[Given that this website supports ethical and human treatment of the current immigration issues, it should be assumed (and obvious) that many of the opinions quoted below are not shared.]
It was a war “unnecessarily and unconstitutionally begun by the President of the United States” --a House resolution passed eighty-five to eighty-one just before the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed in 1848, ceding half of Mexico to the US
"Generally, the officers of the army were indifferent whether the annexation [of Texas] was consummated or not; but not so all of them. For myself, I was bitterly opposed to the measure, and to this day regard the war, which resulted, as one of the most unjust ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation. It was an instance of a republic following the bad example of European monarchies, in not considering justice in their desire to acquire additional territory."--President Ulysses S. Grant
'“Americans never fought for empire, for territory, for dominance.” --President Bill Clinton
"We still have a better title than any that can ever be constructed out of all these antiquated materials of old black-letter international law. Away, away with all these cobweb tissues of rights of discovery, exploration, settlement, continuity, etc. ... And that claim is by the right of our manifest destiny to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us...." --John L. Sullivan, author of "Manifest Destiny"
"Texas, we repeat, is secure; and so now ... who's the next customer? Shall it be California or Canada?" --John L. Sullivan, author of "Manifest Destiny"
"The [Mexican] race is perfectly accustomed to being conquered, and the only new lesson we shall teach is that our victories will give liberty, safety, and prosperity to the vanquished, if they know enough to profit by the appearance of our stars. To liberate and ennoble not to enslave and debase is our mission. Well may the Mexican nation, whose great masses have yet tasted liberty, prattle over their lost phantom of nationality. . . . If they have not in the profound darkness of their vassal existence the intelligence and manhood to accept the ranks and rights of freeman at our hands, we must bear their ignorance. But there is no excuse for the man educated under our institutions, who talks of 'wronging the Mexicans' when we offer them a position infinitely above any they have occupied, since their history began, and in which, for thefirst time, they may aim at the greatness and dignity of a truly republican and self-governing people." --New York Sun, October 22, 1847
"To remove a hostile neighbor in itself; to prevent it becoming a neighbor both hostile and dangerous in European hands; to enable us to command the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico; . . . to develop for the benefit of ourselves and the world the ample resources of Mexico; to redeem the Mexican people from anarchy, tyranny, debasement; to redeem security, civilization, improvement; to keep Cuba from the hands of our cunning, indefatigable, unscrupulous rivals. the British, to open Mexico, as an extensive market to our manufacturers, an extensive producer of that material [silver] through which we command the manufacturers of Europe; to prevent monarchy from gaining an additional ground on American continent, North or South, and thus facilitate its entire removal." --Philadelphia Public Ledger, January 25, 1848
"What has miserable, inefficient Mexico...to do with the great mission of peopling the New World with a noble race?"--Walt Whitman
Mexicans were not desirable in the United States because they are “germ-carriers, inassimilable, a people who are with us but not of us, and not for us.” --Texas Congressman Eugene Black to the House Committee on Immigration and Naturalization in 1928
“The civil liberties crowd always objects, and the worse the aliens are the louder the crowd shouts.” --Secretary of Labor William Doak in response to objections from the ACLU
“Across generations, Latinos have done just as well as the Europeans who came in the early part of this century, and in fact slightly better.” --The Rand Corporation in a study published in 2003
"If that were so, how come all of Puerto Rico doesn't move to New York?" --Free-market economist Julian Simon explaining why he felt that open borders would not flood the United States with immigrants
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