Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"The flow of illegal immigration across our borders is a threat to both our economic and national security. We need a comprehensive plan to address this problem and it starts with securing our border. On the economic front, American workers, who are forced to pay taxes, are being cheated by illegal immigrants paid under the table. We should require illegal immigrants to register with the government to ensure they are paying taxes, learning English, undergoing background checks, and paying restitution for entering our nation illegally. Then, after living under our laws and our rules, we should require they wait for citizenship behind legal immigrants already in line. Finally, after going through this lengthy process -- including paying fines, paying taxes, learning English, and passing an American civics and assimilation exam -- which should take a decade or longer, an illegal immigrant could become a citizen, rather than remaining in the shadows and outside the arm of the law. Most important, we need presidential leadership on this issue to build consensus and craft solutions through constitutional means, not executive fiat."
"Secure Our Future," lindseygraham.com, Aug. 19, 2015
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Republican presidential candidate, June 1, 2015-Dec. 21, 2015
US Senator (R-SC), 2003-present
Member, Senate Committees on Appropriations, Armed Services, the Budget, and the Judiciary
Former Member, Senate Committees on Health Education, Labor, and Pensions; Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Intelligence; Veterans' Affairs; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Aging
Member: International Conservation Caucus, Sportsmen's Caucus, Senate Oceans Caucus
Co-Chair, Senate National Guard Caucus
Senior Instructor, US Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, 2009-present
Colonel, US Air Force Reserve, 2004-present
Lieutenant Colonel, US Air Force Reserve, 1998-2004
Member, House Committee on Armed Services, 1999-2002
Member, House Committee on the Judiciary, 1997-2002
US Representative (R-SC), 1995-2002
Member, House Committee on Education and the Workforce, 1995-2002
Member, House Committee on International Relations, 1995-1998
Lawyer, South Carolina Air National Guard, 1989-1995
South Carolina State Representative, 1992-1994
JD, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1981
BA, University of South Carolina at Columbia, 1977
High school diploma, D.W. Daniel High School, 1973