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What Conservative Leaders are Saying About Immigration Reform

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL): “It’s really hard to get people to listen to you on economic growth, on tax rates, on health care, if they think you want to deport their grandmother…Policy matters too, but rhetoric is important. You need to understand that we’re speaking about human beings…The issue of these kids that are in this country undocumented is not an immigration issue, it’s a humanitarian one.” (11/15/12)

President George W. Bush: “As our nation debates the proper course of action relating to immigration, I hope we do so with a benevolent spirit and keep in mind the contribution of immigrants.” (12/4/12)

Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform: “Immigration is the most important thing to focus on if you’re concerned about America as an economic power. It’s not only good policy to have more immigrants to the United States … [and] a path forward for those people who are here; it’s also good politics.” (10/10/12)

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH): Speaker Boehner said to ABC News regarding immigration reform, “This issue has been around far too long…A comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself and others can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all.” (11/9/12)

The Wall Street Journal editorial: “Belief in the immigrant story of aspiration and the U.S. as a land of opportunity have been core American values. A party that rejects those beliefs distances itself from American exceptionalism…” (11/13/12)

President Ronald Reagan: “America represents something universal in the human spirit. I received a letter not long ago from a man who said, ‘You can go to Japan to live, but you cannot become Japanese. You can go to France to live and not become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Turkey, and you won’t become a German or a Turk.’ But then he added, ‘Anybody from any corner of the world can come to America to live and become an American.’”

President Ronald Reagan: “I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and heart to get here.” (Farewell address, January, 1989)

 

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Americans By Choice is a national, membership-based organization supporting immigration reform. We value the positive contributions immigrants make to America, and we support immigration reform that makes it easier for the world’s most talented, innovative, and motivated people to live and work in America legally, to create jobs here, and to contribute to a growing American economy.