WASHINGTON (MNS) — The man President Bush wants to head the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service is a relative unknown in immigration circles, but he's no newcomer to Washington.
James W. Ziglar works closely with the Senate and its staff as Senate doorkeeper and sergeant-at-arms, ensuring that proper protocol is followed in managing the Senate administrative staff.
"Among immigration advocates, we're all in the same boat in that we don't have a lot of information about his management background," said Aisha Qaasim, legislative staff attorney for the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. "We want to know where he stands on certain key immigration issues, and I don't think we will have the opportunity to know that until he begins to work in his official capacity."
While he has no immigration experience, Bush said Ziglar's management experience would be an asset to the INS, which the president has repeatedly stated is in need of organizational reform.