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Doris Meissner

Former Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) during the Bill Clinton administration. Now a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute and an occasional quote source for reporters. Not a strong supporter of immigration enforcement or of citizens who support such enforcement. An opponent of the border fence.

Last modified Dec 16, 2008
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MPI claims immigration enforcement costs more than FBI, DEA, etc. - 01/07/13

... Washington Post, former INS head Doris Meissner (now with MPI, the Migration Policy Institute) offers "Moving beyond illegal immigration enforcement policies" ( peekURL.com/zFtrqQp ): Illegal immigration and enforcement have been the dominant concerns driving immigration policy for more than 25 years. Deep public skepticism over the federal government’s will and ability to enforce the nation’s...

Dozens of pro-illegal immigration groups were invited to Obama's mini-amnesty rollout and you weren't - 08/25/11

... Kahan * Migration Policy Institute: Doris Meissner * Vestar Capital Partners: Federico Pena * Raben Group: Jeanne Butterfield * New Democratic Network: Simon Rosenberg, Kristian Ramos, Alicia Menendez COMMUNICATIONS/MEDIA * Laura Burton Capps (former Clinton staffer who leads "strategic communications efforts for federal officials", blueenginemedia.com/team?id=0003) * New Partners: Cara Morris...

Meissner wants your immigration questions (Monday, May 3, 2010, 11 AM Eastern) - 05/02/10

... submit immigration questions for Doris Meissner, formerly INS commissioner and now with the Migration Policy Institute. She'll be answering questions in a live chat tomorrow, Monday May 3, 2010 at 11 Eastern. The related WaPo article was already discussed here. I don't know the permalink for the chat, but perhaps this page will have a link tomorrow. You can submit questions at that page now or...

Doris Meissner misleads, downplays border security's role in terrorism, uses bogus talking points - 05/02/10

Doris Meissner - former INS commissioner and now working for the Migration Policy Institute - takes to the pages of the Washington Post to offer "5 Myths about immigration" (link). The title is unintentionally correct: most of them have her spreading myths to varying degrees. The five are listed below in bold, followed by my comments:

4/30/09: Chuck Schumer holding immigration "reform" hearing (Alan Greenspan, Joel Hunter, Doris Meissner) - 04/28/09

... partnerships. Supports "reform" (link). * Doris Meissner of the Migration Policy Institute and former commissioner of the INS. * Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union. The Socratic debate will commence at 2pm Eastern, and a webcast might be available.

Rahm Emanuel helped legalize criminal immigrants to get Bill Clinton voters - 12/16/08

... involving former INS Commissioner Doris Meissner. One of the organizations involved was the Chicago-based United Neighborhood Organization, run by Danny Solis, brother of the former Hillary Clinton campaign manager Patty Solis Doyle.

Federal, state investigations of Agriprocessors (maybe the left will stop playing games) - 07/11/08

... investigations into the plant. Doris Meissner, a former Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute said, "From everything we hear about this, it sounds like the federal government is marshalling all of the authorities that it has in order to bring the broadest set of charges -- and that's what it should be doing....

Jason DeParle/NYT gives full page ad to Migration Policy Institute - 02/04/08

... helpers is former INS Commissioner Doris Meissner, someone who can always be counted on to provide quotes in support of massive immigration, even opposing groups that lawfully protest illegal immigration (as well as opposing the border fence). The MPI was also involved in the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America's Future, which included a Mexican citizen and Mexican government...

Less than 100 supervisors arrested on immigration charges in 2007 (+Spencer Hsu's pro-Dem spin) - 12/26/07

... others in the "supervisory chain." Doris Meissner comes by to sideways promote "immigration reform" by refering to the "chronic failure of employer enforcement under current laws". As for the spin, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is quoted throughout as a supporter of enforcement, which she might just be. However, Hsu fails to note that the Democratic Party takes various steps to block...

Secret Bush plan to deal with Bush/Rove "import Democrats" plan? (citizenship backlog) - 11/21/07

Mark Kleiman - someone who is shockingly a UCLA professor - writes [1]: The Bush Administration plans to steal hundreds of thousands of votes, most of them Democratic votes, in the 2008 elections by the simple expedient of sitting on new citizenship applications until after the elections. He links to his site, which mostly just links to the WaPo article "Immigrant Paperwork Backs Up At DHS" (li

James Pinkerton, Mark Potok, Doris Meissner oppose citizen action against illegal immigration - 11/05/07

... statements. Then, we're treated to this: Doris Meissner, who headed the Immigration and Naturalization Service during the Clinton era [and is now with the Migration Policy Institute when not attending secret NAU meetings], said groups such as Border Watch have proliferated due to frustration over the government's inability to control illegal immigration. And while Meissner characterized the...

Mexican citizens helping Kennedy, McCain, Flake, Berman set immigration policy - 01/16/07

... unlucky teen campers. It includes Doris Meissner, Thomas J. Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tamar Jacoby, Janet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza, and Frank Sharry of the National Immigration Forum among many others.

El Paso Times BNHR article - 01/15/07

... marches, apparently in El Paso. And: Doris Meissner, who was commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service under President Clinton and who heads a national immigration task force, called Garcia a "very promising young leader." ...Meissner, Garcia, Kennedy, McCain and others collaborated on a report called "Immigration and America's Future" for the Migration Policy Institute last...

Will Rod Blagojevich pro-illegal immigration scheme violate law? - 12/13/06

... Naturalization Service commissioner Doris Meissner", and this: Susan Tully, national field director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said the program will put Blagojevich in violation of U.S. immigration law... "He does not have the right under the Constitution, even as governor of Illinois, to grant benefits to people who haven't been cleared by immigration and customs agents...

Tim Gaynor/Reuters, "experts", say fence is "impractical" - 10/03/06

Tim Gaynor of Reuters offers "Experts see U.S. border fence plan as impractical". Three such "experts" are quoted, only two of them being named. The first is "veteran agent Lee Morgan".

"US Task Force Urges Sweeping Immigration Reform" - 09/21/06

Curious: The Independent Task Force on Immigration argues that America's immigration system is dysfunctional to the growing detriment of the nation. Task force co-chairman Lee Hamilton, a former Democratic U.S. congressman from Indiana ["who also served as vice chairman of the U.S.

Secret NAU meeting in Canada - 09/20/06

... Naturalization Services Director Doris Meissner, North American Union guru Robert Pastor, former Defense Secretary William Perry, former Energy Secretary and Defense Secretary James Schlesinger ... The only media member scheduled to appear at the event, according to documents obtained by WND, was the Wall Street Journal's Mary Anastasia O'Grady. And: ...In June, the Security and Prosperity...

The losing battle to deport criminal aliens - 09/19/04

The AP has an article about the attempts to catch "the nearly half-million immigrants who have ducked deportation orders or are targets for removal because they were convicted of a crime." The article is by Elliot Spagat and Laura Wides: "Drive to deport illegal fugitives 'a losing battle'": Even as the government pours millions into enforcement, each year the number of new fugitives far exceeds...