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

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?