Immigration Quotes

See below for a list of immigration quotes from the Founding Fathers of America and other notable figures.

Founding Fathers Immigration Quotes

America as a, “nation of immigrants” is not a new idea. These founding Fathers immigration quotes are good evidence of this.

George Washington Immigration Quotes

“I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.”

– George Washington

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges…”

– George Washington

“Rather than quarrel abt territory, let the poor, the needy, & oppressed of the Earth; and those who want Land, resort to the fertile plains of our Western Country, to the second Land of promise, & there dwell in peace, fulfilling the first & great Commandment.”

– George Washington

Thomas Jefferson Immigration Quotes

“Born in other countries, yet believing you could be happy in this, our laws acknowledge, as they should do, your right to join us in society…”

– Thomas Jefferson


Quotes from American Symbols

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

– Quote on the Statue of Liberty (written by Emma Lazarus)

FDR Immigration Quotes

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt