July 18, 2008
Contact: Michelle Mittelstadt
WASHINGTON – James W. Ziglar, the last Commissioner of
the Immigration and Naturalization Service, is joining the Migration
Policy Institute as a Senior Fellow, MPI President Demetrios
Papademetriou announced today.
Mr. Ziglar, who has more than 40 years experience in management,
finance, law and public policy, will assume his new role next
month upon his retirement as President and CEO of Cross Match
Technologies, a global provider of biometric identity solutions.
From 1998-2001, Mr. Ziglar served as Sergeant at Arms of the
United States Senate, a position which made him the Senate’s
business manager, chief law enforcement officer and head of protocol.
He left that post in 2001 when President George W. Bush appointed
him INS Commissioner, a position he held until December 2002
when the agency was dissolved and its missions transferred to
the new Department of Homeland Security.
“Jim is a distinguished public servant, and we are delighted
that MPI will be able to draw on his invaluable expertise in
the public and private sectors,’’ Dr. Papademetriou
In coming to MPI, Mr. Ziglar joins his predecessor as INS Commissioner,
Senior Fellow and U.S. Immigration Policy Program Director Doris
Meissner, who headed the agency during the Clinton administration.
“It is further evidence of MPI’s long tradition
of nonpartisan research and policy approaches that the Institute
is bringing under one roof the last two INS leaders – one
a Democratic appointee, the other a Republican,” Dr. Papademetriou
At MPI, Mr. Ziglar will focus on the design and promotion of
analytically-driven policy research that emphasizes good governance
and pragmatic responses to the serious deficiencies of the U.S.
immigration system as well as re-examine the country’s
border-control and security initiatives.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to be associated
with the Migration Policy Institute,” Mr. Ziglar said. “The
integrity and value of MPI’s work and its strong reputation
in the international community are reflective of its practical,
non-partisan, independent and holistic approach to public policy
analysis and implementation. I look forward to contributing to
MPI’s important mission.”
Mr. Ziglar spent eight years as a practicing lawyer, beginning
his career as a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun;
and 17 years as an investment banker, 12 of them as a Managing
Director at PaineWebber Inc. (now UBS Financial Services Inc.).
He also was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the George
Washington University Law School, where he taught immigration
and constitutional law, and was 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 U.S.
Geological Survey and the Bureau of Mines.
The Migration Policy Institute is an independent, non-partisan,
non-profit think tank dedicated to analysis of the movement of
people worldwide. Founded in 2001, MPI aims to meet the rising
demand for pragmatic and thoughtful responses to the challenges
and opportunities that large-scale migration, whether voluntary
or forced, presents to communities and institutions in an increasingly