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Old August 16th, 2010, 05:03 AM   #1
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10 Historical Anti-Immigrant Quotes That Sound ... Familiar

I present to you (drumroll, please) quotes from nativists past that are pretty much saying the exact same thing as nativists present. 1. Few of their children in the country learn English ... The signs in our streets have inscriptions in both languages ... Unless the stream of their importation could be turned they will soon so outnumber us that all the advantages we have will not be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious.

-Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father, on German immigration to Pennsylvania, 1750s





2. We should build a wall of brass around the country.

- John Jay, first chief justice of Supreme Court, regarding “Catholic alien invaders,” 1750s





3. What means the paying of the passage and emptying out upon our shores such floods of pauper emigrants — the contents of the poor house and the sweepings of the streets? — multiplying tumults and violence, filling our prisons, and crowding our poor-houses, and quadrupling our taxation, and sending annually accumulating thousands to the poll to lay their inexperienced hand upon the helm of our power?

- Lyman Beecher, Leader of the Second Great Awakening, on English immigrants, 1834





4. The enormous influx of alien foreigners will in the end prove ruinous to American workingmen, by REDUCING THE WAGES OF LABOR to a standard that will drive them from the farms and workshops altogether.

- Opinion article in the Philadelphia Sun, 1854





5. Standing behind them are Christian employers of this land, who would rather import heathen willing to work for barely enough to sustain life than retain a brother Christian at a wage sufficient to live as becomes a Christian. We do not want Opium or the Chinese who grow it.

- Terence Powderly, Irish-American labor leader, 1892





6. We demand the change of the national naturalization laws by the repeal of the act authorizing the naturalization of minors…We demand for the protection of our citizen laborers, the prohibition of the importation of pauper labor, and the restriction of immigration…We protest against the gross negligence and laxity with which the Judiciary of our land administer the present naturalization laws, and against the practice of naturalizing aliens.

- statement of principles of the American Protective Association, 1894





7. Not a day passes but families are ruthlessly turned out to make room for foreign invaders. The rates are burdened with the education of thousands of foreign children.

- William Evans Gordon, British nativist, 1905





8. The people of this country are too tolerant. There’s no other country in the world where they’d allow it... After all we built up this country and then we allow a lot of foreigners, the scum of Europe, the offscourings of Polish ghettos to come and run it for us.

– John Dos Passos, early 20th century novelist, on U.S. immigration policy





9. They are coming in such numbers and we are unable adequately to take care of them…It simply amounts to unrestricted and indiscriminate dumping into this country of people of every character and description…If there were in existence a ship that could hold three million human beings, then three million Jews of Poland would board to escape to America.

-Congressional hearing, 1920





10. Now, what do we find in all our large cities? Entire sections containing a population incapable of understanding our institutions, with no comprehension of our national ideals, and for the most part incapable of speaking the English language. Foreign language information service gives evidence that many southern Europeans resent as an unjust discrimination the quota laws and represent America as showing race hatred and unmindful of its mission to the world. The reverse is true. America’s first duty is to those already within her own shores.

- Representative Grant Hudson, 1924





more: 10 Historical Anti-Immigrant Quotes That Sound ... Familiar | Immigrant Rights | Change.org

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How true! And nothing has changed! It is still the wedge issue that it has always been.
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Old August 16th, 2010, 07:34 AM   #3
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I'm not sure what point you are trying to make Tristan, but there is some truth in those quotes that hold true today.
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Old August 16th, 2010, 08:34 AM   #4
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that's what they thought a couple centuries ago, too.



doesn't mean it was right then - or right now
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as a resident of AZ i offer another view. we as taxpayers are paying a tremendous price by not being able to enforce our border and illegal immigration laws. the strain on the social system from people who don't have to pay into it is a burden. in a time when the economy is bad, city, state and county gov'ts can't pay their bills or employees, schools are having to close or lay off teachers - we must do something. what people assume about SB1070 is that its racially motivated and its not. maybe its the accountant in me, but you cannot keep paying for things without having money in the bank to do it. when times were good - sure, we'll take care of everyone. when times are bad, how the heck can we afford to continue that? our President decides to PUNISH us for trying to deal with our own situation since his administration can't/won't. instead of suing the state, he should have offered assistance. THAT is our problem. and for the record, its not just mexicans crossing the border and staying here illegally. the key word is NOT mexican, its ILLEGAL. period. and until you spend a moment here and personally deal with the issue, you can't say that its not a problem. anyone who has been to or seen what goes on in the Tucson sector knows. google it if you don't believe me.
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Sorry, but we aren't just paying for illegals. Many illegals are paying into the system and can't get anything for it. Thye actually pay a lot of taxes, including income and payroll taxes and sales tax as well.
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in my experience here, being illegal means they don't pay income taxes or payroll. there is no way to put them on payroll without a SSN. so not sure what you're speaking of.
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in my experience here, being illegal means they don't pay income taxes or payroll. there is no way to put them on payroll without a SSN. so not sure what you're speaking of.


They all don't get paid in cash. Some actually have Social Security numbers that are not in their real names and they cannot benefit from in the future. They actually do pay an awful lot in taxes. It is a misconception that being illegal means that they aren't paying into our system.
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Some more info about the undocumented immigrants and the taxes that they pay. This is just a portion of the article. i provided a link if anyone wants to read the rest of it.



t r u t h o u t | Undocumented Immigrants Pay More in Taxes Than They Receive in Benefits:



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During their working life, undocumented immigrants in the United States will pay, on average, approximately $80,000 more in taxes per capita than they use in government services, owing to the fact that they are not eligible to take advantage of almost all of the social service programs offered by the federal government, according to a study released by the National Council of La Raza.

According to the report, in June of 2007, the president's Council of Economic Advisers stated that the "impact of undocumented immigration on public budgets is likely to be very positive."

The report cites the Texas Comptroller's disclosure that, in 2006, undocumented immigrants paid about $424.7 million more in state revenues - including sales tax and school property tax - than they used in state services, including education and health care.

In addition to sales and property taxes, [an estimated three-quarters] of undocumented immigrants also pay payroll taxes through the use of false Social Security numbers.

According to statistics from the National Council of La Raza, these employees contribute approximately $7 billion to Social Security and $1.5 billion to Medicare every year, despite the fact that they are ineligible to receive these benefits. These numbers serve to counter arguments, promoted by anti-immigration forces, that undocumented immigrants are a drain on the state.

"These immigrants' contributions to these programs are collected by the federal government to help it meet its goals," according to the National Council of La Raza.

According to the national report, the majority of undocumented laborers also receive a very low salary, and often have no protections against workplace abuse.

In 2005, more than 1.5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States worked as either housekeepers or domestic laborers. Because of their legal status, these immigrants received an average weekly salary of $355 in 2006. The national average for this line of work in that same year was $671 a week.
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in my experience here, being illegal means they don't pay income taxes or payroll. there is no way to put them on payroll without a SSN. so not sure what you're speaking of.
Many of them around here are on payroll. (I live in chicken growing country.) I assume they are using phony or stolen S-S-Numbers.



The stolen numbers can create some serious issues for the real owners of those numbers. At any rate, sooner or later soomeone will reap the benefits or pay the penalties for the extra income on those numbers.



But I assume that those paying with a phony number can kiss that money goodbye forever since filing for refunds or Social Security would surely out them to the Federal Government.
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