Last updated on: 12/6/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

University of Southern Alabama Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“People often speak about the Constitution and their ‘Constitutional Rights’ or ‘Civil Liberties.’ …Very few people have taken the time to read the Constitution of the United States and to understand their rights and how they work. The Constitution refers to three kinds of people to whom the Constitution applies: citizens, persons, and the people. Those distinctions mean that aliens have some rights, but not all. In looking at Constitutional Rights, note first to whom the discussion applies…

If you are an alien who has been admitted to the U.S., then generally you have these rights. If you entered the U.S. illegally and were, therefore, not properly ‘admitted,’ then some of the protections do not apply to you… Under the basic rules of international law, every state (country) has the sovereign right to determine who may enter and remain within its borders and under what conditions. In general, a person who is not a citizen of a country has no ‘right’ to be in that country. As an alien, not a citizen, you do not have all of the rights or protections that a citizen has.”

“Constitutional Rights of International Students and Scholars,” www.southalabama.edu, Jan. 31, 2006

Description:

“The University of South Alabama (USA) was chartered in 1963 by the State of Alabama as a comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education. The University serves as a major center of high quality and accessible undergraduate, graduate, and professional education for metropolitan Mobile, the State of Alabama, the Gulf Coast region, and the southeastern United States.”

“About USA – General Information,” www.southalabama.edu (accessed Mar. 15, 2007)

Mission:

“The University mission actively embraces the functions of teaching, research, public service, and health care through which it vigorously pursues the preservation, discovery, communication and the application of knowledge. As it grows and develops, the University will focus its strengths to produce programs of interdisciplinary excellence that address the special needs of the people it serves.”

“About USA – General Information,” www.southalabama.edu (accessed Mar. 15, 2007)

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