April 18, 2012
Contact: Michelle Mittelstadt
WASHINGTON – With the Supreme Court oral argument in Arizona et al v. United States scheduled for April 25, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) has several experts available to discuss Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law, the legal issues before the Supreme Court with respect to state-level immigration enforcement and the possible ramifications for states that have enacted or are considering similar legislation. S everal states, including Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Utah have enacted immigration enforcement measures that in some ways are similar to Arizona's law.
- Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director of MPI’s U.S. Immigration Policy Program, who served as Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) from 1993-2000.
- James W. Ziglar, MPI Senior Fellow who served as INS Commissioner from 2001-2002. Ziglar, who began his law career as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, taught immigration and constitutional law at the George Washington University Law Center.
- Muzaffar Chishti, Director of MPI’s office at New York University School of Law. Chishti is an immigration attorney and has focused much of his research in recent years on state- and local-level activity on immigration enforcement. Chishti also co-authors the monthly "Policy Beat" feature of the Migration Information Source, MPI's online journal, which has examined issues surrounding SB 1070.
Meissner and Ziglar, in their capacity as former INS Commissioners, submitted an amici brief to the Supreme Court in the Arizona case. Both will attend the Supreme Court oral argument on April 25.
To reach Meissner, Ziglar or Chishti, before or after the oral argument, please contact MPI Communications Director Michelle Mittelstadt at 202-266-1910 or Deputy Communications Director Burke Speaker at 202-266-1920.
The Migration Policy Institute is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank in Washington, D.C. dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide. MPI provides analysis, development and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at the local, national and international levels. For more on MPI, please visit www.migrationpolicy.org.