Stuart Anderson is Executive Director of the National Foundation for American Policy, a non-partisan public policy research organization focusing on trade, immigration and related issues based in Arlington, Virginia ( From August 2001 to January 2003, Stuart served as Executive Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning and Counselor to the Commissioner at the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Before that Stuart spent four and a half years on Capitol Hill on the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, first for Senator Spencer Abraham and then as Staff Director of the subcommittee for Senator Sam Brownback. Prior to that, Stuart was Director of Trade and Immigration Studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., where he produced reports on the military contributions of immigrants and the role of immigrants in high technology. He has an M.A. from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science from Drew University. Stuart has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and other publications. He is the author of the book Immigration (Greenwood, 2010).


Advisory Board Members


Spencer Abraham is Chairman and CEO of The Abraham Group, an international strategic consulting firm based in Washington, DC. After being nominated by President-elect George W. Bush, Spencer Abraham was sworn in as the tenth Secretary of Energy in United States history on January 20, 2001. Prior to being named Secretary of Energy, Abraham served as a U.S. Senator from Michigan for six years, where he was the author of 22 pieces of legislation signed into law – an unprecedented accomplishment for a freshman senator. He also chaired two subcommittees: Manufacturing and Competitiveness and Immigration. He became a leading advocate for technology issues. He authored three particularly groundbreaking pieces of technology legislation: the Electronic Signature in Global and National Commerce Act, the Government Paperwork and Elimination Act, and the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. He has published articles in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard and other publications as well as frequently appears as a guest commentator on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg. Spencer Abraham and his wife, Jane, are the parents of three children. He holds a law degree from Harvard University, where he co-founded the Federalist Society, and is a native of East Lansing, Michigan. He is the author, with William Tucker, of Lights Out: Ten Myths About (And Real Solutions To) America’s Energy Crisis (St. Martin’s Press, 2010).


Jagdish Bhagwati, a University Professor at Columbia University, was born and raised in India. Professor Bhagwati has served as Economic Policy Advisor to Director-General, GATT (1991-1993) and as Special Adviser to the UN on Globalization (2001). Currently, he is an External Adviser to the WTO. Regarded as one of the foremost international trade theorists of his generation, he has also made contributions to development theory and policy, public finance, immigration, and to the new theory of political economy. Among his books are: Protectionism (1988), an international bestseller in several languages, The World Trading System at Risk (1991), A Stream of Windows: Unsettling Reflections on Trade, Immigration, and Democracy (1998), which won the prestigious Eccles Prize for Excellence in Economic Writing, and The Wind of the Hundred Days: How Washington Mismanaged Globalization (2001). Professor Bhagwati also writes for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times, and appears frequently on national TV programs, including CNN and the News Hour. He is currently a Vice President of the American Economic Association.


Dr. Richard Vedder is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He has written extensively on labor issues, labor mobility, immigration, and tax policy. He has authored such books as The American Economy in Historical Perspective and, with Lowell Gallaway, Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America. His other books include Essays in Nineteenth Century Economic History, co-editor, and The American Economy in Historical Perspective. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Vedder has written over 100 scholarly papers published in academic journals and books, and his work has also appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today. Vedder has been an economist with the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.

James W. Ziglar served as Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) from August 2001 until November 2002, when he retired from federal service. Ziglar served in the federal government for more than 15 years. In addition to his position at the INS, he served as sergeant at arms of the U.S. Senate, as assistant secretary of the Interior for water and science – where he oversaw the operations of the Bureau of Reclamation, the Bureau of Mines and the U.S. Geological Survey – and as a congressional and public affairs officer at the Department of Justice. Ziglar began his legal career in 1972 as a clerk for former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun before joining the New York firm of Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander and Ferdon, where he specialized in public securities law. In 1977, he joined O’Connor, Cavanagh, Anderson, Westover, Killingsworth and Beshears as a partner in the Phoenix office, where he established and managed the firm’s public securities practice. Ziglar’s investment banking experience includes serving as a managing director of UBS PaineWebber Inc., as a senior vice president of Dillon, Read & Co. and as a managing director of Drexel Burnham Lambert. Ziglar’s private sector career has spanned almost 23 years. He has been widely published in national publications and has appeared on major national television programs.


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