Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"I believe that a confluence of events makes it possible at this time to create legislation that would (a) establish strong and real border controls and enforcement and (b) provide undocumented immigrants with the mechanism to pursue legal status and, ultimately, obtain citizenship... I fully understand and appreciate the argument that illegal behavior should not be rewarded. The reality though is that we are not going to deport 11 million immigrants... Once legalized--and after compliance with conditions such as learning English and paying backtaxes [sic]--they should be eligible to apply for citizenship. The alternative would be a permanent unassimilated underclass similar to what exists in several European countries."
Letter to John Boehner, politico.com, Apr. 23, 2014
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:
United States Representative (R-NY), Jan. 3, 1993-present
Member, United States House Committee on Financial Services, 2007-present
Member, United States House Committee on Homeland Security, 2007-present
Chairman, United States House Committee on Financial Services, 2005-2006
Member, United States House Committee on International Relations, 2005-2006
Comptroller, Nassau County , 1981-1993
Hempstead Town Council, 1977-1981
General Counsel, Nassau Off-Track Betting, 1977
Executive Assistant, Nassau County, 1974-1976
Deputy Attorney, Nassau County, 1972-1974
69th Infantry Regiment, New York National Guard, 1968-1973
JD, University of Notre Dame Law School, 1968
BA, Political Science, Saint Francis College, 1965