Last updated on: 2/29/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Lindsey Graham, JD Biography

Title:
US Senator (R-SC)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“The flow of illegal immigration across our borders is a threat to both our economic and national security. We need a comprehensive plan to address this problem and it starts with securing our border. On the economic front, American workers, who are forced to pay taxes, are being cheated by illegal immigrants paid under the table. We should require illegal immigrants to register with the government to ensure they are paying taxes, learning English, undergoing background checks, and paying restitution for entering our nation illegally. Then, after living under our laws and our rules, we should require they wait for citizenship behind legal immigrants already in line. Finally, after going through this lengthy process — including paying fines, paying taxes, learning English, and passing an American civics and assimilation exam — which should take a decade or longer, an illegal immigrant could become a citizen, rather than remaining in the shadows and outside the arm of the law. Most important, we need presidential leadership on this issue to build consensus and craft solutions through constitutional means, not executive fiat.”

“Secure Our Future,” lindseygraham.com, Aug. 19, 2015

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:
  • Republican presidential candidate, June 1, 2015-Dec. 21, 2015
  • US Senator (R-SC), 2003-present
  • Member, Senate Committees on Appropriations, Armed Services, the Budget, and the Judiciary
  • Former Member, Senate Committees on Health Education, Labor, and Pensions; Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Intelligence; Veterans’ Affairs; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Aging
  • Member: International Conservation Caucus, Sportsmen’s Caucus, Senate Oceans Caucus
  • Co-Chair, Senate National Guard Caucus
  • Senior Instructor, US Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, 2009-present
  • Colonel, US Air Force Reserve, 2004-present
  • Lieutenant Colonel, US Air Force Reserve, 1998-2004
  • Member, House Committee on Armed Services, 1999-2002
  • Member, House Committee on the Judiciary, 1997-2002
  • US Representative (R-SC), 1995-2002
  • Member, House Committee on Education and the Workforce, 1995-2002
  • Member, House Committee on International Relations, 1995-1998
  • Lawyer, South Carolina Air National Guard, 1989-1995
  • South Carolina State Representative, 1992-1994
Education:
  • JD, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1981
  • BA, University of South Carolina at Columbia, 1977
  • High school diploma, D.W. Daniel High School, 1973
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @LindseyGrahamSC
  • City Attorney, Central, SC, 1990-1994
  • Assistant County Attorney, Oconee County, SC, 1988-1992
  • Staff Judge Advocate (Gulf War), McEntire Air National Guard Base, 1991
  • Military Prosecutor and Lawyer, US Air Force, 1984-1989
  • Judge Advocate, US Air Force, 1982-1984
  • Former lawyer, private practice
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?
  2. Are DACA and the DREAM Act Good for America?