United States cannot enact comprehensive immigration reform – then the president of the United States has the responsibility to act to defend those immigrants which he says he wants to provide safety and justice for.”
Luis Gutiérrez, 2013-10-25

Harry Reid“So, 2.6 trillion dollars, we've already done that. If we pass immigration reform, which most sane people believe is a good idea, overwhelmingly support this around the country, it would reduce the debt by another trillion dollars. Now we're at 3.6 trillion dollars. We can do 400, 400 billion, easily over the next ten years. We can do it quicker than that.”
Harry Reid, 2013-10-24

Charles Rangel“Every white son of a gun from Europe has found a way to get here, and these barriers I think have a lot to do with color and the awkwardness or the uncomfortableness that a lot of whites feel about people of color.”
Charles Rangel, 2013-08-02

Mary Landrieu“A smart fence, which is what Senator McCain and I want to build - since he’s from Arizona, I think he knows more about this than the Senator from South Dakota who only has a border with Canada and that is quite different.”
Mary Landrieu, 2013-06-13

John Conyers“I hope no one uses the term uh ‘illegal immigrants’ here today. Our citizens are not ill...the people in this country are not illegal, they are out of status, they are new Americans that are immigrants, and uh I, I think that we can forge a path to citizenship that will uh will be able to pass muster.”
John Conyers, 2013-02-05 Audio and/or video clip available

Deval Patrick“It’s a step in the right direction.”
Deval Patrick, 2012-11-19

Dick Durbin“When I look around this room, I see America’s future. Our doctors, our teachers, our nurses, our engineers, our scientists, our soldiers, our Congressman, our Senators and maybe our President.”
Dick Durbin, 2011-06-29 Audio and/or video clip available

Thomas Menino“But what I found out was through our research that people for your stolen cars, simple crimes, their fingerprints were sent down to Washington and being deported also.”
Thomas Menino, 2011-00-00

Martha Coakley“Technically it's not illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts”
Martha Coakley, 2010-05-00 Audio and/or video clip available

Barack Obama“There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms, the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally. It's not true.”
Barack Obama, 2009-09-09 Audio and/or video clip available

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