Last updated on: 4/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Silvestre Reyes Biography

Title:
U.S. Representative (D-TX)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Reform of our nation’s borders and immigration system must include three components: border security, enforcement of employer sanctions, and a guestworker program with an avenue to earned legalization. Without each of these necessary provisions, reform efforts will fall short of the true changes our nation has long needed.”

“Reyes Responds to President Bush’s Immigration Initiatives,” www.house.gov/reyes, Nov. 28, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • U.S. Representative (D-TX), 1996-present
  • Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, 2007-present
  • Member, House Armed Services Committee, 2007-present
  • Recipient, “Legislator of the Year Award,” Vietnam Veterans of America Texas State Council, 2007
  • Recipient, “President’s Lifetime Achievement Award,” U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2007
  • Recipient, “El Pasoan of the Year Award,” El Paso Inc., 2006
  • Recipient, “Good Neighbor Award,” U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, 2006
  • Recipient, “National Commander’s Medal,” American GI Forum of the United States, 2006
  • Recipient, “Elected Official of the Year Award,” Rio Grande Council of Governments, 2005
  • Former Chairman, Congressional Hispanic Caucus
  • Chief Patrol Agent, El Paso Sector, U.S. Border Patrol, 1993-1996
  • Chief Patrol Agent, McCallen Sector, U.S. Border Patrol, 1985-1993
  • Patrol Agent, U.S. Border Patrol, 1969-1985
  • United States Army Veteran, Vietnam War
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Employers Who Unknowingly Hire Undocumented Immigrants Receive Lighter Penalties?