Immigrant Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old immigrant quotes, immigrant sayings, and immigrant proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Like all immigrants, he seemed to have an unerring instinct for the oldest, truest words in his new language. The way he said the word, it felt free of the treacherous weight of mate.     

Richard Flanagan

Immigrant children are highly vulnerable. Their level of disadvantage and fragility has consistently grown due to factors outside their control.

Irwin Redlener

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

The truth is, immigrants tend to be more American than people born here.     

Chuck Palahniuk

These immigrants held out the hope of a new golden age for the old continent.     

Michel Houellebecq

Being an immigrant is not for sissies.

Helen Russell

Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.

Theodore Roosevelt

Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity.     

Jeb Bush

One of the great pluses of being an immigrant is you get to start again in terms of your identity. You get to shed the narratives which cling to you.     

Joseph O'Neill

Every single immigrant we have, undocumented or documented, is a future American. That's just the truth of it.     

Junot Diaz

To the newcomer who has not learned its language, a large city is a chaos of details, a vast Woolworths store of differently colored, simlarly priced objects.

Jonathan Raban

Like other important immigrant communities, the Jewish experience in the United States represents the ideal of freedom and the promise and opportunity of America.

Jan Schakowsky

Stability and security are just illusions. But they are necessary illusions because without them there would be no way of going on.     

Andrew Crofts

Once you are an immigrant, you never forget that you are one.     

Jorge Ramos

Learning to distinguish the illegal immigrant from the legal immigrant does not solve the problem of illegal immigration.     

Jan C. Ting

We of alien looks or words must stick together.

C.J. Sansom, Revelation

Immigrant: An unenlightened person who thinks one country better than another.     

Ambrose Bierce

Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.     

John F. Kennedy