Last updated on: 5/4/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

C. Stewart Verdery, Jr., JD Biography

Title:
Partner and Founder of the Monument Policy Group, LLC
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“For decades, enforcement tools to combat illegal immigration went underutilized, underfunded, or unsupported by the employer community. While DHS [U.S. Department of Homeland Security] has made substantial progress in enforcing the current regime, deploying a new guest worker program will require significant new resources for border and employer enforcement and for port of entry operations and facilities, development and issuance of tamper-proof identification documents, streamlining of the legal regimes that adjudicate the status of border crossers and undocumented aliens, and new avenues of cooperation between the U.S. and Mexican government. All of these enhancements to our current enforcement posture should support a basic motto of any new legislation: ‘deter and reward.’ Those who are seeking to enter our country to work must be faced with a reality that crossing our borders illegally or attempting to work without proper certifications will be detected and punished with long-term consequences for violations. In contrast, those that follow the rules on applying for work, passing a security check, and crossing the border legally should be able to work and receive retirement and travel privileges.”

“Ensuring the Security of America’s Borders Through the Use of Biometric Passports and Other Identity Documents,” U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity, June 22, 2004

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:
  • Partner and Founder, Monument Policy Group, LLC, 2006-present
  • Principal, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc.
  • First Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 2003-2005
  • General Counsel to U.S. Senator Don Nickles (R-OK), 1998-2002
  • Counsel to U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), 1996-1998
  • Senior Legislative Counsel, Vivendi Universal Entertainment
  • Associate, Baker & Hostetler Law
  • Media Analyst, Media Research Center
  • Adjunct Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Member, Board of Directors, Isonics Corporation
  • Member, Advisory Board, Packethop, Inc.
  • Member, Independent Task Force on Immigration and America’s Future, Migration Policy Institute
Education:
  • JD, University of Virginia, 1993
  • BA, Williams College, 1989
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does Illegal Immigration Pose a Terrorist Threat to the United States?