Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"A comprehensive immigration reform proposal must incorporate three essential elements: it must secure our borders and provide for the effective enforcement of our immigration laws; it must contribute to the economic growth of our country; and it must be compassionate in keeping families together...
Removing the incentives for employers to hire people who are in this country illegally should be an essential element of any comprehensive proposal. To help enforce our laws, employers must have access and be required to use an electronic system, such as E-Verify, where they can quickly and accurately verify the legal status of each job applicant. Employers should be subject to stiff fines and criminal prosecution should they knowingly hire workers in this country illegally...
Reform efforts should facilitate a more fluid and workable visa authorization system so that temporary workers for both low- and highly skilled positions can obtain and renew work permits. Seasonal temporary work, such as in agriculture, needs a robust system that allows the workers, without their families, to come into our country when they are needed and then go home after their seasonal work is done. For those on student visas in technical fields critical to our economy, we should allow them to stay and work in the United States after they graduate.
Lastly, comprehensive immigration reform must show compassion to the families that have been here regardless of their immigration status. Many have either children who were born here and are American citizens or children who grew up here, went to school here, and who know of no other country besides the United States. I believe that these young people should be afforded a pathway to citizenship. The adults who knowingly broke our immigration laws but who have otherwise not violated any criminal laws should be provided a temporary provisional residency. This would constitute a probationary status that would be rescinded if certain requirements — such as criminal background checks, paying taxes, and independence from public assistance — are not met..."
"The Time for Immigration Reform Is Now," denverpost.com, July 21, 2013
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Member, US House Armed Services Committee, Veteran's Affairs Committee (Chairman for the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations), and Committee on Small Business
US House Representative (R-CO), Jan. 3, 2009-present
Colorado State Secretary of State, 2007-2008
Colorado State Treasurer, 1999-2007
Civil Affairs Officer, Iraq, 2005-2006
Former Chairman, Colorado State Senate Finance Committee
Former Colorado State Senator, 1994-1998
Former Colorado State House Representative, 1989-1994
Founder and senior share holder, property management company (Aurora, CO), 1983-2000
Former Infantry Officer, US Marine Corps
Served in the US Army, US Army Reserve, and US Marine Corps Reserve
Completed Senior Executive Program for State and Local Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
Graduated, University of Colorado, 1979
Attended University of Veracruz (Xalapa, Mexico), 1977
Attended D.G. Vaishnav College (Chennai, India) 1976