Last updated on: 3/3/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Todd Russell Platts, JD Biography

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

“This legislation seeks to secure our nation’s borders and prevent illegal immigration through a number of means. With millions of illegal aliens presently in the United States and countless more entering every day, timely enactment of H.R. 4437 into law is vital to protecting our nation and ensuring the integrity of our laws… There is a right way and a wrong way to enter our country. Even as America remains a beacon of hope for legal immigrants and true asylum-seekers, there must be accountability for those who violate the law, whether illegal aliens or those businesses who knowingly hire them. The present lack of enforcement of our immigration laws is unfair to both the American people and those immigrants who come here lawfully. I voted with the majority of my colleagues in passing H.R. 4437, which is now pending in the Senate.”

“Congressional Update,” www.house.gov/platts, Winter, 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:
  • U.S. Representative, (R-PA), 2001 – present
  • State Representative, Pennsylvania General Assembly, 1993 – 2000
  • Attorney and Associate, Barley, Snyder, Senft, & Cohen Law Firm, 1991 – 1993
  • Class representative, the Republican Policy Committee
  • Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House
  • Member, Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House
  • Member, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House
Education:
  • JD, Pepperdine University School of Law, 1991
  • BS, Public Administration, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, 1984
Other:
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