Last updated on: 3/3/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Nathan Thornburgh Biography

Title:
Senior Editor of Time magazine
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Amnesty has emerged as the pariah term of the immigration debate, disavowed even by those who believe in its goals. But what are the alternatives to letting illegals stay? Deporting millions? Devising other punishments? Doing nothing at all?…

Whether you fine illegal aliens or stick them in English classes or make them say a hundred Hail Marys, at the end of the day, illegals would be allowed to stay and become citizens… That’s amnesty. And that’s a good thing for America. Amnesty won’t depress wages – globalization has already done that. Amnesty will not undermine the rule of law… It sounds counterintuitive, but with immigration, forgiving a crime may be the best way to restore law and order. Amnesty won’t necessarily add to the social-services burden. […] Amnesty would offer millions… a fighting chance at self-sufficiency and social mobility.”

“The Case For Amnesty,” Time, June 7, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Editor, Time magazine, 2005-present
  • Winner, Association for Women in Communications Clarion Award, 2006
  • Columnist, The Stranger, Seattle
  • High School Teacher
Education:
  • Graduate, Stanford University, 1997
  • High School Diploma, Lowell High School, 1993
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?