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Ana Quintana is a policy analyst covering Latin America and the Western Hemisphere at The Heritage Foundation. She leads the foundation’s efforts in U.S. policy toward Latin America and has authored numerous policy studies. Her work has been cited in media venues such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg Business, and The Guardian. She has been a commentator on media outlets like Fox News, MSNBC, and Al Jazeera. Quintana holds a M.A. in global security studies and a B.A. in political science, both from Florida International University. She is originally from Miami, and her parents are political refugees from Cuba.

Featured Writings and Talks

"The world must turn back Venezuela's growing dictatorshipFox News Opinion; "Why this Cuban-American millennial will never support Obama’s betrayalThe Federalist; "Ana Quintana on Trump's immigration orders" MSBC’s Live with Kate Snow; "Ana Quintana Talks US-Mexico Relations" Fox Business; "Ana Quintana speaks to students at YAF's Road to Freedom Seminar on how free markets can restore greatness"Young American Foundation TV

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Why Immigrants Come to America:

"People view America as that beacon of hope and opportunity. Everybody always says I want to move northward because that's where the opportunity exists."

The Merits of the Melting Pot:

"I think that a melting pot is something that we want to aspire to. That's the great thing about America, that we're not a balkanized country where everybody's broken up into these different ethnic enclaves. At the end of the day we all are American citizens, regardless if you eat fried pork on Thanksgiving like my family does, we don't eat turkey, I've never eaten turkey on Thanksgiving. That's the most absurd thing. You eat pork, you eat rice and beans."

The Consequences of Bad Foreign Policy

"I would just say as someone who works on foreign policy, I would just hope that folks take the time to kind of look at the situations abroad, because I think prevention is the best medicine, right? We could've prevented what's happening in Syria and we didn't. And now look at what we're dealing with and look at what the Syrian refugees are dealing with. For whatever it is that we are experiencing the brunt of it, that humanitarian catastrophe is heartbreaking, the same thing with Central America and now we're seeing it with Venezuela."

Moderator

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Dr. David J. Skorton is the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian. Skorton, a board-certified cardiologist, previously was the president of Cornell University, a position he held from July 2006. He was also a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and in Cornell’s Department of Biomedical Engineering at the College of Engineering. An ardent and nationally recognized supporter of the arts and humanities, Skorton has called for a national dialogue to emphasize the importance of funding for these disciplines.

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Panelists

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Ali Noorani

Executive Director, National Immigration Forum

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Jeremy Robbins

Executive Director, New American Economy

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Ana Quintana

Policy Analyst - Latin America and the Western Hemisphere, The Heritage Foundation

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Beth Werlin

Executive Director, American Immigration Council