Working with the underlying premise that America's founding principles continue to be vital in the modern era, Erler, Marini, and West take a conservative look at immigration, one of today's most pressing political issues. Character_the capacity to live a life befitting republican citizens_is, as the Founders knew, crucial to the debate about immigration. The Founders on Citizenship and Immigration seeks to revive the issue of republican character in the current immigration debate and to elucidate the constitutional foundations of American citizenship.
Edward J. Erler is professor of political science at California State University, San Bernardino and a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute. John Marini is associate professor of political science at University of Nevada, Reno and a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute. Thomas G. West is professor of politics at the University of Dallas and a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Politics and Immigration Chapter 2 American Citizenship and Postmodern Challenges Chapter 3 Immigration: The Founders' View and Today's Challenge Chapter 4 Progressivism, Immigration, and Citizenship