Last updated on: 12/3/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Mexican American Legal Defence and Educational Fund (MALDEF) Biography

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

“Mr. President, …We believe that enforcement – only measures alone, …will do nothing to fix our broken immigration system and that a comprehensive approach to immigration reform is the only solution. …You outlined the need for a comprehensive approach to immigration reform. You called on Congress to pass legislation that would secure our borders, enhance worksite enforcement, create a temporary worker program, resolve the status of illegal immigrants already here, and promote assimilation into our society, including by learning English. …The Latino community, whose interests we represent, expected Congress to enact feasible and humane immigration policies that would restore the rule of law and enhance security, reunite families, protect workers, promote citizenship and civic participation, and help local communities.”

MALDEF, letter to President George W. Bush, Oct. 23, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“Founded in 1968 in San Antonio, Texas, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) is the leading nonprofit Latino litigation, advocacy and educational outreach institution in the United States.”

“About Us,” www.maldef.org (accessed Jan. 25, 2007)

Mission:

“[T]o foster sound public policies, laws and programs to safeguard the civil rights of the 40 million Latinos living in the United States and to empower the Latino community to fully participate in our society.”

“About Us,” www.maldef.org (accessed Jan. 25, 2007)

Other:
Non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Term "Illegal Alien" Be Used to Define Persons in Violation of Immigration Law?
  2. Should States Issue Driver’s Licenses to Immigrants in the United States Illegally?