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Michael Chertoff, JD Biography

Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“We share nearly 7,000 miles of borders with Canada and Mexico. Millions of tons of cargo as well as more than a million people each day cross our borders for legitimate purposes. Our goal is to allow these legal travelers and cargo in, while keeping illegal and dangerous people and cargo out. Gaining full control of our borders is a priority for the Department of Homeland Security. We recognize that illegal migration undercuts the rule of law, threatens our national security, and imposes particular public safety and economic strains on our border communities. We must gain full control of our borders to prevent illegal migration and potential security breaches.”

“Ask the White House,”, Nov. 30, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security, 2005-Jan. 2009
  • Henry Petersen Award, Department of Justice, 2006
  • Judge, U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, 2003-2005
  • Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, 2001-2005
  • Partner, Latham & Watkins, 1994-2001
  • Special Counsel, U.S. Senate Whitewater Committee, 1994-1996
  • U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey, 1990-1994
  • Distinguished Public Service Award, Anti-Defamation League, 1992
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey, 1987-1990
  • John Marshall Award for Outstanding Achievement in Trial, Department of Justice, 1987
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York, 1983-1987
  • Associate, Latham & Watkins, 1980-1983
  • Law Clerk, Justice William Brennan, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court, 1979-1980
  • Member, Federalist Society
  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1978
  • BA, magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1975
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