Fool Me Once

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1965 Ted Kennedy:

“I want to comment on … what the bill will not do. 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, [this bill] will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area. …”

“Thirdly, the bill will not permit the entry of subversive persons, criminals, illiterates or those with contagious disease. … As I noted a moment ago, no immigrant visa will be issued to a person who is likely to become a public charge. …”


“The charges I have mentioned are highly emotional, irrational and with little foundation in fact. They are out of line with the obligations of responsible citizenship. They breed hate of our heritage. …”

“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.”

1986 Ted Kennedy:

“This amnesty will give citizenship to only 1.3 million illegal aliens. We will secure the borders henceforth. We will never again bring forth an amnesty bill like this.”

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