Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"We share nearly 7,000 miles of borders with Canada and Mexico. Millions of tons of cargo as well as more than a million people each day cross our borders for legitimate purposes. Our goal is to allow these legal travelers and cargo in, while keeping illegal and dangerous people and cargo out. Gaining full control of our borders is a priority for the Department of Homeland Security. We recognize that illegal migration undercuts the rule of law, threatens our national security, and imposes particular public safety and economic strains on our border communities. We must gain full control of our borders to prevent illegal migration and potential security breaches."
"Ask the White House," www.whitehouse.gov, Nov. 30, 2005
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:
Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security, 2005-Jan. 2009
Henry Petersen Award, Department of Justice, 2006
Judge, U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, 2003-2005
Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, 2001-2005
Partner, Latham & Watkins, 1994-2001
Special Counsel, U.S. Senate Whitewater Committee, 1994-1996
U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey, 1990-1994
Distinguished Public Service Award, Anti-Defamation League, 1992
Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey, 1987-1990
John Marshall Award for Outstanding Achievement in Trial, Department of Justice, 1987
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York, 1983-1987
Associate, Latham & Watkins, 1980-1983
Law Clerk, Justice William Brennan, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court, 1979-1980