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Robert C. Bonner, JD Biography

Former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“If enacted into law, the president’s Temporary Worker proposal would go a long way toward driving a stake through the heart of this black-market smuggling enterprise, and reduce the flood of illegal migrants that the Border Patrol must sift through and apprehend in order to protect our borders against terrorist penetration. Imagine if many of those hundreds of thousands of people the Border Patrol currently deals with were regularized, and brought out into the legal open. They would enter legally through U.S. ports of entry, with secure biometrically-encoded crossing cards, enabling us to know each person who enters, and who they work for. They will pay taxes, and be able to — and, indeed, be encouraged to — return home after their term of employment was up.”

“Temporary Worker Plan Called Aid in Controlling U.S. Borders,” USINFO website, Apr. 5, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, 2005-present
  • Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 2001-2005
  • Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, 1993-2001
  • Administrator, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), 1990-1993
  • U.S. District Judge, Central District of California, 1989-1990
  • U.S. Attorney, Central District of California, 1984-1989
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • JD, Georgetown University, 1966
  • BA, University of Maryland, 1963
  • Following 9/11, he created the Container Security Initiative (CSI) and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
Quoted in:
  1. Should Volunteer Civilian Groups Such as the Minutemen Patrol the Borders?