Europe’s loss of these men was America’s gain. We did not guarantee these immigrants subsidized medical care, a right to a job, a right to an education, or anything from the government other than protection for their freedom and the right to try to succeed and keep what earnings they made. That was all that was needed. We promised liberty; other nations did not. We got the immigrants we needed to give us the boost to become a first-rate power in the world, because the best reason to come to America was the freedom of opportunity this country afforded these individuals.
- Burt Folsum