Last updated on: 10/1/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Ricardo Parra Biography

Title:
Former Executive Director of the Midwest Council of La Raza at the University of Notre Dame
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Border security must fit within a process of comprehensive reform (i.e. interior and employer enforcement, legalization, and guest workers); enforcement only is insufficient…

The House should reshape its legislation to provide true immigration reform along the lines of bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform recommended by the Senate. It addresses border security and enforcement, a smart and efficient immigration system, earned legalization for undocumented immigrants who qualify and a guest-worker program to meet the economic needs of the U.S…

A path to legal status for the current undocumented population is integral to enhance national security.”

“The Reid-Kennedy Bill: The Effect on American Workers’ Wages and Employment Opportunities,” Prepared Statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Hearing on Immigration, Aug. 29, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Writer and consultant based in Indianapolis, IN
  • Contributor to the column In Touch on Indystar.com
  • Worked for the Social Security Administration (now retired)
  • Former Executive Director of the Midwest Council of La Raza, University of Notre Dame
  • Member of the Chicago Region Hispanic Action Committee and the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 3571, where he has served as Fair Practices Coordinator
  • Active in the civil rights movement throughout many years and a long time community leader and advocate
  • Former member of the Indiana Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • Co-founded Poetry Alliance of Indy in May 1999
  • Member, Commission on Latino Affairs, Indianapolis, IN
  • Member, Justice for Immigrants Coalition
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • Born in Kansas City, KS in 1946
Quoted in:
  1. Do Undocumented Immigrants Pay Their "Fair Share" of Taxes?