Illegal immigration is a major political topic in the United States of America today. According to a CBS / New York Times poll, Americans believe illegal immigration is a serious problem by over a 9 to 1 margin (CBS, May 18-23, 2007). There are many different positions that political parties and ideological movements have taken as it relates to illegal immigration. Some are steadfast while others are still deciding on their official position. This paper will examine a wide spectrum of think tanks and their official position on illegal immigration. Each of these examinations will identify their ideological bias, their credibility, and their argument.
The Center for Immigration Studies is a right-leaning think tank that describes itself as an “independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization”. Their mission states the following:
It is the Center's mission to expand the base of public knowledge and understanding of the need for an immigration policy that gives first concern to the broad national interest. The Center is animated by a pro-immigrant, low-immigration vision which seeks fewer immigrants but a warmer welcome for those admitted.
The Center for Immigration Studies claims it is “the nation's only think tank devoted exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States” (Center for Immigration Studies).
While the Center for Immigration Studies describes itself as an “independent organization”, their position is in line with the right on most aspects of illegal immigration. The Center does not state an official position on illegal immigration outside of its broad mission statement. However, the Center does link to a number of publications that it is fair to say reflects its goals and aims. A good summary of the right’s position on illegal immigration is referred to in an article posted by the Center for Immigration Studies. It... [continues]
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