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  • Not until the beginning of the 20th century did Europe's urban populations finally become self-sustaining: before then, constant immigration of healthy peasants from the countryside was necessary to make up for the constant deaths of city dwellers from crowd diseases.
    (Jared Diamond, "Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies")
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  • Immigration is good for the United States ... it's important for us to keep our doors open, but we need to keep an eye on the people coming in, ... While initially it will be a state problem, eventually it will be a national issue, and education is the best way to deal with it.
    (William Frey)
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  • Stopping illegal immigration doesn't happen entirely at the border.
    (Ira Mehlman)
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  • One of the most critical issues facing agriculture right now is the immigration reform that was just taken up by the U. S. Senate Judiciary Committee. The House passed an immigration bill at the end of 2005 that could be very harmful to agriculture.
    (Karen Ross)
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  • Whatever their motivations, lawmakers on both side of the aisle have certainly discovered that immigration is one of those issues that resonate strongly with the public.
    (Gwen Ifill)
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  • Honduras is a beautiful country but the poverty is devastating and the issues of poverty are difficult to solve. It gives you a different perspective on life and on the immigration issue.
    (Ann Baker)
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  • The issues surrounding illegal immigration are wide-ranging and complex, but there is no question about the need to secure our borders.
    (Roger Wicker)
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  • What the WGA has endorsed is not an immigration plan 'based in reality,' but a surrender plan based on capitulation to cheap labor interests. What is needed, and what the American public is demanding, is a true enforcement plan that is based in reality and the political will to enforce this nation's laws.
    (Dan Stein)
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  • The consensus view is that immigration has a negative impact on the real wages of native workers. We have shown that the effects of immigration on the average wages of (U. S.) natives indeed turn positive and large.
    (Giovanni Peri)
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  • He noted that under the federal system, local police departments that want to be involved in immigration enforcement may go through a training process that allows them to become deputies ... is further indication that Congress intended to preclude any local efforts which are unauthorized or based on other than federal law.
    (Customs Enforcement)
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  • There's widespread agreement that there's a problem with immigration. That's not what we're here to discuss today. We are trying to keep it focused on the solution-oriented proposals before us.
    (Paul Weissmann)
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  • The Center for New England Culture is pleased to continue its partnership with the Center for the Study of Community at Strawbery Banke Museum. The two centers have worked together over the past year with English as a Second Language teachers in area high schools and with local students from Indonesia, China, and other nations on an oral history project to document their experiences. The work of these students will be featured at the conference, making it truly a community project, and the keynote presentation by Charles Simic will bring the insights of one of Americas preeminent writers to the theme of language and immigration.
    (David Watters)
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  • If we are to believe that our immigration laws simply have no value, as our current policies would have us believe, should we then simply throw them all out, the entire lot of immigration law? I hope not.
    (John Linder)
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  • Closely approaching Scotland, the northern coast of Ireland in course of time invited Scotch immigration, which formed as it were a Presbyterian Pale.
    (Goldwin Smith)
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  • The meaning for the average person watching the ... demonstrations is that this is a very serious movement, a large issue, and it's not going to go away. People now have a face and they have a story that goes along with what they had previously viewed as a pretty abstract concept, illegal immigration.
    (Mark Baldassare)
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