Last updated on: 3/3/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Duncan Hunter, JD Biography

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

“I know fencing helps secure our nation’s borders because criminal activity in every statistical category has been eliminated or decreased since we built the border fence in San Diego County. What was once a porous border, susceptible to illegal aliens, drug trafficking and terrorism, is now the standard mode in preventing drug smugglers from bringing narcotics into our neighborhoods and allowing border enforcement personnel to reinforce areas of greater need.

These results led me to write the Secure Fence Act, extending the San Diego fence 854 miles across California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Building fences in strategic locations along our international borders is a proven method of keeping America safe and, despite recent attempts to undo the Congressional mandated funding provided for this effort, I am committed to this effort and confident the fence will be built.””

Duncan Hunter presidential campaign website (accessed Oct. 18, 2007)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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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:
  • Member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-CA), 1980-present
  • 2008 U.S. Presidential candidate
  • Chairman, House Armed Services Committee, 2003-2007
  • Chairman, Military Research & Development Subcommittee, 2001-2002
  • Trial Lawyer, 1976-1980
  • Lieutenant, 173rd Airborne and 75th Army Rangers, U.S. Army, Vietnam, 1969-1971
  • Member, Navy League
  • Member, Congressional Jobs and Fair Trade Caucus
  • Co-Chair, Congressional Task Force on Bowhunting
  • Co-Chair, National Security Caucus
  • Member, Republican Study Committee
  • Recipient, Bronze Star, for service in 24 helicopter combat assaults
Education:
  • JD, Western State University Law School (now Thomas Jefferson School of Law), 1976
  • BS, Western State University, 1968
  • Attended, University of Montana, 1966-1967
  • Attended, University of California, Santa Barbara
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the United States Continue to Build a Fence or Wall along the US/Mexico Border?