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Peter Nunez, JD Biography

Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Center for Immigration Studies
Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“Amnesty, or a ‘path to citizenship’ as its proponents call it, is bad for a number of reasons. First, it rewards illegal conduct, never a good idea, because it erodes the concept of the rule of law. But even worse, it encourages future illegal immigration, by demonstrating to the 4 billion people living in poverty around the world that the U.S. is not serious about enforcing its laws, and that it is worth the effort to immigrate illegally so they will benefit from the next amnesty. We gave amnesty to 2.7 million illegal aliens after the 1986 ‘reform,’ but there have been smaller, less publicized ‘amnesties’ handed out to particular groups since then, and the president wants amnesty for another 11 million. What message are we sending to those who would love nothing better than to live and work in this bountiful country? ‘Come on down,’ as the announcer used to say on ‘The Price is Right.’

But there is a third evil in an amnesty, and that is the effect it has on future legal immigration. Under current law, every one of those 11 million will be able to sponsor family members to immigrate legally. Based upon the 1986 amnesty, on average five legal immigrants were added to the population for each person who received amnesty. So the 11 million could add another 55 million legal immigrants in the next two decades. Is population growth at that level good for the national interest?”

“Immigration: Amnesty Plan a Bad Idea,”, Feb. 19, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Center for Immigration Studies
  • Lecturer, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of San Diego
  • US Attorney, Southern District of California, 1982-1988
  • US Assistant Secretary for Enforcement, US Treasury, 1990-1993
  • Former Partner, Litigation, Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison
  • Former Federal Prosecutor, Southern District of California
  • Law Clerk, Gordon Thompson, Jr., Southern District of California, 1970-1972
  • Former member, US Naval Reserve
  • JD, University of San Diego, 1970
  • BA, Duke University, 1964
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