The Great Immigration Debate "...The ones who come here are usually the most stupid of their nation...They are not used to freedom and do not know how to use it properly ... Unless the stream of these people can be turned away from their country to other countries, they will soon outnumber us so that we will not be able to save our language or our government." Benjamin Franklin "Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life. "--John F. Kennedy "Americans are not a narrow tribe. Our blood is as the flood of the Amazon, made up of a thousand noble currents all pouring into one." -Herman Melville The above quote and graphic are from http://education.indiana.edu/cas/tt/v2i2/they.html What do the above quotations mean? Do you agree or disagree with them? Why? Brainstorming Session Read the following questions and discuss them with someone in English. Take notes on your ideas. What do you already know about immigration? Are you or your family members immigrants? Where are you from and how and why did you come here? What is immigration reform?