Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"To curb illegal immigration, we must enforce our immigration laws, stop providing benefits to illegal immigrants and stop waving the carrot of amnesty.
• Require employers to use EVerify, an easy-use, accurate, computer-based, employee verification system to ensure people have a legal right to work in the United States.
• Contact every person on the SSA list and every employer who employs a no-match worker, and give them 60 days to clear the discrepancy or lose the job.
• Have Immigration and Customs Enforcement follow up on every no-match worker and deport those here illegally.
• End sanctuary policies. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sued Arizona on the doctrine that federal law preempts local and state laws. To be consistent, he must sue every city and locality that provides sanctuary to illegal immigrants.
• Require all local and state law enforcement agencies to cooperate with immigration authorities to remove criminal illegal immigrants, including screening for legal status at local jails.
• End state policies, including that of California, of providing taxpayer-subsidized in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants. This is a matter of fairness as well as fiscal responsibility. Why should U.S. citizens or legal residents who have lived their whole lives in California be penalized for leaving the state for a year, when someone illegally in the country and in the state for a year gets a free ride?"
"American Jobs Must Be Reserved for Americans," Thousand Oaks Acorn, July 29, 2010
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 House Representative (R-CA), Jan. 3, 1987-present
Chair, US House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, Jan. 7, 2011-present
Vice Chair, House Foreign Affairs Committee
Ranking Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Europe
Co-chair, Congressional Animal Protection Caucus
Chair, Congressional Task Force on Immigration Reform, 1995
Former member, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and its Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence Subcommittee
Former Chair, House Committee on International Relations' Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights
Mayor, Simi Valley, CA, 1980-1986
Chair, Ventura County Association of Governments, CA, 1983
Member, Simi Valley City Council, CA, 1979
Former real estate broker, Simi Valley, CA
Attended California State University at Los Angeles, 1962-1963
Named as one of the "Top 10 Illegal Immigration Hawks in Congress" by Human Events magazine, 2006
Named 2010 Humane Legislator of the Year by the Humane Society of the United States, for animal rights advocacy and authoring the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010
Inducted into the US Border Control Hall of Fame
Named as one of the “Top 10 Los Angeles Newsmakers of the Year” by the Los Angeles Daily News while Mayor of Simi Valley, CA
Recipient, Gold Patrick Henry Award from the Military Order of the World Wars
Born in the Los Angeles suburb of Huntington Park, CA on Mar. 7, 1944
"Gallegly holds the dubious distinction of having attempted to retire for health reasons in 2006, only to discover that state law prevented him from removing his name from the ballot (thus hobbling any potential Republican substitute). Not wanting the seat to flip parties, he reversed his retirement announcement shortly thereafter and — to the surprise of many — went on to win two more terms." "Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.) – Why He Matters," www.whorunsgov.com (accessed Sep. 23, 2011)