Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"[W]e have to deal with the 11 million individuals who are here illegally. We all agree that these men and women should have to earn their way to citizenship. But for comprehensive immigration reform to work, it must be clear from the outset that there is a pathway to citizenship…
We've got to lay out a path -- a process that includes passing a background check, paying taxes, paying a penalty, learning English, and then going to the back of the line, behind all the folks who are trying to come here legally. That's only fair, right?...
So that means it won't be a quick process but it will be a fair process. And it will lift these individuals out of the shadows and give them a chance to earn their way to a green card and eventually to citizenship."
"Remarks by the President on Comprehensive Immigration Reform," www.whitehouse.gov, Jan. 29, 2013
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Involvement and Affiliations:
44th President of the United States, Jan. 20, 2009-present
Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 2009
US Senator (D-IL), 2005-2008
Former Member, US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Foreign Relations Committee, Environment and Public Works Committee, and Veterans' Affairs Committee
Recipient, Honorary JD, University of Massachusetts at Boston, 2006
Recipient, Best Spoken Word Album, Grammy Award, 2006
Recipient, Chairman's Award, National NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), 2005
Recipient, Honorary Doctorate, Knox College, 2005
Recipient, Harold Blake Walker Award, Christopher House, 2005
Recipient, Rock the Nation Award, Rock the Vote, 2005
Illinois State Senator (D), 1997-2004
Civil Rights Attorney, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1993-2004
Former community organizer, Chicago, IL
Senior Lecturer, Constitutional Law, University of Chicago Law School