Simon Hankinson is an American diplomat who is currently working on his Master’s degree at the prestigious National Defense University (NDU). The NDU is funded by the Department of Defense to train emerging leaders to address important national and international security challenges.

In an op-ed, published by The Fiscal Times, Hankinson effectively exposes the futility of current efforts to reform our nation’s immigration policies. Hankinson notes that, “Burgeoning populations, limited economic opportunities, wars, poor governance, and other ‘push’ factors abroad are going to get worse before they get better,” and argues that granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens will only exacerbate the immigration problems that current efforts at “immigration reform” claim they will remedy.

Hankinson is no stranger to the nexus between immigration policy and national security matters. In a 2010 article published in the State Department’s Foreign Service Journal, Hankinson urged greater use of DNA testing to eliminate fraud in family-based immigration.

Hankinson’s complete Fiscal Times op-ed can be read here.