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US Department of Justice (USDOJ) Biography

Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“As the chief law enforcement officer of the land, I stress the importance of cooperation and communication between federal authorities and local communities. We will need to work together, to reform our immigration policies and instill a culture of law-abidingness, where it has been lacking… The President’s plan emphasizes cooperation between federal agencies, especially the Department of Homeland Security, and state and local law enforcement agencies… What the President’s critics call amnesty is in fact its opposite – the attempt to create a culture of law-abidingness that had not existed before. It is contrary to our self-interest as a nation of laws for upwards of 11 million people to continue to live in the shadows. Let me conclude by emphasizing that immigration reform as law enforcement cuts across major departmental priorities I have set forth as Attorney General… The President has produced a robust and practical plan for working with all levels of law enforcement to reform our immigration system and allow the American Dream to flourish.”

“Prepared Remarks of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales at Press Conference Regarding Immigration Reform,”, Attorney General’s Speeches, May 19, 2006


“Officially coming into existence on July 1, 1870, the Department of Justice, pursuant to the 1870 Act, was to handle the legal business of the United States. The Act gave the Department control over all criminal prosecutions and civil suits in which the United States had an interest. In addition, the Act gave the Attorney General and the Department control over federal law enforcement.”

“About DOJ,” (accessed May 8, 2007)


“To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.”

“About DOJ,” (accessed May 8, 2007)