Last updated on: 12/6/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Heather Mac Donald, MA, JD Biography

Title:
Fellow at the Manhattan Institute
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Under debate is L.A.’s sanctuary policy, special order 40, which prohibits the police from enforcing immigration laws… This is preposterous. To arrest an American citizen for a crime, arrest warrants are rarely required; about 95% of arrests of citizens are warrantless. But in L.A., under the new rules, illegal criminals will have due process rights that guarantee them not just judicial review before they can be taken off the streets, but federal judicial review—the gold standard of all constitutional protections. Maybe home-grown criminals should renounce their citizenship and reenter the country illegally. It would be a constitutional windfall for them. It is a world turned upside down where border trespassers have more protections from a state they have already thumbed their noses at than legal residents.”

“Illegal Immigrants to Get More Constituttional Rights than Citizens,” www.michellemalkin.com The Immigration Blog, Mar. 9, 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:
  • John M. Olin Fellow, Manhattan Institute
  • Contributing Editor, City Journal
  • Appointed to Mayor Giuliani’s task force on the City University of New York
    Former Attorney-Advisor, Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1998
  • Former Law Clerk, Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Volunteer, National Resource Defense Fund, New York City
Education:
  • JD, Stanford University Law School
  • MA, English, Mellon Fellowship, Cambridge University
  • BA, English, Yale University
Other:
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