Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"We will continue to welcome legal immigrants, but no nation can survive without secure borders. Illegal immigration threatens our homeland security, the stability of the economy, and the rule of law. Those who come to work illegally depress wages and use government benefits at the expense of U.S. taxpayers. And foreign worker programs only attract more illegal immigrants. No nation can protect its residents without knowing who is entering and why. Thousands of people continue to cross our borders illegally every day, instead of playing by the rules and coming into the country the right way. Immigration is an emotional, sensitive, complex subject. But Americans - citizens and legal immigrants alike - have every right to secure borders and a safe homeland."
"Immigration and Border Security" Congressman Lamar Smith's official website (accessed Sep. 7, 2007)
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:
US Congressman (R-TX), 1987-present
Ranking Republican Member, House Judiciary Committee
Member, Homeland Security, and Science & Technology Committees, US House of Representatives
Member, House Republican Steering Committee, US House of Representatives
Former Chairman, Ethics Committee, US House of Representatives
Former Member, Budget Committee, US House of Representatives
Commissioner, Bexar County, Texas, 1982-1985
State Representative, Texas House of Representatives, 1980-1982
Practicing attorney, 1975-1980
Financial writer, Christian Science Monitor, 1970-1972
Management Intern, US Small Business Administration, 1969-1970
JD, Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1975