Yes, slaves were immigrants, however not in the sense we usually think. Why do people come here? Look at what the Statue of Liberty says, "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-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" What is or are the operative words here? "Yearning to breathe free. Were the slaves free? No. Could they vote, raise their families, work for themselves? To all these questions the answer is a resounding No. Captured, chained and transported was how they got here. Have any other immigrants come to these shores in such a manner? The asnwer again is no. All who have arrived before and after slavery came for a better life not to be chattel. Not to have no say in their lives. Not to be used and abused. True immigrants come because they want a better life. They may come shoe-less, coat-less and homeless but it's their choice. They may come with only the clothes on their backs but once again I say it's their choice. Mr. Carson, no slave ever came to these shores willingly. Think about that. as you continue to tell the world something it knows to be untrue. It's time for truth and I don't see it from you or any other republican at this time. Hope you all wake up before it's too late.