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

Western Governor's Association (WGA) Biography

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

“Western Governors this year continued to call on Congress and the administration to approve a comprehensive national immigration policy that will strengthen security along the southern border, create a temporary guest worker program without amnesty to meet specific workforce needs, and provide reimbursement for local and state governments now filling the enforcement void.”

“2007 Annual Report,” www.westgov.org (accessed July 16, 2007)

Description:

“The Western Governors’ Association is an independent, nonpartisan organization of Governors representing 19 Western states, and three U.S.-flag Pacific islands. Through their Association, Governors identify and address key policy and governance issues in natural resources, the environment, human services, economic development, international relations and public management. Governors select issues for further review based on regional interest and impact. WGA helps the Governors develop strategies both for complex, long-term issues facing the West and for the region’s immediate needs. Governors use WGA to develop and advocate policies that reflect regional interests and relationships in debates at the national and state levels. WGA also acts as a center of innovation to find promising solutions for problems in the region.”

“2007 Annual Report,” www.westgov.org (accessed July 16, 2007)

Mission:

“WGA addresses important policy and governance issues in the West, advances the role of the Western states in the federal system, and strengthens the social and economic fabric of the region. WGA develops policy and carries out programs in the areas of natural resources, the environment, human services, economic development, international relations and state governance. WGA acts as a center of innovation and promotes shared development of solutions to regional problems.”

“About Us,” www.westgov.org (accessed July 16, 2007)

Other:
501(c)(3) Public Charity