Last updated on: 1/7/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

José E. Serrano Biography

Title:
U.S. Representative (D-NY)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Everyone knows that our immigration system is broken, but just how bad things have become must shock and dismay people… I found myself outraged at the reports [that] highlight aspects of the broken immigration system and the need for fair and comprehensive immigration reform. I believe that any reform must fix the problems without punishing immigrants who come here seeking a better life for themselves and their families.”

“Congressman Serrano Calls for Fair and Just Immigration Reform,” https://serrano.house.gov, Feb. 5, 2007

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:
  • U.S. Representative (D-NY), 1990 – present
  • Honorary Chairman, Bronx River Golden Ball, 2003
  • Proposed Public Law 107-77 which granted U.S. citizenship to non-citizen victims of the Sep. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
  • Assemblyman, New York State, 1974 – 1990
  • Medic, United States Army, 1964 – 1966
  • Member, House Appropriations Committee
  • Chairman, Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services
  • Senior Whip, Congressional Majority Whip
  • Member, Congressional Hispanic Caucus
  • Member, Congressional Progressive Caucus
  • Advocate for ending the trade embargo on Cuba
  • Advocate for initiatives to resolve Puerto Rico’s political status
Education:
  • Graduated, Lehman College
Other:
  • None found