They were up until about 100 years ago when the Catholic bashers from the Know Nothing Party got the first immigration laws to close our border passed to keep those nasty Irish, Italian, and Polish Papists from taking over the country.
But hey, now that we are in, who cares? Lets pull up the drawbridge and not let the tired, the poor, the homeless, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free in any more. We got ours, heck with them.
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
“The LORD your God is the God of all gods and Lord of all lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who doesn’t play favorites and doesn’t take bribes. He enacts justice for orphans and widows, and he loves immigrants, giving them food and clothing. That means you must also love immigrants because you were immigrants in Egypt” Deuteronomy 10:17-19
“You must not oppress foreigners. You know what it’s like to be a foreigner, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt” Exodus 23:9
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
I guess we are just kidding.
I’m pretty sure they didn’t have “legal” immigrants in biblical times.