James W. Ziglar, who served as the last Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and has had a distinguished career in the private and public sectors, is joining the Migration Policy Institute as a Senior Fellow in August 2008, MPI announced.
.Ziglar spent 17 years as an investment banker and eight years as a practicing lawyer and was later named a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School, where he taught immigration and constitutional law. He was also a Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics. During the Reagan administration, he served as assistant secretary of the interior for water and science, a position from which he directed the operations of the Bureau of Reclamation, the US Geological Survey, and the Bureau of Mines.
Ziglar spent three years as sergeant at arms of the United States Senate, and was appointed the INS Commissioner in 2001 by President George W. Bush. Ziglar has also previously served as a director of the National Immigration Forum, Human Rights First, the Migration Policy Institute, and the MPI-convened Independent Task Force on Immigration and America’s Future. MPI said Ziglar will focus on policy research on our immigration system. He will also re-examine the country’s border-control and security initiatives, and be central to the institute’s outreach to the business community.
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