MLK speechwriter wrote that he was against illegal immigration

Clarence B. Jones, a former lawyer, close advisor, and speechwriter for Martin Luther King Jr revealed just how against illegal immigration he was.

Political Insider:

Here are some top quotes about illegal immigration from Jones book, ‘What Would Martin Say,’ regarding what he thinks MLK would have to say about the matter of illegal immigration.

  • On illegal immigration in general: He’d say, ‘If you’re in this country illegally, have you come here in order to protest what you consider an ‘unjust law?’ If you haven’t, then for whatever other reason you’re here, even if it’s to make money for your sick child, which is as good a reason as there is, then you’re just violating the immigration laws of this country and deserve no more consideration from the authorities than does a thief.”
  • On groups who use King’s name in the fight for illegal immigration: Jones imagines that Kingwould’ve told groups such as La Raza, “I find it offensive and insulting when you wave Mexican and Salvadoran flags and compare yourself to civil rights demonstrators — black American citizens — who were denied their inalienable rights as Americans by those who hated them only and entirely because of their skin color.”
  • On politicians who support illegal immigrants over legal immigrants or American citizens: “You were elected to do what’s right by your American constituents, whether or not they line your pockets with reelection donations. Please, before you make it easier for the unfortunate of other countries to come here, consider the cost of your actions on the less fortunate of the country whose Constitution you’ve sworn to uphold.”


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