MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR: Is Immigration Reform a Humanist Concern?

In exploring ideas for the next “Humanist Debate” in Humanist Network News, many readers suggested the topic of immigration in relation to current U.S. policy. The last time the American Humanist Association issued a resolution on immigration was in 1953 and simply stated the need for further research. Since then, immigration has become a hot topic among political leaders, and it appears that humanists and atheists are divided on the issue. Is immigration a human rights issue? Should we as United States citizens be concerned about overpopulation? Should immigration be a humanist concern at all? For those of you willing to share your thoughts on either side of the debate, please write to us at

Maggie Ardiente
Editor, HNN