Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
“The bottom line is, as a country, we have to come to grips with the presence of 8 to 12 million illegals, afford them some kind of legal status some way… I'm not saying make them citizens, because they violated the law to get here. So you don't reward that type of conduct by turning over a citizenship certificate."
Philip Shenon, “Ridge Favors a Status Short of Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants,” nytimes.com, Dec. 11, 2003
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:
Senior Adviser for Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha, 2006 - present
Board Director, Home Depot, 2005 - 2006
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, 2001 - 2004
45th Governor of Pennsylvania, 1995 - 2001
U.S. Representative (R-PA), 1982 - 1994
Assistant District Attorney, Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1980 - 1982
Lawyer, private practice, 1973 - 1980
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Vietnam War, 1968 - 1970
Member, Virginia Tech Incident Review Panel for Virginia Governor Tim Kaine
Vietnam War Veteran
Awarded, Bronze Star for Valor, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, and the Combat Infantryman Badge
JD, Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University, 1972
Graduate, Harvard College, 1967
Cathedral Preparatory School, Pennsylvania
St. Andrews Elementary School, Pennsylvania
Tom Ridge Field, Erie International Airport named after him
Secured funding for the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle, Pennsylvania
First enlisted Vietnam combat veteran elected to the U.S. House