Last updated on: 5/24/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Bob Goodlatte, JD Biography

Title:
US Representative and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, I have strongly advocated for immigration reform that focuses on enforcement and upholding the rule of law, including elimination of enforcement waivers that have been abused by previous and current Administrations. To be clear, any immigration reform proposal must first guarantee that our immigration laws are enforced both at the border and within the United States. I remain opposed to amnesty, as I always have been. I do not support a special pathway to citizenship that rewards those who have broken our immigration laws.”

Bob Goodlatte, “Immigration Reform,” Goodlatte’s US House of Representatives website, Mar. 1, 2016

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:
  • Co-Chair, Congressional Internet Caucus and International Creativity and Theft Prevention Caucus
  • Chairman, House Republican Technology Working Group
  • Chairman, House Judiciary Committee, Jan. 3, 2013-present
  • Chairman, House Agriculture Committee, May 31, 2003-Jan. 3, 2007
  • US Representative (R-VA), Jan. 3, 1993
  • Lawyer, 1980-1993
  • Staff Aide, M. Caldwell Butler (R-VA), 1977-1979
Education:
  • JD, Washington and Lee University, 1977
  • BA, Political Science, Bates College, 1974
Other:
  • Married wife Maryellen in 1974 and they share two children
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?