Last updated on: 12/7/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Felipe Calderón, MPA Biography

Title:
President of the United States of Mexico
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“PRESIDENT FELIPE CALDERON (MEXICO): …I don’t want to see Mexico as a permanent provider of workers to the United States. I want to build the conditions in Mexico to provide the opportunities here in our land…[I]n the future, I can imagine a Mexico with enough economic growth in order to provide for all of them, enough conditions for prosperity…

DIANE SAWYER (ABC NEWS): Do you still feel the fence is deplorable?

PRESIDENT FELIPE CALDERON (MEXICO): I think so, yes.”

Interview with Good Morning America, Anchor Diane Sawyer, Oct. 8, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
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:
  • President of the United States of Mexico, 2006-present
  • Former President and Member, National Action Party
  • Secretary of Energy, 2003-2004
  • President, Board of Political Coordination, 2002
  • Federal Deputy, 58th Legislature, 2000
  • Member, Municipal Assembly, Mexico City
  • Vice President, Christian Democrat Organization of America (CDOA)
  • Member, “World Leaders of the Future,” World Economic Forum, 1997-2000
  • Former General Director, National Bank of Public Works and Services (BANOBRAS)
  • Recipient, North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Congressional Leadership Award from the Mexico-US Chamber of Commerce
  • Recipient, Cámara Nacional de la Industria de Transformación (CANACINTRA) Eagle Award for Legislative Merit award from the National Chamber of the Manufacturing Industry
  • Has written as an editorialist for Mexico’s main newspapers
Education:
  • MPA, Public Administration, John F. Kennedy School, Harvard University
  • Master’s degree, Economics, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
  • Bachelor’s degree, Law, Escuela Libre de Derecho
Other:
  • Legal name: Felipe Calderón Hinojosa
  • He is the son of Luis Calderón Vega, a school teacher who helped found the National Action Party in 1939
Quoted in:
  1. Should the United States Continue to Build a Fence or Wall along the US/Mexico Border?