Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"Just a few weeks ago, we discussed the Secure Border Initiative with CBP [U.S. Customs and Border Protection]. We discussed that it is perhaps the integration of effort among CBP, ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement], and CIS [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services] into a more efficient and effective system that is yielding real results in DHS’ [Department of Homeland Security] efforts to secure the border, improve immigration enforcement, and reform our immigration system...
I know the challenge is enormous; I know the task is difficult. Rest assured, no one wants to see you [Julie L. Myers, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for ICE, and Emilio Gonzalez, Director of CIS] succeed more than the Members of this Subcommittee. And so, I remain optimistic at the signs of progress we are seeing. The integration of the Secure Border Initiative is certainly making a real difference in the reform of our immigration system."
"Priorities in Enforcing Immigration Laws and Temporary Worker Program," Congressional Hearing Statement as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Mar. 27, 2007
Experts Immigration officials, people with post-graduate degrees in fields relevant to immigration issues, Members of Congress, or elected officials with significant involvement in, or related to, immigration issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
U.S. House Representative (R-KY), 1980 - present
Member, House Appropriations Committee, 1983 - present
Chairman, Subcommittee on Homeland Security, 2003 - present
Member of the Congressional "College of Cardinals" (elite group of 12 House members who chair a House Appropriations Subcommittee)
Chairman, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, 2007
Chairman, Subcommittee on Transportation, 2001 - 2002
Chairman, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary, 1995 - 2000
Republican Nominee for Kentucky's Lieutenant Governor, 1979
Kentucky & North Carolina National Guard, 1957 - 1964
Honorary degrees from: Morehead State University, Cumberland College, Lincoln Memorial University, Lindsey Wilson College, Pikeville College, and Union College