Last updated on: 4/25/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Pete King, JD Biography

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

“I believe that a confluence of events makes it possible at this time to create legislation that would (a) establish strong and real border controls and enforcement and (b) provide undocumented immigrants with the mechanism to pursue legal status and, ultimately, obtain citizenship… I fully understand and appreciate the argument that illegal behavior should not be rewarded. The reality though is that we are not going to deport 11 million immigrants… Once legalized–and after compliance with conditions such as learning English and paying backtaxes [sic]–they should be eligible to apply for citizenship. The alternative would be a permanent unassimilated underclass similar to what exists in several European countries.”

Letter to John Boehner, politico.com, Apr. 23, 2014

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:
  • United States Representative (R-NY), Jan. 3, 1993-present
  • Member, United States House Committee on Financial Services, 2007-present
  • Member, United States House Committee on Homeland Security, 2007-present
  • Chairman, United States House Committee on Financial Services, 2005-2006
  • Member, United States House Committee on International Relations, 2005-2006
  • Comptroller, Nassau County , 1981-1993
  • Hempstead Town Council, 1977-1981
  • General Counsel, Nassau Off-Track Betting, 1977
  • Executive Assistant, Nassau County, 1974-1976
  • Deputy Attorney, Nassau County, 1972-1974
  • 69th Infantry Regiment, New York National Guard, 1968-1973
Education:
  • JD, University of Notre Dame Law School, 1968
  • BA, Political Science, Saint Francis College, 1965
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @RepPeteKing
  • Lives in Seaford, NY with his wife, Rosemary
  • Has two children and two grandchildren
Quoted in:
  1. Should the United States Continue to Build a Fence or Wall along the US/Mexico Border?