Last updated on: 12/19/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Beto O'Rourke Biography

Title:
Member of the US House of Representatives (D-TX)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Millions of undocumented immigrants reside in the United States. Yet current immigration law only allows for the allocation of 226,000 visas for those wishing to immigrate through a family member, and 140,000 visas for those immigrating through an employment relationship, and increase in that number would require legislative action on the part of Congress. This massive discrepancy between the reality of the number of immigrants waiting for a visa and the number of visas being granted results in this country losing out on much needed talent, results in families being divided and results in a disconnect between the current law and our values and economic reality.

The current process in place imposes further hardships on US citizens and their families by requiring many of them to process their immigration applications through the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, and to live there for extended periods of time because of the manner in which they initially entered the United States. Let’s not put US Citizens and their families in harm’s way by forcing them through a broken immigration system that does not match the values and economic conditions of our country.”

“Immigration Reform,” betoforcongress.com (accessed Dec. 7, 2016)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, US House of Representatives (D-TX), 2013-present
  • Member, US House Committee on Armed Services
  • Member, US House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
  • City Councilman, El Paso, TX, 2005-2011
  • Founder, Stanton Street Technology, 1999
Education:
  • BA, English Literature, Columbia University, 1995
  • Attended El Paso High School
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @RepBetoORourke
  • Legal name is Robert Francis O’Rourke
  • Former singer and guitarist in the band Foss
Quoted in:
  1. Should US Customs and Border Enforcement Use Military Equipment to Help Prevent Illegal Immigration?