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To name oneself is the first act of both the poet and the revolutionary. When we take away the right to an individual name, we symbolically take away the right to be an individual. Immigration officials did this to refugees; husbands routinely do it to wives.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
John: We don't believe in what you're doing here, Sarah. Hey, you know what they keep down here in this cave? Man, they got the books And the records of the top 100 companies. They got the Defense Department budget down here. And they got the negatives for all your favorite movies. They got microfilm with tax return and newspaper stories. They got immigration records, census reports, and they got the accounts of all the wars and plane crashes and volcano eruptions and earthquakes and fires and floods and all the other disasters that interrupted the flow of things in the good ole U.S. of A. Now what does it matter, Sarah darling? All this filing and record keeping? We ever gonna give a shit? We even gonna get a chance to see it all? This is a great, big 14 mile TOMBSTONE!
["tombstone" echoes with distant moaning ]
John: with an epitaph on it that nobody gonna bother to read. Now, here you come. Here you come with a whole new set of charts and graphs and records. What you gonna do? Bury them down here with all the other relics of what... once... was? Let me tell you what else. Yeah, I'm gonna tell you what else. You ain't never gonna figure it out, just like they never figured out why the stars are where they're at. It ain't makind's job to figure that stuff out. So what you're doing is a waste of time, Sarah. And time is all we got left, you know. What I'm doing is all there's left to do. Shame on you. There's plenty to do. Plenty to do, so long as there's you and me and maybe some other people. We could start over, start fresh, get some babies and teach 'em, Sarah,teach 'em never to come over here and dig these records out.
[distant moaning]More [08/20/2007 12:08:00]
Senator Billboard Rawkins: You've been violating the law, here.
Finian McLonergan: Since when?
Senator Billboard Rawkins: This afternoon. I just finished drafting this.
Senator Billboard Rawkins: [reading] Local ordinance number 7428: be it known that in the county of Rainbow Valley, it is a felony for members of the Caucasian and Negro races...
Finian McLonergan: But it seems to me that this law could not be a legal law...
Senator Billboard Rawkins: Of course it's legal! I don't know where you immigrants get these radical, foreign ideas!
Sharon McLonergan: From a wee book the immigration officer handed us. It's called 'The United States Constitution.'
Finian McLonergan: Haven't you read it?
Senator Billboard Rawkins: I don't have time to read it, I'm too busy defending it!More [11/09/2007 12:11:00]
Jing-Mei 'June' Woo: [opening naration] The old woman remembered a swan she had bought many years ago in Shanghai for a foolish sum. "This bird", boasted the market vendor, "was once a duck that stretched its neck in hopes of becoming a goose. And now look, it is too beautiful to eat!" Then the woman and the swan sailed across an ocean many thousands of lei wide, stretching their necks toward America. On her journey, she cooed to the swan, "In America, I will have a daughter just like me. But over there, nobody will say her worth is measured by the loudness of her husbands belch. Over there, nobody will look down on her because I will make her speak only perfect American English. And over there, she will always be too full to swallow any sorrow. She will know my meaning because I will give her this swan, a creature that became more than what was hoped for." But when she arrived in the new country the immigration officials pulled the swan away from her, leaving the woman fluttering her arms and with only one swan feather for a memory. For a long time now, the women had wanted to give her daughter the single swan feather and tell her; "This feather may look worthless, but it comes from afar and carries with it all my good intentions."More [05/15/2008 12:05:00]
[Tanya and Artyom have just arrived at Heathrow International Airport]
Immigration Officer: How long do you intend to stay in the U.K.?
Tanya: I don't know, yet.
Immigration Officer: How much money do you have?
Tanya: [To Artyom] Skol'ko u nas deneg tochno? (Exactly how much money do we have?)
Artyom: [To Immigration Officer] Uhh... eighty-five dollars.
Immigration Officer: Not very much, is it?
Tanya: Yes.More [07/09/2008 12:07:00]
[Immigration officers are putting Tanya and Artyom into police cars to transport them to Stonehaven]
Artyom: Kuda on nas vedet, mam? On chto, khochet chtoby ya polez tuda v yego mashinu? Ya ne polezu nikuda v yego mashinu. (Where are they taking us, mom? He wants me to get in his car? I'm not getting in his car.)
Tanya: Zalez', pozhaluysta. (Get in, please.)
Artyom: Ne polezu. (I'm not getting in.)
Tanya: Sidi! (Sit!)
Artyom: Chego on khochet ot nas? Chego on khochet ot nas? (What does he want with us? What does he want with us?)
Tanya: Artyom! Vernis' seychas zhe! (Artyom! Come back here, now!)
Artyom: Ya ne polezu tuda! Du-du-du-du-du-du... Da ot"yebis' ot menya! Ot"yebis', ya tebe skazal! Durak, kozel! (I'm not getting in there. Du-du-du-du-du-du... Get away from me. Get away, I told you. You stupid goat!)
Tanya: Artyom! (Artyom!)
Artyom: Ottsepis' ot menya! (Let me go!)
Tanya: Artyom, ty chto, s uma soshel? Prekrati! Ty slyshish'? Slushay menya, Artyom. Ya im skazala, chto my bezhentsy, poetomu my ostayemsya seychas v Anglii, potomu chto Mark ne priyekhal nas ne vstretil. U nas net drugogo vykhoda, no ya uverena... (Artyom, what's wrong with you, have you gone crazy? Stop this! Do you hear? Listen to me, Artyom. I told them that we're refugees, so we can stay in England; because Mark didn't come to meet us. We don't have another way, but I'm sure... )
Immigration Officer 1: Is there a problem? Come on, love.
Tanya: [To immigration officers] One minute please. It's very important. Let me speak with him.
Immigration Officer 2: I'm sorry. No go.
Tanya: Yes.
[To Artyom]
Tanya: Ty vidish', chto tvorit'sya? Luchshe ya tebe v mashine vse ob"yasnyu, khorosho? Ya uverena, chto vse pravil'no. Bud' moim drugom, da? Pover' mne. Dover'sya mne, da? (Do you see what's going on? It's better if I explain everything to you in the car, OK? I'm sure all of this is all right. Be my friend, OK? Believe me. Trust me, OK?)More [07/09/2008 12:07:00]
[Bullitt and Delgetti have searched the luggage of Dorothy Simmons and her boyfriend]

No passports, no tickets.

Call Immigration in Chicago, have them wire Rennick's passport application, I'll get a fingerprint check on Ross.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Jesse Jerome:
No, no, dear man, we've been over this before.

Jerome, I'm bored with you bleeding me. I'm afraid we're going to have to make a change in our little arrangement.

Jesse Jerome:
There are no changes... Sergeant Mueller! You see how the very mention of that name renders you completely helpless. You keep forgetting that I know who you are, and where you came from.

I was 21. I was merely a boy.

Jesse Jerome:
No one in the SS was "merely a boy," Mueller. No one in the camps was just a boy. Unless he was being taken into the oven. Don't misunderstand me. If you push me, I will tell. The newspapers, the immigration service, the Israelis - yes, the Israelis! Oh, how they'd love to get their hands on you!

I think not. I'm far too valuable to you.

Jesse Jerome:
You call that value?


Jesse Jerome:
I'd do much better turning you in right now, while I still have the chance, before you break in here again, trying to find the old man's letter, and don't deny that it was you!

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Don't worry, man. Those aren't narcs, they're Las Emigras; you know, the Immigration Service looking for illegal aliens.

Man Stoner:
What's the Immigration Service doing here, man?

My cousin needed a ride to his brother's wedding in Tijuana; so he called the Emigras, man. They'll deport the entire wedding party, man. They get a free bus ride across the border and lunch. When the wedding is over, man, they'll just come back across the border.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
J. Edgar Hoover:
I have to wonder if you people realize the level of responsibility you carry. From my way of thinking, Motion Pictures are potentially the most influential form of communication ever invented. And there's no control over it. Your message reaches everyone, everywhere.

Mary Pickford:

J. Edgar Hoover:
Of course, Mr. Chaplin here reaches millions who only have to see; and when they see a mockery being made of our immigration services, I call that a message.

Charlie Chaplin:
Yes, well, uh, as you've already said Mr. Hoover, Motion Pictures are for the people; most of the people work for a living, and they don't make much money doing it; gives them pleasure to see an official from the upper classes getting a kick up the backside. Always has, and it always will; and if that can change things, so much the better.

[in a better pronounced, less cockney voice]

Charlie Chaplin:

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Jack Kelly:
Extry, extry, read all about it! Ellis Island in flames!

David Jacobs:
Hey, where's that story?

Jack Kelly:
Page nine. Thousands Flee in Panic!

David Jacobs:
"Trash Fire Next To Immigration Building Terrifies Seagulls"?

Jack Kelly:
Terrified Flight from Inferno!

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
[angry at store owners] Ya see? This is why I'm in favor of the Immigration Reform Program, because you mothafuckas are straight off the boat, and you're already fuckin' with people!

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
General William Devereaux:
Good morning. Today with the invocation of the War Powers Act by the President, I am declaring state of Martial Law in this city. To the best of our knowledge we are opposed by no more than 20 of the enemy. He is hiding among a population of roughly two million. Intelligence tells us that he is most likely Arab speaking, between the age of 14 and 30, narrowing the target to 15000 suspects. We can further reduce that number down to those that have been in this country less than six months. Now you have 20 hiding among 2000. If you are one of these 20 young men, you can hide among a population of similar ethnic background. Unfortunately for you, you can only hide there. And that population, in the classic immigration pattern, is concentrated right here in Brooklyn.We intend to seal off this borough, then we intend to squeeze it. This is the land of opportunity, gentlemen. The opportunity to turn yourselves in. After sundown tonight, any young man fitting the profile I described who is not cooperating will be arrested and detained. There is historically nothing more corrosive to the morale of a population than policing its own citizens, but the enemy would be sadly mistaken if they were to doubt our resolve. They are now face-to-face with the most fearsome military machine in the history of man, and I intend to use it and be back on base in time for the playoffs. Thank you for your time.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
We can't have - we can't have a patchwork of 50 states developing their own immigration policy. I understand the frustration of people in Arizona. They want the federal government to step up and deal with this problem once and for all, and that's what we want to do.More [07/11/2011 07:07:26]
The immigration thing has to be brought to a head, and I feel that the best way to do that is endorse the worst, in the sense of he is a racist and he knows what I'm talking about.More [07/27/2011 09:07:25]
The President would usually talk to me about matters relating to the immigration problem.More [07/30/2011 05:07:38]
I think Muslims have become the new Negroes in America. They are being mistreated at airports, by the Immigration - everywhere. Islam is a religion of peace. They are wrong.More [08/07/2011 02:08:43]
I handed my passport to the immigration officer, and he looked at it and looked at me and said, "What are you?"More [08/30/2011 08:08:00]
Mexican immigration poses challenges to our policies and to our identity in a way nothing else has in the past.More [09/01/2011 08:09:49]
Much of what we now consider to be problems concerning immigration and assimilation really concern Mexican immigration and assimilation.More [09/01/2011 08:09:54]
I'm in favor of immigration but we also need rules.More [10/12/2011 11:10:51]
House Republicans want to pass a strong border security, illegal immigration bill. We want a bill. There is no ifs, ands or buts about it.More [10/17/2011 02:10:49]
Stopping illegal immigration would mean that wages would have to rise to a level where Americans would want the jobs currently taken by illegal aliens.More [11/17/2011 09:11:43]
We no longer want an immigration that is inflicted (on us) but an immigration that is chosen, this is the founding principle of the new immigration policy I advocate.More [03/04/2012 01:03:44]
The promise of America is one immigration policy for all who seek to enter our shores, whether they come from Mexico, Haiti or Canada, there must be one set of rules for everybody. We cannot welcome those to come and then try and act as though any culture will not be respected or treated inferior. We cannot look at the Latino community and preach one language. No one gave them an English test before they sent them to Iraq to fight for America.More [03/18/2012 01:03:40]
What we see today is an American economy that has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and '60s: the interstate-highway system, massive funding for science and technology, a public-education system that was the envy of the world and generous immigration policies.More [03/28/2012 12:03:50]
If we disagree on the how and when (of a boycott), we're united in the strategy of seeking comprehensive immigration reform.More [04/17/2012 10:04:37]
The fact that two governors out of the four on the border have issued emergency declarations should be a wake-up call for the Congress to pursue serious immigration reformMore [06/07/2012 09:06:47]
we offered to begin talks with the Cuban government about restoring direct mail service and cooperation on immigration processes. In the run-up to this summit in Honduras, the Cubans accepted. In short, the United States was living up to the Presidentís promise of a new beginning. But welcoming Cuba back to the OAS without dramatic democratic reforms was simply a nonstarter.More Hard Choices [06/21/2016 08:06:18]
Canadians tend to be a bit more religious than most Europeans - though not more than the Poles or Ukrainians. Most important, their attitude to immigration and ethnic minorities is more positive than that of most Europeans.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Secure our borders first. Let us know and let us make sure the American people know that we're taking care of the important business of dealing with the illegal immigration into this country. You cannot begin to address the concerns of the people who are already here unless and until you have made certain that no more are coming in behind them.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
We must promote upward mobility, starting with solutions that speak to our broken education system, broken immigration policy, and broken safety-net programs that foster dependency instead of helping people get back on their feet.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Illegal immigration costs taxpayers $45 billion a year in health care, education, and incarceration expenses.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Illegal immigration is crisis for our country. It is an open door for drugs, criminals, and potential terrorists to enter our country. It is straining our economy, adding costs to our judicial, healthcare, and education systems.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
On the one hand we publicly pronounce the equality of all peoples on the other hand, in our immigration laws, we embrace in practice these very theories we abhor and verbally condemn.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Washington, D.C. is what is broken, not the immigration policies. We have good laws. We have people suffer every day because of government's failure to enforce the law and be respectful to the process we have. We have a pathway to citizenship already in place.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I don't see how the party that says it's the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I support concrete and progressive immigration reform based on three primary criteria: family reunification, economic contributions, and humanitarian concerns.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Illegal immigration is not just a matter of interest in states along our border with Mexico. It is having an effect on local economies, schools, health care delivery, and public safety all across the country.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I am a beneficiary of the American people's generosity, and I hope we can have comprehensive immigration legislation that allows this country to continue to be enriched by those who were not born here.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I mean, we must act with intelligence. We must work on this framework, so that immigration becomes an asset to both nations. Believe me, what - just the Mayor Bloomberg said here in New York, that this city would be stopped, totally stopped if it were not by the immigrants working here.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Legislation passed in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 enhanced our intelligence capabilities and strengthened our national defense, but until now our nation's immigration policies have not adapted to the needs of a post-September 11th world.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
It's impossible to walk a block in Miami, in Los Angeles, San Antonio without running into someone who is being deeply impacted by a broken legal immigration system.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
We should be the pro-legal immigration party. A party that has a positive platform and agenda on how we can create a legal immigration system that works for immigrants and works for America.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
While I support immigration regulated through a legal framework, I do not support rewarding those who broke the law to get here.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Therefore, if we are a Nation of laws and a Nation of immigrants, immigration should occur within a legal framework, not through the machinations of illegal schemes and scams that threaten our national security.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
They view massive immigration as a massive infusion of potential voters for the Democratic Party, and therefore will do nothing, absolutely nothing to stop that flow of legal or illegal entrance into the country.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Moreover, from reforming the tax code to our immigration system, to commonsense legal reform, President Bush put America on notice that he will continue fighting to make the country, and the world, a better place for future generations.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
We must make immigration a legal, orderly process to eliminate this issue, not further criminalize it.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
We need to be discussing issues specifically to help the American people. And that would not include illegal aliens. These are people - I'm for immigration - legal immigration. I've been an immigration attorney. But people who have come to our country and violated laws, we should not be providing full health care services.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Mexico takes a hard line on immigration, demanding that visitors to her shores enter lawfully, and show her respect during their stay.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
But my view is that you need a system at the border. You need some fencing but you need technology. You need boots on the ground. And then you need to have interior enforcement of our nation's immigration laws inside the country. And that means dealing with the employers who still consistently hire illegal labor.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Everywhere I travel throughout Eastern Washington, I hear from people demanding we do a better job of controlling our borders and reducing illegal immigration.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
With all the negativity going on in the world right now, people need an escape. When you give them a hit record or a great record, it allows them to escape for at least three to four minutes. They're not thinking bills or economy or immigration or war when you create that kind of ambiance.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
We are for a comprehensive solution to the immigration process. There was talk of a lot of little things on Monday. We decided to have a larger one which we hope will catch the attention of elected officials, especially the state and federal officials.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The current immigration system lacks the fundamental understanding of the need for immigrants in this country.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
According to the well-established supremacy doctrine, as well as the federal monopoly in immigration matters, the attorney general is under no obligation to heed this invalid order.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It's become much more difficult to win asylum and if an immigration officer issues a mistaken decision, it's highly unlikely the asylum seeker can reverse it.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm in favor of immigration but we also need rules.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There was no discernible impact on guest service at our resorts. We were happy to offer our employees a means by which they could express support for immigration reform.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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