Last updated on: 10/27/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

J.C. Watts, Jr. Biography

Title:
Chairman of the Republican Conference of the US House of Representatives from 1998-2002
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“[I]t is upsetting to witness the federal government’s failure to stop employers from displacing U.S. workers with illegal workers. Employers have illegally taken jobs out of the hands of at least 8 million American workers…

Help, however, could be on the way. Requiring the mandatory use of the online E-Verify system protects the American worker and also causes more and more of the 12 to 15 million illegal workers here to self-deport themselves. Experience shows that if a worker cannot explain to an employer why he does not have proper legal documentation, he simply moves to a more permissive state or back to his home country…

E-Verify can be even more effective when coupled with another system to identify and remove illegal workers who have committed identity fraud.”

A national Social Security No-Match program, coupled with a national mandatory E-Verify program for employers, would put millions of Americans back to work soon. If a Social Security number is bogus or was stolen from a legal resident, the illegal worker is busted…

Why not make both required nationally by law?”

[Editor’s Note: Mr. Watts, in his June 12, 2007 Las Vegas Review-Journal column titled “We Must Get Immigration Reform Right,” declared his support for enforcement of existing immigration law, border security, and building a fence along the US-Mexico border as solutions to illegal immigration in America.]

“Mandatory E-Verify Would Help U.S. Workers,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, July 17, 2011

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:
  • Senior Partner and Senior Advisor, Farragut Capital Partners, July 2011-present
  • Independent Director, ITC Holdings Corp., 2011-present
  • Director and Member of Audit Committee, Dillard’s Inc., 2003-present
  • Director, Member of Compensation Committee, and Member of Executive Performance Subcommittee, Clear Channel Communications, Inc., 2003-present
  • Founder and Chairman, J.C. Watts Companies, 2002-present
  • Analyst, CNN
  • Syndicated newspaper columnist
  • Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Coalition for AIDS Relief in Africa
  • Director and Member of Compensation & Development Committee, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC, 2003-2010
  • Director, Member of Compensation Committee and Executive Performance Sub Committee, CC Media Holdings, Inc., 2003-2008
  • Director, Member of Governance & Nominating Committee and Member of Compensation Committee, Terex Corp., 2003-2007
  • Chairman, Republican Conference of the US House, 1998-2002
  • US House Representative (R-OK), Jan. 1995-Jan. 2003
  • Former chairman, Oklahoma State Corporation Commission, 1990-1994
  • Former member, US House Select Committee on Homeland Security, Armed Services Committee, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Banking Committee, Military Readiness Subcommittee, and Procurement Subcommittee
Education:
  • BA, Journalism, University of Oklahoma, 1981
  • Graduated, Eufaula High School, OK, 1976
Other:
  • Legal name is Julius Caesar Watts, Jr.
  • Chairman, Black Television News Channel (announced Apr. 2008 and currently scheduled to launch in 2011, according to official website, www.btnc.tv)
  • Board member, Corporate Council on Africa, Boy Scouts of America, and US Military Academy, West Point, NY
  • Named one of the top 50 lobbyists in Washington, DC by Washingtonian magazine, June 2007
  • Led a US delegation to Vienna, Austria, at the request of President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell, to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Conference on Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia
  • Led two congressional trade missions to Africa
  • Founder, J.C. and Frankie Watts Foundation
  • Former youth minister and associate pastor, Sunnylane Baptist Church, Del City, OK
  • Inducted into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame, 1992
  • Officially changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican in 1989
  • Quarterback, Canadian Football League (CFL), 1981-1986
  • Quarterback, University of Oklahoma Sooners, 1978-1980
  • Born in Eufaula, OK on Nov. 18, 1957