Last updated on: 12/10/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Heritage Foundation Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Do not grant amnesty to illegal aliens. Regardless of the penalties imposed, any program that grants individuals who are unlawfully present the legal permission to remain here rewards illegal behavior and is unfair to those who obey the law and go through the regula­tory and administrative requirements to enter the country legally. Those who enter the United States illegally should not be rewarded with permanent legal status or other such benefits, and they should be penalized in any road to citizenship. Those who enter and remain in the country illegally are violating the law, and condoning or encouraging such violations increases the likelihood of further illegal conduct. The only fair way to resolve this problem is to insist that individuals currently in the country who have violated immigration statutes leave and then apply for admission through legal means.”

“Immigration,” www.MyHeritage.org (accessed Oct. 3, 2007)

Description:

“The Heritage Foundation is a unique institution-a public policy research organization, or ‘think tank.’ We draw solutions to contemporary problems from the ideas, principles and traditions that make America great.”

“About Us,” www.heritage.org (accessed Oct. 3, 2007)

Mission:

“The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute – a think tank – whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense… We are not afraid to begin our sentences with the words ‘We believe,’ because we do believe: in individual liberty, free enterprise, limited government, a strong national defense, and traditional American values… As conservatives, we believe the values and ideas that motivated our Founding Fathers are worth conserving. And as policy entrepreneurs, we believe the most effective solutions are consistent with those ideas and values… Our vision is to build an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity and civil society flourish.”

“About Us,” www.heritage.org (accessed Oct. 3, 2007)

Other:
501(c)(3) Public Charity
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?
  2. Is Illegal Immigration an Economic Burden to America?