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

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?