Last updated on: 5/16/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Barack Obama, JD Biography

Title:
44th President of the United States
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“[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

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
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
  • Former President, Harvard Law Review
Education:
  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1991
  • BA, Political Science, Columbia University, 1983
  • Attended Occidental College
  • Graduated, Punahou School, HI, 1979
Other:
  • Legal name is Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.
  • First African-American president of the United States
  • First US president to chair a session of the United Nations Security Council
  • First African-American president of the Harvard Law Review
  • First US president born in Hawaii, and first US president born outside the continental United States
  • Named Person of the Year (2008) and one of the 100 most influential people in the world (2005) by Time Magazine
  • Named one of the 10 people who will change the world, New Statesman, 2005
  • Recipient, Outstanding Legislator Award, Campaign for Better Health Care and Illinois Primary Health Care Association, 1998
  • Recipient, Best Freshman Legislator Award, Independent Voters of Illinois, 1997
  • Recipient, Monarch Award for Outstanding Public Service, 1994
  • Recipient, 40 Under 40 Award, Crain’s Chicago Business, 1993
  • Married Michelle Robinson, JD, on Oct. 3, 1992
  • Has two children, Malia Ann (born 1998) and Natasha (“Sasha,” born 2001)
  • Son of Barack Hussein Obama (economist for the Kenyan government) and Ann Dunham, PhD (anthropologist, also known as Stanley Ann Dunham and S. Ann Soetoro)
  • Born at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Honolulu, HI on Aug. 4, 1961
Quoted in:
  1. Should E-Verify Be Mandatory for All Employers?
  2. Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?