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

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