Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"Immigrants are human beings who have arbitrarily been classified as having a different legal status from the rest of the country’s inhabitants. The only thing that makes immigrants different from anybody else is the fact that they are denied the basic rights that the rest of us have. There is simply no humanly acceptable reason to define a group of people as different and deny them rights....
We had it right back in the 1980s when we insisted that 'No human being is illegal.' If discrimination on the basis of national origin is illegal, then we need to acknowledge that our immigration laws are illegal. Human rights—including the right to be recognized as a person equal to other people—apply to everyone: no exceptions. Let's admit that our discriminatory laws are unjustifiable. Let's abolish the category 'illegal' and give everyone the right to exist. We would solve the problem of illegal immigration with the stroke of a pen."
"How to Solve the Problem of Illegal Immigration with the Stroke of a Pen," beaconbroadside.com, Oct. 29, 2007
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:
Professor of History, Salem State University, 1997-present
Coordinator, Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies, Salem State University, 1999-present
Ena H. Thompson Visiting Professor in History, Pomona College, 2013
Visiting Professor, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2012
Associate Professor of History and Coordinator, Latin American Studies, Salem State College, 1999-2002
Associate Professor of History, Salem State College, 1997-1999
Assistant Professor of History, Bates College, 1990-1997
Teaching Assistant, History Department, University of California, Berkeley, 1987-1990
Teaching Assistant, Spanish Department, University of California, Berkeley, 1985-1987
United Farm Workers, 1976-1977
PhD, History, University University of California, Berkeley, 1990
MA, History, University of California, Berkeley, 1985
BA, Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Berkeley, 1982