Katrina vanden Heuvel on Immigration
Katrina vanden Heuvel has been The Nation's editor since 1995 and publisher since 2005.
She is the co-editor of Taking Back America--And Taking Down The Radical Right (NationBooks, 2004) and, most recently, editor of The Dictionary of Republicanisms, (NationBooks, 2005)
She is a frequent commentator on American and international politics on MSNBC, CNN and PBS. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Boston Globe.
She is a recipient of Planned Parenthood's Maggie Award for her article, "Right-to-Lifers Hit Russia." The special issue she conceived and edited, "Gorbachev's Soviet Union," was awarded New York University's 1988 Olive Branch Award. Vanden Heuvel was also co-editor of Vyi i Myi, a Russian-language feminist newsletter.
She has received awards for public service from numerous groups, including The Liberty Hill Foundation, The Correctional Association and The Association for American-Russian Women. In 2003, she received the New York Civil Liberties Union's Callaway Prize for the Defense of the Right of Privacy. She is also the recipient of The American-Arab Anti-discrimination Committee's 2003 "Voices of Peace" award. Vanden Heuvel is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, and she also serves on the board of The Institute for Women's Policy Research, The Institute for Policy Studies, The World Policy Institute, The Correctional Association of New York and The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.
She is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, and she lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
vanden Heuvel: We’ve squandered the last many years. I think it will be tougher, in tough economic times, to have a fair debate. What’s always off the radar, what surprises me, is there’s so little attention to going to the root cause. There’s so little attention to how one promotes economic development, for example, in Mexico, or in central parts of Latin America, because that is the root cause from where people come to seek work. They’re not coming here to have fun. They need work. They need jobs. It will be not high on the agenda, I fear, but it will be central to an America that is abiding by rule of law and has a moral core to treat those who come here with a set of principles that allow American workers to be on a level playing field with workers coming from abroad, and I think part of what we need to pass on is that if we don’t level the playing field so that there is a path to citizenship for immigrant workers, the race to the bottom is going to hurt American workers. We’re in this together. We’re in the same boat, so let’s have a floor from which we can all rise from and to find that solidarity between workers, America and those coming from abroad will be part of, I think, a productive immigration policy as well as going to the central economic issues.
The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel on the needs of immigrants.
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