Hart-Celler Act hearings 1965 Quote: Senate immigration subcommittee chairman Edward Kennedy (D-MA.) reassured his colleagues and the nation with the following:<quoted text>
Bush pandered to the special interest groups that lobbied for an amnesty too and the problem did not start with him either. It started when they passed an amnesty in 1986. Ted Kennedy push for it and promised it would be the last one we would ever need, our borders would be secured and our immigration laws enforced. Ronald Reagan signed it into law.
Ted Kennedy was pushing for another amnesty using the same promises when Bush was in office and after Obama was in office. Kennedy pushed right up until his death.
Amnesty does nothing more than give out an open invitation for more people to come here illegally and await the next one. Making the same mistakes over and over and expecting different results.
Most Americans have finally sat up and taken notice and are saying, "We have had enough"!
"First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually. Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the same ... Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset ... Contrary to the charges in some quarters,[the bill] will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area, or the most populated and deprived nations of Africa and Asia ... In the final analysis, the ethnic pattern of immigration under the proposed measure is not expected to change as sharply as the critics seem to think."
Sen. Kennedy concluded by saying,
"The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs." (U.S. Senate, Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization of the Committee on the Judiciary, Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 1965. pp. 1-3.)
"This amnesty will give citizenship to only 1.1 to 1.3 million illegal aliens. We will secure the borders henceforth. We will never again bring forward another amnesty bill like this."
-- Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy on the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
"The agreement we just reached is the best possible chance we will have in
years to secure our borders, bring millions of people out of the shadows and
into the sunshine of America"
May 17, 2007
Ted Kennedy -- Senator from Massachusetts
Member of the Democratic Party