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“Please ask yourself this: As we contemplate America’s moral fiber, do the real threats come from immigrants, or are some people merely blaming them for sins that are already here?”
David Brooks in an argument to social conservatives that a “balanced immigration bill is consistent with conservative values.”
“Guest worker programs are a bad idea and harm all workers. They cast workers into a perennial second-class status, and unfairly put their fates into their employers’ hands… Guest worker programs encourage employers to turn good jobs into temporary jobs at reduced wages and diminished working conditions and contribute to the growing class of workers laboring in poverty.”
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney in a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I think all of this has been a wake-up call for the Republican Party, that you can’t pander to the right by picking on immigrants — it’s not going to work anymore.”
California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) to Capitol Hill.
“We’re not naive that this is going to change people’s minds. Congressional leaders have to know that people are angry, people are frustrated, people have had it [with] being treated unfairly. And they’re being organized.”
Father Richard Estrada of La Placita church on “Gran Marcha 2006.”
“We need an immigration policy that provides a real path to citizenship for those workers already here, paying taxes and contributing to their communities and that helps meet the future need for workers in a fair way. We should recognize immigrant workers not as criminals but as full members of society — as permanent residents with full rights and full mobility that employers may not exploit. As a nation that prides itself on fair treatment and equality, we simply cannot settle for anything less.”
AFL-CIO Executive VP Linda Chavez-Thompson.