Top 288 Immigrant Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Immigrant Quotes from famous people such as Rose Schneiderman, Yvonne Orji, Lori Lightfoot, Vincent Cassel, Roger Mahony, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Of course, we knew that this meant an attack on the uni

Of course, we knew that this meant an attack on the union. The bosses intended gradually to get rid of us, employing in our place child labor and raw immigrant girls who would work for next to nothing.
Rose Schneiderman
‘First Gen’ is kind of the ode to my parents and to really all immigrant children who come here with kind of a preemptive expectation placed on them, and then they get there, and they realize the American dream is bigger than, sometimes, what our parents dreamt.
Yvonne Orji
When you’re walking down a street and you are a brown-skinned person or you’re a person that lives in an immigrant community, there’s no differentiating on – solely on the basis of what you look like. They don’t walk down the street saying, hi, I’m an immigrant; I’m here legally or not.
Lori Lightfoot
I don’t think France is a racist country, I really don’t, but we do still have many problems with our immigrant past, and there’s a shame that goes with that, that works both ways, in the host and in the post-immigrant generation.
Vincent Cassel
We should embrace our immigrant roots and recognize that newcomers to our land are not part of the problem, they are part of the solution.
Roger Mahony
I came from an intellectual family. Most were doctors, preachers, teachers, businessmen. My grandfather was a small businessman. His father was an abolitionist doctor, and his father was an immigrant from Germany.
Pete Seeger
Immigrant children are highly vulnerable. Their level of disadvantage and fragility has consistently grown due to factors outside their control.
Irwin Redlener
Get involved in your neighborhood. That’s how I got really, really committed to the immigrant rights movement.
Opal Tometi
One way to quantify the immigrant contribution to the overall economy is to measure their share of the U.S. economic output. One such examination for the years 2009-2011 found that immigrants contributed 14.7 percent of the total economic output.
Fabrizio Moreira
Puerto Rican culture is very different from Mexican culture. Part of the Mexican psychology is the idea of being an immigrant or being illegal or being confused with that. That doesn’t happen with Puerto Ricans, because you’re a commonwealth.
Lela Loren
What any immigrant is after is a taste of home.
Samin Nosrat
I think any immigrant who comes to this country also knows somebody who is undocumented.
Nico Santos
My grandfather was a Russian-Jewish immigrant who lived in Northern Ireland and apparently when he sang in the synagogue he made everyone cry.
Jessie Ware
Arranged marriages are big business in the U.K. Second- and third-generation immigrant families, with no extended family structure, limited networks and religious restrictions on acceptable ways to meet future spouses, are turning to external matchmakers for help.
Jemima Khan
As a young black immigrant at an inner-city school, I saw how poverty of ambition left many from disadvantaged backgrounds on the scrap-heap.
Kemi Badenoch
If the Republican Party works with the Hispanic community, the immigrant community, they’re natural allies. People who came to this country are more freedom-loving and more American than people who just happened to be born here.
Grover Norquist
I understand the whole constant foreigner stereotype, but for me it’s important to portray immigrant characters like Jian-Yang and Danny Meng with humanity.
Jimmy O. Yang
My dad was an immigrant kid and a Democrat and a Jew, and we didn’t know any Republicans in our group. So I grew up Democratic. My dad was a labor lawyer – a very hardworking guy, a one-horse labor lawyer – and then I went to hippie college and lived in the bubble.
David Mamet
Of course, everyone in the New World is an immigrant or a descendant of immigrants, and immigrants have built America and continue to do so. Legal or illegal, they are almost universally good people who work to better their lot and that of their children.
Mark Helprin
One way to quantify the immigrant contribution to the overall economy is to measure their share of the U.S. economic output. One such examination for the years 2009-2011 found that immigrants contributed 14.7 percent of the total economic output.
Fabrizio Moreira
I came from a traditional immigrant family where education meant there were only a few valid paths: doctor or lawyer – and I didn’t want to be either one.
Suheir Hammad
I think everyone is kind of an immigrant somehow, and I wasn’t raised in an American society at home. My household was a Jamaican household, so I got all my traditions, all my roots and culture intact, so I’m able to support both countries.
Aljamain Sterling
As an immigrant, I am grateful for the tremendous opportunities that this great nation has afforded me and my family. I am also aware of the ongoing challenges that immigrants confront, and understand that respecting law and borders is essential for keeping America strong.
Raja Krishnamoorthi
If Theresa May is a white woman who is very well-educated and very wealthy, she’s more likely to act in the interests of, say, a very wealthy white man than she is a working class poor black or immigrant woman.
Dawn Foster
I come from an immigrant family, but I know no other nationality apart from British.
Maajid Nawaz
American literature has always been immigrant.
Salman Rushdie
I am not a woman on Monday, an immigrant on Tuesday, a worker on Wednesday, and a mom on Thursday, I am all of those things all of the time, and I am going to fight for all of those things all of the time.
Pramila Jayapal
Whatever country you go to, you need to definitely follow the rules. So I believe it’s very important for people, wherever they go, any immigrant should know or should try to learn something about the culture.
David Ortiz
When I think about where most of Scripture points me, it is toward defending the poor, and the immigrant, and the stranger, and the prisoner, and the outcast, and those who are left behind by the way society works.
Pete Buttigieg
We’ve got to do everything we can to speak to and protect our immigrant communities.
Lori Lightfoot
We have overcome economic devastation, defeated mighty oppressors, and lifted up generation after generation of Americans. We can – and we will – do it again. For that is our birthright as members of the American family – white, black, Hispanic, Asian, immigrant, or descendant of the Founding Fathers themselves.
Brian Sandoval
Libraries are not just places where people go read a bo

Libraries are not just places where people go read a book, but places where an immigrant goes to take English lessons and where folks out of a job search for community.
Matthew Desmond
As with the Pacific Gateway, Canadians were similarly hoodwinked by the Immigrant Investor Program (IIP).
Terry Glavin
My dad is a Ghanaian immigrant, and he wanted a son who was an engineer.
Virgil Abloh
Our universal message of access to economic opportunity resonates with the ironworker in northeastern Ohio and the immigrant in South Florida. And we sometimes have a relationship deficit with our voters, because we’re not communicating that message.
Tom Perez
As an immigrant, I have lived, in a way, the American dream, and I want to make sure that opportunity is available for everybody.
Pramila Jayapal
I grew up in San Diego with immigrant parents, before the food blogs, before this kind of celebrity chef culture we know now.
Samin Nosrat
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.
Theodore Roosevelt
In my essay for ‘The Good Immigrant,’ I write about how concerns about race and immigration crept up on me a bit because of how I grew up and my background – I was quite fortunate, really; I never got the rough end of the stick with a lot of that kind of stuff.
Himesh Patel
I teach kids to read on a Saturday for this charity called Real Action. It’s a voluntary school because lots of the kids around my area of London are from immigrant families and need extra help with reading.
Rachael Stirling
Definitely that was a big part of my childhood: wanting to fit. As an immigrant, you talk funny, you look funny, you smell funny. I wanted to do nothing but fit in and talk English and sit with everybody else.
Genndy Tartakovsky
Being an immigrant gives you so much courage.
Dania Ramirez
Failure to deport aliens who are convicted for criminal offenses puts whole communities at risk – especially immigrant communities in the very sanctuary jurisdictions that seek to protect the perpetrators.
Jeff Sessions
One of the hard things coming from an immigrant family – or any family that doesn’t believe in the arts – is that you have to disappoint your parents. That’s hard for people to do if you’re a good kid.
Jimmy O. Yang
The privilege of serving my country is not only rooted in my military service, but also in my personal history. I sit here, as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, an immigrant.
Alexander Vindman
I was standing on a ladder outside the Homestead juvenile immigrant detention center outside Miami, looking over the fence, and I saw children lined up like prisoners. They had been separated from their families and put in this private detention facility. It was horrible.
Kamala Harris
We cannot shun our values as an immigrant nation. This is a wrong path. And while possibly it is a short-term political victory based on division and based on creating a wedge issue that splits people in this country, it is a long-term defeat for this Nation.
Raul Grijalva
America is the civilization of people engaged in transforming themselves. In the past, the stars of the performance were the pioneer and the immigrant. Today, it is youth and the Black.
Harold Rosenberg
On my father’s side, I’m descended from immigrants, one of whom was a Syrian refugee from the Armenian genocide, and my mother was an immigrant from Germany whose visa had expired and, for a year and change, was undocumented here in the U.S.
Alexis Ohanian