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Enrique Morones

Morones, Enrique

Founder of Border Angels in 1986

Border Angels is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to saving migrant lives by placing place water, blankets and food in the desert around the border areas. Among other accomplishments, Morones… more

Daniel T. Griswold

Griswold, Daniel T.

Director of the Cato Institute's Center for Trade Policy Studies

Griswold's 2002 paper "Willing Workers: Fixing the Problem of Illegal Mexican Migration to the United States" was used in the Flake-Kolbe-McCain immigration bill in 2003, which President Bush drew upon… more

Heather Mac Donald

Mac Donald, Heather

John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor to City Journal

A non-practicing lawyer, Mac Donald has clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She was recipient of the 2005 Bradley Prize for Outstanding… more

Mark Krikorian

Krikorian, Mark

Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies

The Center for Immigration Studies is a think tank that promotes stricter immigration standards and enforcement. Krikorian is a regular contributor to the National Review as well as a regular… more

Vernon M. Briggs Jr.

Briggs, Vernon M. - Jr.

Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University

Briggs' research has been on such subjects as minority participation in apprenticeship training, Chicano employment issues, and immigration policy and the American labor force. In addition to the extensive publications… more

Natan Sharansky

Sharansky, Natan

Chairman of the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at The Shalem Center in Jerusalem

From March 2003 until May 2005, Natan was an Israeli minister responsible for Jerusalem, social and Jewish diaspora affairs. He also has served as the deputy prime minister of Israel.… more

Danielle Pletka

Pletka, Danielle

Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute

Danielle's research areas include the Middle East, South Asia, terrorism and weapons proliferation. She recently served as a member of the Task Force on the United Nations, established by the… more

Liz Cheney

Cheney, Liz

Attorney and Specialist in the areas of U.S. Middle East policy and reform in the Arab world

Liz served most recently as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (2005-2006). Her responsibilities included designing and managing US Government programs to promote democracy in the… more

Shibley Telhami

Telhami, Shibley

Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution

In 2006, Shibley served on the Iraq Study Group as a member of the Strategic Environment Working Group. more

Dimitri K. Simes

Simes, Dimitri K.

Founding President of The Nixon Center and Publisher of its foreign policy bi-monthly magazine

Before the establishment of the center, Simes served as chairman of the Center for Russian and Eurasian Programs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Simes was born in Moscow… more