I wanted this as more of a discussion rather than a debate, but this doesn't fit in with any of the discussion forums. So I am putting it here. Here are some quotes I recently discovered in a book concerning immigration (both legal and illegal): "These people are not Americans. They are the very scum and offal of [their homeland]." "There should be a law to keep all the [race] from coming in and taking the bread out of the mouths of honest people." (Concerning the living habits of these immigrants, who often live several families to a household) "[They] herd together like animals and live like beasts." What's interesting about these quotes is that you can hear their like all over the country. But these quotes I found in a history textbook, from the 1890s. Mostly they were talking about immigrants from Poland and Italy. The first quote is actually, "These people are not Americans. They are the very scum and offal of Europe." The second, "There should be a law to keep all Italians from coming in and taking the bread out of the mouths of honest people." The third is a quote concerning all immigrants. Now, I am all for legal immigration, and all against illegal immigration. But today it seems as if some people (not necessarily on this board) throw the baby out with the bathwater. I have heard comments similar to those from the 1890s concerning Mexicans. Here's one we've all heard, "We should just completely close down the border." This post is not a rebuke, but an admonishment to remember that while we do need to fight illegal immigration, we must not let illegal immigration cloud our vision towards legal immigration. It's a fine line to walk. It's easy to let righteous indignation turn to unrighteous.