Last updated on: 8/19/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Matthew Spalding, PhD Biography

Title:
Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies at the Heritage Foundation
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“One of the most contentious issues in the debate over immigration reform is how to deal with the estimated 12 to 15 million illegal aliens in the United States. Supporters of “comprehensive” reform often falsely present the issue as a choice between permanent legalization and the forced deportation of each and every illegal immigrant. As the latter is unacceptable, the only reasonable position, they contend, is legalization, the approach adopted by the amnesty provisions of the Senate’s immigration legislation. This approach is deeply flawed; it has been tried before and failed miserably. The better solution is to rely on law enforcement and market forces to end America’s addiction to undocumented labor and to create legitimate opportunities for immigrants to continue their contributions to keeping America safe, free, and prosperous.”

“What to Do With the Unlawfully Present Population? A Fair and Practical Strategy,” Heritage Foundation, June 5, 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:
  • Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies, Heritage Foundation, 1994-present
  • Senior Policy Analyst, Claremont Institute
  • Adjunct Fellow, Claremont Institute
  • Board Academic Advisor, Mount Vernon Estate (George Washington’s home)
  • Former Professor, American Government, George Mason University
  • Former Professor, American Government, Catholic University of America
  • Former Professor, American Government, Claremont McKenna College
  • Former Professor, American Government, Hillsdale College
Education:
  • PhD, Government, Claremont Graduate School
  • Attended Claremont McKenna College
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. What Is Immigration Amnesty?