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James Jay Carafano, PhD, MSS, MA Biography

Vice President of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"

“The United States needs an immigration policy that serves all of us, including those living in the shadows. But a ‘comprehensive’ amnesty bill that would grant legal status to those here illegally has been tried before, and only made matters worse…

And, when it comes to addressing those unlawfully present, let’s develop the right solutions to address all conditions and situations. For those deserving, there are lots of tools, from deferred removal, to sponsorship, to depart and return, to a path to citizenship. Let’s package them judiciously for appropriate groups delivering tailored solutions that make sense.

Let’s work through the problems one by one and develop answers that can make us a nation of opportunity for all Americans and those wishing to live lawfully in America.”

“Deal Later With Those Here Illegally,”, 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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:
  • Adjunct Professor, Daniel Morgan Academy, Jan. 2016-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Hillsdale College, Jan. 2015-present
  • Vice President, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, Heritage Foundation, 2013-present
  • E.W. Richardson Fellow, Heritage Foundation, 2013-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, 2005-present
  • Visiting Defense Professor, Dec. 2005-present
  • Fleet Professor, US Naval War College, 2002-present
  • Member, President-Elect Trump’s Transition Team, 2016
  • Fellow, Homeland Security Policy Institute, 2007-2014
  • Senior Research Fellow, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, Heritage Foundation, 2003-2011
  • Deputy Director, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, Heritage Foundation, 2007-2010
  • Contributor, ABC-CLIO, Jan. 2001-Jan. 2008
  • Army Officer, US Army, June 1997-June 2002
  • Editorial staff, H-Diplo, Jan. 1999-Jan. 2002
  • Head speechwriter, US Army, Jan. 1998-Jan. 2000
  • PhD, History, Georgetown University, 2000
  • MA, History, Georgetown University, 1985
  • MSS, Strategy and Military Operations, US Army War College
  • BS, US Military Academy
  • Twitter handle: @JJCarafano
  • Recipient, W. Glenn and Rita Ricardo Campbell Award, 2005
Quoted in:
  1. Should State or Local Governments Help Enforce Federal Immigration Laws?