Last updated on: 10/27/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Steven A. Camarota, PhD Biography

Title:
Director of Research at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“The latest research indicates that we can reduce immigration secure in the knowledge that it will not harm the economy. Doing so makes sense if we are very concerned about low-wage and less-skilled workers in the United States. On the other hand, if one places a high priority on helping unskilled workers in other countries, then allowing in a large number of such workers should continue. Of course, only an infinitesimal proportion of the world’s poor could ever come to this country even under the most open immigration policy one might imagine. Those who support the current high level of unskilled legal and illegal immigration should at least do so with an understanding that those American workers harmed by the policies they favor are already the poorest and most vulnerable.”

“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

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
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:
  • Director of Research at the Center for Immigration Studies, Washington, D.C.
  • Often testifies before Congress and has published widely on the political and economic effects of immigration on the United States
  • Speaker, “The Immigration Debate: The Dream Act
    and Amnesty as Policy Questions” for Public Affairs Week at Baruch College, New York, Mar. 21, 2007
  • His articles on the impact of immigration have appeared in Social Science Quarterly, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and National Review
  • He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, NBC Nightly News, and ABC World News Tonight
Education:
  • PhD, Public Policy Analysis, University of Virginia
  • MA, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Do Undocumented Immigrants Pay Their "Fair Share" of Taxes?
  2. Are DACA and the DREAM Act Good for America?
  3. Does Illegal Immigration Relate to Higher Crime Incidence?
  4. Does Illegal Immigration Disadvantage American Workers?