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Alan Simpson

Statesman and Advocate

There were 2.9 million human beings who were brought out of the dark, who were living in an illegal society -- they were living illegally in a legal society, and nobody knew they were illegal. They were working in jobs. Some of them were businessmen. So when we put together the Simpson-Rodino, Simpson-Mazzoli bill, we said, "Anyone here before the date -- we set the date -- January 1st, 1982, is hereby given amnesty, and can remain in the United States. Come forward, get temporary papers. Then temporary resident, then permanent resident." And about once a month one of those 2.9 million people from somewhere come up to me in a cab and they say, "Hey, I'm here. Here I am. And you did that. " And I saw at Harvard the other day, beautiful couple, boy and a girl, different race, and this young man said, "My two parents were legalized under your bill." And she said, "My two parents were legalized under your bill, and we're just here to thank you." And they're both Harvard students. I said, "God, I've taken a lot of crap in life, but every time I get one of those, you know, that's it." So that is truly the most gratifying. And it happens quite often. Cab drivers jump out to say, "Hey Simpson, is that you?" I say, "Yeah." "Well, I was living the life of Reilly, except I wasn't legal, and now, since then " and then they tell you what they're doing.
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Alan Simpson

Statesman and Advocate

The American Dream is still there, and don't let them equate it with greed. Because if you stop to think about it, I always say, "Don't forget what makes American great." They say, "What?" I say, "Greed." Now stop a minute and think what happened in the toughest times. Robber barons, child labor. Carnegies, Mellons, Rockefellers, but what did they do? When they got it, they realized, "Wait a minute. There is a social obligation here." Carnegie put a library in every country in America, a Carnegie library. Mellon took his money and put it into America, and the Rockefellers put their money into America. But in the early generations it was guilt about their accumulation that made them do that. Now you've got the new guys, and Gates is feeling the heat. Like, "What are you going to do with all that money? Why don't you get off your fanny?" So Turner set the tone for that. Turner's put up a billion bucks. For what? The U.N. or something. This is great. This is the new guys who have scored it up and now they're getting heat. These kids ask these guys, "Well, now you all made a ton of money, what are you doing with it?" "We're plowing it back in the business." I know, and what's that for? "That's for jobs." They hear that, but they want to see them do a little something charitably and socially, and they are. So the wheel goes around, and it's still the American Dream, and it's still about capitalism and freedom, and doing crazy things, and building goofy things and whatever. But you've got to be about half goofy, and it's fun to do that.
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Carlos Slim

Financier and Philanthropist

Carlos Slim: I think everyone is an immigrant. If you go to the glaciation, people moved around every place. There were nomads all around. America, including the Indians that came to America maybe 25 or 30,000 years ago. Everyone is an immigrant in one form or the other. And I think immigrants are very strong people. When you left your country without knowing the language of the other country, without knowing the culture, without knowing where you are going, and you are only 14 years old, you should be very strong and you get stronger with this. I think immigrants in general are very, very hard workers and very strong inside themselves. They should be very strong. I admire immigrants from anywhere.
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Frederick W. Smith

Founder, Federal Express

When I was in the Marine Corps as a lieutenant, I had come up from a good background, went to a fine university at Yale. I wasn't exactly exposed to folks that were in the blue collar professions and occupations. And then here I was in the Marine Corps, and became a platoon leader, and I was surrounded by kids like that. I maybe was three years older than they were. I was 21, they were 18. But these were youngsters from very different backgrounds than I was. You know, blue collar backgrounds, steelworkers, and truck drivers, and gas station folks. And there we were, out in the countryside in Vietnam, living together, eating together and obviously going through all sorts of things.
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Frederick W. Smith

Founder, Federal Express

We're the thing that binds everybody else together. And successfully navigating from a mostly national economic structure, to now a global structure with different types of cultures and governments and what have you. I mean, all you have to do is pick up the newspaper and see it every day. And it's going to be important that the United States and FedEx, every year that goes by, does better in the way we deal with other cultures. And is respectful of other peoples' points of view and makes a contribution and doesn't become one of the problems in the world.
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