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Otis L. Graham Jr., PhD Biography

Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara
Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"

On March 17, 1982, Simpson and Romano Mazzoli (D.-Ky.) introduced the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). After a tortuous passage through Congress, in which its provisions were continuously watered down and its scope narrowed, the legislation was signed by Ronald Reagan in 1986. IRCA granted amnesty to illegal aliens in return for sanctions on those who hired illegally – sanctions that ultimately proved without teeth. Never considered satisfactory by immigration reformers, the legislation signed in 1986 did next to nothing in the long run to stem illegal immigration.

“Ronald Reagan’s Big Mistake,” The American Conservative, Jan. 27, 2003

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Visiting Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Fellow, Society of American Historians, 1975 – present
  • Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Public History, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1989 – 1995
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Center for Immigration Studies, 1985 – 1995
  • Panels on Fellowships and Grants, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1971 – 1990
  • Distinguished University Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1980 – 1989
  • Associate and Program Director, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, 1975 – 1980
  • Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1966 – 1980
  • Program Chairman, Organization of American Historians, 1977
  • Visiting Instructor, University of Hawaii, 1967
  • Visiting Instructor, Columbia University, 1967
  • Assistant Professor, California State University at Hayward, 1965 – 1966
  • Assistant Professor, Mount Vernon College, 1962 – 1965
  • U.S. Marine Corps, Artillery, 1957 – 1960
  • PhD, Modern American History, Columbia University, 1966
  • MA, American History, Columbia University, 1961
  • BA, History, Yale University, 1957
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