Last updated on: 12/19/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Mary Fallin Biography

Title:
Governor of Oklahoma
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“President Obama’s decision to circumvent a newly elected Congress and grant amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants undermines the rule of law. It rewards people who have illegally crossed our borders and broken our laws. His decision is an insult to the millions of people around the world trying to come to the US through legal means…

[I] have grave concerns about the president’s amnesty plan as it relates to the fiscal stability of both our federal and state governments. The president has now unilaterally granted legal status to millions of individuals who may require state-funded medical and educational services as well as other benefits enjoyed by American citizens. All of this comes with a price tag, which the president has not addressed. This decision can be added to long list of policies supported by President Obama that are driving this nation further into debt.”

“Governor Mary Fallin Statement on President Obama’s Amnesty Plan,” www.ok.gov, Nov. 20, 2014

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:
  • Governor of Oklahoma (R), 2011-present
  • Member, US House of Representatives, 2007-2011
  • Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma, 1995-2007
  • State Representative, Oklahoma, 1990-1995
  • Recipient, Legislator of the Year Award, American Legislative Exchange Council, 1993
  • Former hotel manager
  • Former real estate broker
  • Formerly held positions with the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, and the Oklahoma Office of Personnel Management
Education:
  • BS, Human and Environmental Studies and Family Relations and Child Development, Oklahoma State University, 1977
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @GovMaryFallin
  • First female Governor of Oklahoma