Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"First, I am wholeheartedly against amnesty. I believe it is inherently unfair to give legal status to those whose first actions were to break our laws. Below are some of the initiatives I support to deter illegal immigration, increase interior enforcement and keep our border secure:
Public Law 109-367 – The Secure Fence Act. Mandates the Department of Homeland Security to build 700 miles of fence on the southern border.
Citizenship Reform. Denies citizenship to an individual born in the U.S. if both parents are illegal immigrants or do not reside in the U.S legally.
English Only. Declares English the official language of the United States.
No Credit Cards for Illegals. Requires the federal government and financial institutions to accept only secure forms of identification.
No Social Security for illegal immigrants.
No drivers’ licenses for illegal immigrants.
In 1996, I created the Basic Pilot Program, now known as E-Verify, which allows employers to check the legal status of new employees... I will be introducing a bill in the 112th Congress to make E-Verify mandatory for all employers. Until we cut off the magnet of jobs through employment verification, we will never truly have control of the problem."
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Involvement and Affiliations:
US House Representative (R-CA), Jan. 1993-present
Member, US House Steering Committee
Member, House Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee, Interior and the Environment Subcommittee, and Legislative Branch Subcommittee
Former Ranking Member, House Appropriations Committee's Select Intelligence Oversight Panel (SIOP)
Former member, House Appropriations Committee's Energy and Water Subcommittee and Homeland Security Subcommittee
Former member, House Armed Services Committee
Former Chair, House Science Committee's Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee
Former Chair, House Science Committee's Energy and the Environment Subcommittee
Former Chair, House Resources Committee's Water and Power Subcommittee
Former Chair, House Resources Committee's Energy and Mineral Subcommittee
Former member, House Agriculture Committee
President and General Manager, Ken Calvert Real Properties, 1980-1991
Employee, Marcus W. Meairs Company, 1979-1981
General Manager, Jolly Fox Restaurant, 1975-1991
Congressional intern, US Senate Watergate hearings, 1973
"'Cap and Tax' Bill Would Slam Families, Drain Economy," The Press-Enterprise website, www.pe.com, June 25, 2009
"Concede," calvert.house.gov, July 16, 2007
Intern/campaign worker, Office of US House Representative Victor Veysey (R-CA), 1970-1973
Legal name is Kenneth S. Calvert
Son of Ira Calvert, former city councilman, mayor and businessman in Corona, CA, and Marceline "Marsha" Calvert, former president of Soroptimist International of Corona and the Corona-Norco Republican Women
Born in Corona, CA on June 8, 1953
"Calvert ran into trouble at home soon after he was elected, when the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported that he had been stopped by police with a prostitute in his car. Calvert apologized and said that he was upset because his wife had divorced him the month before and his father had recently committed suicide...
In 2006, the Los Angeles Times reported that he and his real estate partner had bought a four-acre tract of land for $550,000, then sold it less than a year later for $985,000, after Calvert secured an $8 million spending earmark for the overhaul and expansion of a nearby freeway interchange. Calvert described the story as 'scurrilous' and denied wrongdoing... The liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has Calvert on its list of the 20 'most corrupt members of Congress.'" "National Journal Almanac: California District 44 – Rep. Ken Calvert (R)," www.nationaljournal.com (accessed Oct. 3, 2011)