Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"In fiscal year 2015, fewer people were apprehended by the US Border Patrol, than overstayed their visas and are suspected of still being in the country, making the estimate closer to 60% of those illegally in the United States.
I am concerned that there are unidentified national security and public safety risks in a population that large, which has historically been the primary means for terrorist entry into the United States...
[O]nce we identify overstays, especially those who present national security and public safety threats, we must dedicate the resources necessary to promptly remove those in the country illegally - otherwise we put our citizens at risk unnecessarily."
Statement made for US House of Representatives Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee meeting, "Overstaying Their Welcome: National Security Risks Posed by Visa Overstays," docs.house.gov, June 14, 2016
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:
Member, US House of Representatives (R-AZ), 2014-present
Chair, US House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security
Member, US House Committee on Armed Services
Member, US House Committee on Homeland Security
Professor, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany), 2011-2012
Retired Colonel, Major and Pilot, US Air Force, 1988-2010
Legislative Fellow, National Security Advisor for Senator Jon Kyl, US Air Force Legislative Fellowship Program, 1999
Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, Air University, 2007
MPP, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1990
BS, Biology, United States Air Force Academy, 1988