Last updated on: 12/6/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Phillip J. Ritter, JD Biography

Title:
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at Texas Instruments Incorporated
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“A majority of scientists and engineers earning advanced degrees from U.S. universities are foreign-born. Many of them wish to stay and establish their careers and families in the United States. Texas Instruments seeks green cards for virtually all of the employees we have hired on H-1B visas. And we begin the process as soon as they are hired. Unfortunately, unreasonable caps, unrealistic allotments and extreme administrative delays can hold these people in legal and professional limbo for years. Imagine graduating with a PhD in electrical engineering from UT [University of Texas] Austin and having your career opportunities stymied for 5-7 years because you can’t get your green card. Without a green card these professionals are unable to seek promotions, move to a new city or change jobs. The result is that more professionals are opting to return home or take jobs in other countries, even if they would rather stay in the United States. This uncertainty also reduces the flexibility of the employer to deploy resources as needed.”

“Testimony Before the Field Hearing of the Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” Aug. 31, 2006)

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:
  • Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Texas Instruments Incorporated, 2001-present
  • Multiple tasks at Texas Instruments Incorporated, 1989-2001
  • Legal Adviser, Sun Exploration and Production Company
  • Staff to the Texas Senate
  • Chairman of the Texas Education Reform Caucus
  • Chairman of the Alliance for Higher Education Board
  • Board member of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and Dallas Fort Worth Minority Business Development Council
  • Former President of the Volunteer Center of Dallas County
  • Former member of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board
Education:
  • JD, University of Maryland
  • MA, Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
  • BA, University of Maryland
Other:
  • None found