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David Seminara Biography

Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies
Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“Almost everyone agrees that something has to be done to resolve America’s illegal immigration crisis. But will any of the reform plans that include a ‘pathway to citizenship’ for illegal immigrants solve the problem?…

The plan will vindicate those who broke the law. I had the pleasure of issuing immigrant visas to applicants who jumped through all of the hoops and waited years in their home countries to come to the U.S. legally. Any plan that provides the same prize to those who flouted the law is a mistake. The message to the hundreds of millions around the world who aspire to live in the U.S. will be clear: Those who broke the law still got green cards. Their decision to come illegally will be perceived as a smart one in their home countries, which will only encourage more illegal immigration.”

“Legalizing Illegal Immigrants Is a Bad Idea,”, Feb. 8, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Fellow, Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), 2009-present
  • Freelance writer, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Magazine, Boston Globe Magazine, BBC, and others
  • Consular Officer, Budapest, Hungary, US Foreign Service, 2006-2007
  • Consular Officer, Port of Spain, Trinidad, US Foreign Service, 2004-2005
  • Tenured Member, US Foreign Service, 2002-2007
  • Consular Officer, Skopje, Macedonia, US Foreign Service, 2002-2004
  • BA, Management and International Business, Villanova University
  • Twitter handle: @DaveSem
  • Lives in Bend, OR
  • He and his wife, Jen, have two sons, Leo and James
Quoted in:
  1. Should States Issue Driver’s Licenses to Immigrants in the United States Illegally?