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Staff from the Center for Immigration Studies have testified before Congress on immigration more than any other non-governmental organization. Staff at the Center for Immigration Studies includes:

  • Executive Director Mark Krikorian, author of the book The New Case Against Immigration: Both Legal and Illegal. Mark Krikorian has headed the Center since 1995. He holds a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, and spent two years at Yerevan State University in then-Soviet Armenia. Before joining the Center he held a variety of editorial and writing positions.
  • Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan, lead author of report on gangs and immigration policy commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice, and former Foreign Service Officer. Jessica Vaughan has been with the Center since 1991, and her area of expertise is the administration and implementation of immigration policy, covering topics such as visa programs, immigration benefits and immigration law enforcement. Prior to joining the Center, Mrs. Vaughan was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department, where she completed consular and administrative assignments. Mrs. Vaughan has a master's degree in government from Georgetown University and earned her Bachelor's degree in international studies at Washington College in Maryland.
  • Director of Research Steven A. Camarota, lead researcher for more than five years on a project for the U.S. Census Bureau evaluating the quality of its immigrant data. Steve Camarota has been with the center since 1996 and his area of expertise is economics and demographics. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in public policy analysis and a master's degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Senior Research Fellow Jerry Kammer, winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for national reporting. Jerry Kammer began working for the Center in 2009. He began his work in journalism in 1974 as a reporter with the Navajo Times. In 1986, Kammer became the Northern Mexico correspondent for The Arizona Republic, where his work was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Award for humanitarian journalism. In 2002 he joined the Washington bureau of the Copley News Service. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for his work in helping uncover the bribery scandal whose central figure was Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham. He is a graduate of Notre Dame, holds a Masters in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.
  • Director of National Security Policy Janice Kephart, formerly counsel to the 9/11 Commission. Janice Kephart is an internationally recognized border and ID security expert, who served as counsel to the 9/11 Commission and was a key author of the Staff Monograph, 9/11 and Terrorist Travel as well as the immigration-related facts and recommendations in the 9/11 Commission Report. Prior to 9/11, she was responsible for conducting factual investigations into counterterrorism issues and conducting oversight of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (before the creation of the Department of Homeland Security) as a counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology and Terrorism.
  • Senior Policy Analyst Stephen Steinlight, former Director of Education at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, Director of National Affairs at the American Jewish Committee, and Vice President of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Dr. Steinlight began his affiliation with the Center for Immigration Studies in 2001 when he was named a Fellow. Since joining Center staff, he has written on the impact of mass immigration on the status and political power of American Jewry. Dr. Steinlight has long experience in community affairs, having been an official at the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the US Holocaust Memorial Council, the American Anti-Slavery Group, and the American Jewish Committee. He is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University and was a Marshall Scholar at the University of Sussex, England, where he received his doctorate.
  • Demographer Karen Jensenius began working at the Center in the Spring of 2008. She received her Master's degree from George Mason University in Justice, Law, and Crime Policy and her B.S. from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in Applied Mathematics and Criminal Justice.

See the full CIS website for a complete list of publications and reports by the Center for Immigration Studies.

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