WASHINGTON (MNS) — The newly appointed commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, James Ziglar, has no background in immigration issues, and the amnesty plan for almost 4 million Mexican illegal immigrants President Bush proposed will add administrative work to the INS.
Still, there are high expectations for his ability to manage the INS.
"He knows nothing about immigration," said Angela Kelley, deputy director of the National Immigration Forum, an organization supporting immigration, but "he is a person with good management experience."
Originally from Mississippi, Ziglar started his professional career as a lawyer in 1973. He joined the investment banking industry in 1980, where he has spent most of his career. Ziglar first worked for the federal government in 1987 as assistant secretary of the interior for water and science.
Kelley thinks Ziglar, who started the INS job on Aug. 6, will surround himself with experts in immigration. He already appointed Stuart Anderson as an associate commissioner for policy and planning, a key policy development position. Anderson worked as a director of immigration research and analysis on the Senate subcommittee on immigration. He also worked with Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., a pro-immigration legislator.