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" According to the study, approximately 16.7 million U.S. workers born in Latin America had a combined gross income of $450 billion last year, of which 93 percent was spent locally. "
" We should encourage people who have lived here peacefully for years to earn legal status over time. "
" I am a strong supporter of President Obama and was the first national Hispanic elected official to endorse him, and I want him to be reelected in 2012. "
" If you are opposed to immigration or support strictly punitive immigration measures, you cannot even start a conversation about other issues with most Latino voters. "
" In my experience, young people fighting for the passage of the DREAM Act and to prevent the deportation of those who are eligible are among the most committed and fearless advocates for change in this country. "
" The issue of immigration is one of the most complex and politically difficult issues because there is so much passion on all sides. "
" The American people are much more practical than Republican lawmakers on equal pay, on the minimum wage, on same-sex marriage, and on basic civil rights. "
" Punishing individual immigrants who are deeply embedded in American communities is not the mandate Trump was given when he was elected. "
" We must stand on principle and practicality, and we should be very clear that a policy aimed at driving out 10 or 11 million people is not a good one. "
" The underlying part of any comprehensive immigration bill is family unit. "
" We need to build bridges between the LGBT community and the larger immigrant community. In the end, the bigger the tent we build, the more successful we'll be. "
" The pro-life, pro-family Republicans are now pro-neonatal detention and deportation. It isn't enough to drive out the people not born here; now they want to drive out the ones that were. "
" It is not new or unusual for the real Americans, meaning those immigrants who came to America a little bit longer ago, to fear the outsiders, the pretenders, the newcomers. "
" Are we going to go out and arrest and detain and deport 11 million people? Nobody would argue that that is what we are going to do, because we have never demonstrated the political will to do that, nor have we ever committed the requisite resources to do that. "
" Mr. Speaker, our Nation depends on immigrants' labor, and I hope we can create an immigration system as dependable as they are. "
" We believe that the way you dress and the shoes you wear are not probable cause for questioning or arrest. "
" The Democrats cannot say that we stand with immigrants if that secretly means we only stand with immigrants in odd-numbered years or when southern Democrats complain. "
" We should allow DREAMers to declare that they are not criminals, that they want to be here, want to fully participate in their society and get on the books. We should make college, work, and military service available to them. "
" Too many people fought too hard to make sure all citizens of all colors, races, ethnicities, genders, and abilities can vote to think that not voting somehow sends a message. "
" If I saw someone in need and I did nothing, I'd be defacing my own humanity. "
" I was arrested twice in demonstrations in front of the Obama White House in the push for DACA. "
" Uncertainty and fear and ignorance about immigrants, about people who are different, has a history as old as our Nation. "
" If you are brown, black, Asian, or anything other than an English-speaking, highly-trained technician, the Republican Party doesn't want you here. "
" Democrats and Republicans agree on most of a unified, politically viable, and workable immigration reform package. Both parties agree that border security is a key part of any strategy. "
" We need to decouple the movement for comprehensive immigration reform and justice for immigrants from the legislative process and from the Democratic Party process. They are too linked. "
" Senator Obama and I had been on the same side of many fights, and we had worked together on the issue that is most urgent to me - comprehensive immigration reform. "
" The immigrant blame game is constant. Cynical politicians believe it drives poll numbers; cynical commentators believe it drives TV ratings. "
" On Tuesday 26 July 2011, I was arrested in front of the White House along with a dozen other pro-immigrant advocates and clergy. We sat down on the sidewalk in front of the White House with a banner that read 'One Million Deported Under President Obama' and refused to move when the police ordered us to. "
" And they do those jobs not because they want to take away anything from America, but because they want to give their skills, their sweat, their labor, for a better life and to help build a better America, just as those who came before them. "
" Lots of special interests play the immigrant blame game every day because they like things the way they are and don't see a need for change. "
" We need legal immigration as an alternative to illegal immigration and a way of getting the millions of unauthorized immigrants already here to get legal and get in compliance with our laws. "