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Ross Douthat Biography

Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times
Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“[A]dvocates for ‘comprehensive’ reform, the holy grail of liberal Democrats and moderate Republicans alike, have long implied that it’s essentially impossible to prevent illegal immigrants from finding their way to eager employers. Instead, they argue, we have no choice but to ratify the status quo — i.e., mass low-skilled immigration from Mexico and Central America — by creating a vast new guest-worker program and offering citizenship to illegal immigrants already here.

So far, though, Arizona’s E-Verify law seems to be providing a strong counterpoint to this counsel of despair. According to a recent study from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, the legislation reduced Arizona’s population of working-age illegal immigrants by about 17 percent, or roughly 92,000 people, in just a single year…

At least in the short term, there’s no good reason… to include any kind of amnesty. This was a dubious idea even during the last decade’s economic boom. It would be folly (and a political nonstarter) in this economic climate, which has left Americans without high school diplomas (who tend to lose out from low-skilled immigration) facing a 15 percent unemployment rate.

But eschewing amnesty doesn’t require shutting down immigration. Quite the opposite: With increased enforcement… the United States could welcome as many immigrants as we do today. But instead of shrugging as low-skilled workers jump the border to compete with the struggling American working class, our immigration policy should focus on recruiting well-educated migrants, opening the door to greater legal immigration from Asia, Africa and Europe.”

“Trust but E-Verify,” New York Times, May 29, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Op-Ed Columnist, New York Times, Apr. 2009-present
  • Blogger,
  • Film Critic, National Review
  • Senior Editor, The Atlantic, 2007-2009
  • Blogger,, 2007-2009
  • Former contributor, Weekly Standard, Slate, and Wall Street Journal
  • Former Blogger,
  • Former Columnist, Harvard Crimson
  • Former President, Harvard Salient
  • BA, magna cum laude, History and Literature, Harvard University, 2002
  • Attended Hamden Hall Country Day School, CT
  • Legal name is Ross Gregory Douthat
  • Upon joining the New York Times in Apr. 2009 at the age of 29, Douthat became the youngest regular op-ed columnist in the paper’s history
  • Married Abigail Tucker, reporter for the Baltimore Sun, on Sep. 29, 2007
  • Mother is writer Patricia Snow, father is trial lawyer Charles R. Douthat
  • Born in San Francisco, CA in Nov. 1979
  • Last name is pronounced Dow-thut