Last updated on: 8/27/2017 | Author:

Ashley Nunes, PhD Biography

Research Scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Transportation & Logistics
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“A more pragmatic solution would be to offer a path to legalization that stops short of citizenship. That would meet the humanitarian imperative to keep families together. But it would also hold those who have violated immigration laws accountable for their actions. This would apply only to undocumented workers who were of legal age when they entered the United States; those who were not of legal age should be given a citizenship path identical to the one that is available to legal immigrants.

Except for those who were born on American soil, citizenship is not a right. It’s a privilege. A path short of citizenship sends a powerful message to America’s legal-immigrant community, whose members have
worked tirelessly to follow existing immigration guidelines. There is a rule of law, and citizenship is granted to those who follow it.”

“A Path to Legal Status but Not Citizenship,”, Mar. 31, 2017

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Center for Transportation & Logistics
  • Contributor, Forbes
  • PhD, Engineering Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Has been published in Washington Post, Globe and Mail, Scientific American, The Atlantic, New Statesman, and American Scientist
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?