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. 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 a senior contributor to Forbes. He is the author of the book Immigration (Greenwood, 2010).

Mark Regets is a Senior Fellow at the National Foundation for American Policy. Mark is a scholar with the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA-Bonn), and the Global Labor Organization. Mark was an economist in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, which produces NSF’s biennial Science and Engineering Indicators. He also has been an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University; a member of OECD working groups on high skill migration and Chinese human resources; and IZA’s (Germany) representative to the EU’s European Network on Human Mobility. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Madeline Zavodny, a Research Fellow at the National Foundation for American Policy, is a Professor of Economics at the University of North Florida. Madeline Zavodny is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), a Fellow at the Global Labor Organization, and an Adjunct Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Much of her research focuses on economic issues related to immigration, including Beside the Golden Door: U.S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization (AEI Press, 2010) and The Economics of Immigration (Routledge, 2015). Her research on immigration has also been published in the Journal of Labor Economics, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and Demography, among others. Before joining UNF she was a professor of economics at Agnes Scott College and Occidental College and an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Dr. David G. Tuerck, a Research Fellow at the National Foundation for American Policy, is a Professor of Economics at Suffolk University and Executive Director of the Beacon Hill Institute. He has published widely on economic policy issues and brings over four decades of experience as a working economist. He is past president of the North American Economics and Finance Association. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia.

William Burke, a Research Fellow at the National Foundation for American Policy, is the Director of Research at the Beacon Hill Institute. He manages the Institute’s research projects, including the development and deployment of the STAMP model. He is also responsible for generating state revenue forecasts for the Massachusetts legislature. He holds a BSBA in Business Economics from Suffolk University.

Advisory Board Members

Stephen W. Yale-Loehr is a Professor of Immigration Practice at Cornell Law School, where he teaches immigration and asylum law. He is co-author of Immigration Law and Procedure, the leading 21-volume treatise on U.S. immigration law. He is of counsel at Miller Mayer in Ithaca, New York. Mr. Yale-Loehr received his B.A. degree from Cornell University in 1977 and his J.D. cum laude from Cornell Law School in 1981. He was editor-in-chief of the Cornell International Law Journal. After graduation, Mr. Yale-Loehr clerked for the chief judge of the Northern District of New York. Mr. Yale-Loehr is the coauthor or editor of many books, including Green Card Stories; America’s Challenge: Domestic Security, Civil Liberties and National Unity After September 11; Balancing Interests: Rethinking the Selection of Skilled Immigrants; Global Business Immigration Practice Guide; J Visa Guidebook; Understanding the Immigration Act of 1990; Understanding the 1986 Immigration Law, and numerous law review articles.

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.

Jeffrey Gorsky served as the Chief of the Legal Advisory Opinion section of the Visa Office in the U.S. Department of State. He worked for 35 years as a lawyer and diplomat at the U.S. Department of State and is a nationally recognized expert in immigration law, a former U.S. vice-consul in Bilbao, Spain, and a former Iberian intelligence analyst. He received two Department of State Superior Honor Awards and was a winning contestant on Jeopardy. He was stationed as a consular officer in Medellin and Bogota, Colombia, as well as Bilbao, and also had two months of temporary duty in Cuba. Before entering the State Department, he worked for two years as a court appointed criminal defense attorney. After leaving the State Department, he was a Senior Counsel with the international immigration firm Berry, Appleman, and Leiden (BAL).


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