Last updated on: 1/3/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Ruben G. Rumbaut, PhD Biography

Title:
Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Irvine (UCI)
Position:
None Found to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Public policies must be based on facts, not anecdotes or emotions. And the fact is that the vast majority of immigrants are not ‘criminals’ in any meaningful sense of the word. The bulk of the immigration-enforcement apparatus in this country is not devoted to capturing the ‘worst of the worst’ foreign-born criminals. Rather, as Secure Communities exemplifies all too well, the detention-and-deportation machine is designed primarily to track down and expel non-violent individuals, including legal residents of the United States who have worked and raised families here for many years. This brand of immigration policy is cruel, pointless, shortsighted, and counterproductive. And it is not an effective substitute for immigration reform which makes our immigration system responsive to the economic and social forces which drive migration in the first place.”

Cowritten with Walter Ewing and Daniel E. Martinez, “The Criminalization of Immigration in the United States,” americanimmigrationcouncil.org, July 13, 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of California at Irvine, 2002-present
  • Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, 1997-1998 and 2016-2017
  • Recipient, Distinguished Career Award, American Sociological Association, 2014
  • Recipient, Distinguished Scholarship (Best Book) Award, American Sociological Association, 2002
  • Professor, Sociology, Michigan State University, 1993-2002
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 2000-2001
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 2000-2001
  • Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, New York City, 1997-1998
  • Faculty, University of California, San Diego, 1978-1993
  • Faculty, California State University, San Diego, 1978-1993
  • W.I. Thomas and Florian Znaniecki Award, American Sociological Association
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford
  • Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, New York City
  • Founding Chair, Section on International Migration, American Sociological Association
  • Founding member, Committee on International Migration, Social Science Research Council
Education:
  • PhD, Sociology, Brandeis University, 1978
Other:
  • Elected member, Council of the American Sociological Association
  • Elected member, Sociological Research Association
  • Elected member, General Social Survey Board of Overseers
  • Elected member, Committee on Population, National Academy of Sciences
  • Born in Havana, Cuba, Dr. Rumbaut immigrated to the United States when he was 12 years old.
Quoted in:
  1. Does Illegal Immigration Relate to Higher Crime Incidence?
  2. Does Illegal Immigration Relate to Higher Crime Incidence?