Last updated on: 9/7/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Edward J. Erler, PhD Biography

Title:
Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute and Professor Emeritus of Political Science at California State University at San Bernardino
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“We had an amnesty back in 1986… we almost had amnesties on two different occasions subsequently…but this would be a great boon for the Democratic party because Hispanics become Democrats. They don’t become Republicans by and large…

You can imagine if we have say 12-20 million illegal immigrants in the country now…and about 8-10 million are probably adults and given amnesty and eventually become citizens, here are 6-8 million…new Democratic voters and this is a great boon to the Democrats. They are looking to the long-term future. But Republicans also like illegal immigration…because we want cheap labor and we want exploitable labor…

I think that in the long run the Democrats have the best of the bargain. They get future voters and we [Republicans] get short-term profits. I think thats a bad, bad bargain.”

Talk at the Luxe Hotel (Los Angeles, CA), July 14, 2011, available at youtube.com

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Fellow, Claremont Institute
  • Member, Board of Directors, Claremont Institute
  • Professor Emeritus of Political Science, California State University, San Bernardino
  • Former Distinguished Visiting Professor, Hillsdale College
  • Member, California Civil Rights Commission, 1988-2006
  • California Constitutional Revision Commission, 1996
  • Director of Bicentennial Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1983-1984
Education:
  • PhD, Government, Claremont Graduate School
  • MA, Government, Claremont Graduate School
  • BA, San Jose State University
Other:
  • Has testified before the House Judiciary Committee about birthright citizenship and voting rights
Quoted in:
  1. Birthright Citizenship Debate: Should Children Born on US Soil to Undocumented Immigrants Automatically Have US Citizenship?