Speaker - Doris Meissner

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Doris Meissner, former Commissioner of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), is a Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute. She contributes to MPI's work on US immigration policy, immigration policymaking in an era of globalization, immigration and national security, the politics of immigration, administering immigration systems and government agencies, and migration management cooperation with other countries. She is also the director of MPI's Independent Task Force on Immigration and America's Future. The task force is a bipartisan group of leaders, elected officials, and policy experts that is co-chaired by Spencer Abraham, former Republican senator from Michigan and Secretary of Energy during President Bush’s first term, and Lee Hamilton, former Democratic Congressman from Indiana, Vice Chair of the 9/11 Commission and President and Director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In 1993, President Clinton tapped her to serve as Commissioner of the INS, then a bureau in the US Department of Justice. She held the post through 2000. Her accomplishments included reforming the nation's asylum system; creating new strategies for managing US borders; improving naturalization and other services for immigrants; shaping new responses to migration and humanitarian emergencies; and strengthening cooperation and joint initiatives with Mexico, Canada, and other countries.

1 Program

Immigration Reform: Prospects and Possibilities

04.26.07 | 00:52:55 min | 1 comment