CHRIS BREWSTER is superintendent of Santa Fe South Schools in Oklahoma City. He has served in public education for a total of 18 years and began work with these charter schools as founding principal in 2001. Born in Kansas City, Brewster was raised in five states and two countries. As the child of missionaries, he was afforded the opportunity to develop a broad world view. He graduated from high school in the Philippines. Earning his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Baptist University, he entered the public education field serving as a music teacher and coach in the inner city of Oklahoma City. Brewster completed his master’s in education from the University of Oklahoma and is currently working on his doctorate from OU. He is married to his high school sweetheart Christi. They they have four children, Anna, Ben, Jesse and Lydia. The three who are of school age attend Santa Fe South schools.
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RAMÒN CHÀVEZ is the Director of the Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Oklahoma. He previously served as chairman of the Department of Contemporary Media and Journalism at the University of South Dakota. Chávez was city editor of the El Paso Herald-Post before joining the University of Colorado at Boulder faculty in 1991. His journalism experience spans more than 20 years in various positions from general assignment reporter to city editor. He is a founding member of the National Association for Hispanic Journalists and is a member of the Native American Journalists Association. Professor Chávez also has taught full-time at the University of Texas at El Paso and San Josè State University. He is a two-time winner of the National Teaching Award for Excellence from the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He earned a B.A. in journalism at Texas Tech University and an M.A. in communication from the University of Washington. Professor Chávez has also served as Dean of the American Indian Journalism Institute, based at the University of South Dakota.
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JOHN COLLISON is a first generation Oklahoman. After serving in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard for a total of six years, John received an Associates degree in Agriculture Business form Redlands College and a Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in Agriculture Economics. John started with Senator Inhofe in 1999 as the SW Oklahoma Field Representative, taking over as the Director of Field Operations in 2002. In 2004 Senator Inhofe named him as the State Director covering all of Oklahoma. He specializes in agriculture, military, and environmental issues. John is a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Rotary International. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and searching for out of print waterfowl books. John resides in Edmond and is married to Kerri Collison, an engineer with Boeing. John and Kerri have three daughters named Katelyn, Elizabeth and Abbey, and one son named Jack.
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MARCIE LEVY ESCOBAR
Upon graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2002 with a degree in Spanish and minors in history and portuguese, MARCIE LEVY ESCOBAR began working at Santa Fe South Charter High School as a translator and ESL/ELL teacher and coordinator. In 2006, she was awarded the Coca-Cola Scholarship Educator of Excellence award. She is passionate about informing and educating the community about civil rights for undocumented immigrants. In April, 2009, she attended the National Council of La Raza Advocacy Week campaign in Washington, D.C., learning how to empower the Latino community in Oklahoma City. She is currently a master’s candidate at the University of Central Oklahoma in the SEEDS (Supporting Excellence Education for Diverse Students) Multicultural Education Program.
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PATRICIA FENNELL has a background in political science, a BS degree in sociology and a masters degree in social work. She is a former Oklahoma State President of the National Association of Social Workers and was selected 1992 Oklahoma Social Worker of the Year. Fennell is the President/CEO and founder of the Latino Community Development Agency. She has served in numerous boards including her service in the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma City Federal Reserve Bank for more than 6 1/2 years, chairing that board for 3 1/2 of those years. Subsequently, she served on the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank Community Development Advisory Council for three years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), one of the most powerful national Latino advocacy organizations headquartered in Washington. She is also one of seven trustees in the National Association of Social Workers Insurance Trust. Locally, she serves on the Board of Columbus Enterprise School. In 1997, she was selected by the Kellogg Foundation as a delegate to the Women’s Conference held in Beijing. She was recently appointed to serve on the Oklahoma Senate Task Force for the Impact of Undocumented Immigrants. Among her many achievements, Fennell includes the development of the Riverside Community Center, a model initiative featured at the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future held in Philadelphia in 1997 as one of the 50 outstanding programs in the United States. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma, Leadership Oklahoma City and the Central Region Leadership Institute. She is married, has two sons and four grandchildren. She is a native of Quito, Ecuador.
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JOE FOOTE is Dean and Edward L. Gaylord Chair in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. Previously, he headed the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University. He has also taught at Cornell University. Before entering university teaching, Foote served as Press Secretary to Speaker Carl Albert and Administrative Assistant to Congressman Dave McCurdy. He was a journalist at the Voice of America, KTOK Radio, and the Oklahoma News Network. Foote is author of Live from the Trenches: The Changing Role of the Television News Correspondent and Television Access and Political Power: The Networks, the President, and the Loyal Opposition. Foote earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, Post-Graduate, University of Bristol, Bristol England, Rotary Graduate Fellow, and Ph.D. from the University of Texas. Foote can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MARCELINO “CHELINO” GARCIA
MARCELINO GARCIA is an entrepreneur and business owner serving the Hispanic community in the Oklahoma City Metro Area. He came to the United States as an undocumented immigrant in 1979. His success since then has been a true rags to riches story and and he says evidence of the elusive American Dream.
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MARK GREY is professor of anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa. He is also director of the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration. The Center is an award-winning program that provides consultation, training and publications to Iowa communities, churches, organizations, and employers as they deal with the unique challenges and opportunities associated with influxes of immigrant and refugee newcomers. Grey is also associate director of the Iowa Center on Health Disparities. Grey received his Ph.D. in applied anthropology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He has published extensively in academic journals on immigration in the Midwest including recent articles in The Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies and Applied Research in Economic Development. He has also published extensively for non-academic audiences. His handbooks include, New Americans, New Iowans, and Welcoming New Iowans: A Guide for Managers and Supervisors. He co-wrote Health Matters: A Pocket Guide for Working with Diverse and Underserved Populations, Welcoming New Iowans: A Guide for Christians and Churches and Health Matters: A Pocket Guide for Working with Diverse Cultures and Underserved Populations and A Rural Service Provider’s Guide to Immigrant Entrepreneurship. Mark is co-author of the new book, Postville: USA: Surviving Diversity in Small-Town America. Grey has won numerous awards for his activities, including the One Iowa Award for Diversity, the Midwest Sociological Society Social Justice Award, the Remington Award, Iowa’s highest award the promotion of public health, the Iowa Friends of Civil Rights Award, the Iowa Council for International Understanding Vision Award, the University of Northern Iowa Distinguished Service Award, and the Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. Visit the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration website at http://www.newiowans.com.
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RAZI HASHMI is executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma. CAIR is a grassroots civil rights advocacy group whose mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. Since 2007, Hashmi has developed relations with the media, interfaith leaders, governmental officials, educators, law enforcement, and various other civic leaders to further the mission of CAIR. He has written numerous columns, including “Walls of Prejudice,” Stillwater News-Press; “Stand Up for Justice,” The Oklahoman, Tulsa World and Edmond Sun; “Muslims: Keep Political Promises,” The Oklahoman, and “Ignorance is the Enemy,” The Oklahoman. He writes a regular column for the Edmond Sun in an effort to bridge gaps of faith, politics, race, class and social issues and foster dialogue toward building a better community. Hashmi graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in international studies focused on the Middle East and a minor in philosophy.
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CAROL HELM is director of Immigration Reform for Oklahoma Now, an organization founded in 2000 to advocate enactment of state legislation to control immigration. Working closely with members of the Oklahoma Legislature, IRON helped secure passage of HB 1804 in 2007. The new law directs police to verify immigration status when arrests are made, instructs employers to verify the legal status of workers and requires individuals to show proof of legal residence when applying for public benefits. A native Oklahoman, Helm put three sons through college before completing her business degree at Tulsa Community College. She worked for more than 15 years in the oil and gas industry, then founded Castleton of Tulsa Corporate Lodging in 1994. The business thrived, and she sold it in 2000, intending to retire. Instead, she and several other Oklahomans founded IRON after observing relatives in Arizona living in fear while protecting their land and cattle against a rising tide of illegal immigrants, a problem all but ignored by the news media. IRON’s membership has since grown to represent citizens in all areas of the state and of every party affiliation. Under Helm’s leadership, the organization works carefully to remain nonpartisan, beholden to no one except the voters of Oklahoma.
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PAUL HUNKER is the Chief Counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Dallas. He has spent his entire legal career working for the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He graduated magna cum laude from Marquette University in 1989 and from Georgetown University Law Center in 1992. Currently, he oversees the Dallas Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC), consisting of thirteen attorneys, four support staff and four student aides. The office gives particular attention to the prosecution and removal of sexual predators, gang members, terrorists, and traffickers in persons. Hunker is also the leader of the Legal Intern Working Group and a member of the New Attorney Training Advisory Group. He also assists the Strategic Management Division with strategic reviews of various Chief Counsel offices.
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Rep. SHANE JETT
SHANE JETT was born on Dec. 5, 1974, in Shawnee, Okla. In addition to his international business degree from Oklahoma Baptist University, he received a certificate in stock market operations from the Brazilian Institute of Capital Markets while in Brazil and an executive education certificate from the Kennedy School of Government on Legislative Leadership. He speaks three languages – English, Spanish and Portuguese. These languages served him well during two years of market research and consulting work in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. As an educator, Rep. Jett has taught many international executives and students and was involved with the National Association of International Educators, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NAFSA). As a businessman, Rep. Jett consults for businesses, Native American tribes, non-profits, universities and colleges on both international and domestic business challenges in marketing, management, recruiting, financing and project management. He lectures in the United States and Brazil, speaking on topics including international relations, tribal issues, public policy, immigration reform, and his passions – a vision for Oklahoma and U.S. foreign policy. Rep. Jett won election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives for District 27 in 2004. He recently announced as a candidate for the Republican nomination for Oklahoma’s 5th District congressional seat. He continues active participation in Gideons International, McLoud, Shawnee, Tecumseh and American Indian chambers of commerce. In 2008, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He is married to the former Ana Carolina Gomes of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. They have two daughters, Raquel and Esther.
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DONALD KERWIN is vice president for programs at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington. MPI is a nonpartisan think tank on immigration policy issues, with significant programs related to U.S. immigration policy, immigrant integration, economic development, national security, U.S.-Mexico migration and transatlantic migration. Prior to joining MPI, Kerwin worked for more than 16 years at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., serving as executive director for nearly 15 years. CLINIC is a public interest legal corporation that supports a national network of more than 300 charitable legal programs for immigrants. Upon his arrival at CLINIC in 1992, Kerwin directed CLINIC’s political asylum project for Haitians. He became CLINIC’s executive director in December, 1993. During Kerwin’s tenure, CLINIC oversaw among the nation’s largest political asylum, detainee services, immigration appeals, and naturalization programs. CLINIC also offers the nation’s most extensive training and legal support programs for community-based immigrant agencies. Kerwin serves on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration, the board of directors of Jesuit Refugee Services-USA, the board of the Border Network for Human Rights and as associate fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center. He is co-editor of “And You Welcomed Me: Migration and Catholic Social Teaching” (Lexington Press, 2009),
. Kerwin is a 1984 graduate of Georgetown University and a 1989 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.
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RICHARD KLINGE graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 1974. He currently serves as Associate Director for Catholic Charities for the Oklahoma City Archdiocese. His areas of responsibility are Advocacy, Outreach and Legal Services, with supervisory responsibility for the Immigration Assistance Program and the Refugee Program at Catholic Charities. His area of responsibility also includes advocacy and education on Catholic Social Teaching and how it speaks to social, political and economic issues. Catholic Charities employs four additional attorneys in its Immigration Assistance Program and provides immigration assistance to people throughout the western half of Oklahoma. Since joining Catholic Charities in 2007, HB 1804, Oklahoma’s Anti-immigration statute and its impact has been the focus of much of his work. He has advocated and lectured throughout the state regarding both the legal and practical implications of that and related legislation. His prior work includes the positions of General Counsel for two Oklahoma based publicly traded corporations and extensive litigation experience in both federal and state courts in multiple jurisdictions.
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DANIEL M. KOWALSKI
DANIEL M. KOWALSKI, an IJJ senior fellow for immigration, has been practicing immigration law since 1985, representing clients from the richest multinational corporations to the poorest asylum-seekers from every continent. He has a solo practice in Austin, Texas: www.cenizo.com. Kowalski is editor of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin (LexisNexis), a subscription technical journal, and Bender’s Immigration Bulletin – Daily Edition (a free public Web site)
. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio. Kowalski has taught immigration law at the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of Washington School of Law.
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TONY LEYS has worked at the Des Moines Register as an editor and reporter since 1988. He covers health care and a range of other topics. He has written more than 100 stories about the aftermath of a 2008 immigration raid at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville, Ia. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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STEVE MONTIEL is founding director and now board president of the Institute for Justice and Journalism (IJJ), created with Ford Foundation funding at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2000 to strengthen journalism about justice and injustice. In 2009, the institute became an independent nonprofit organization. Montiel now is a media relations representative for the University of California Office of the President. Before becoming director of IJJ in 2000, Montiel served for 12 years as president of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, created in 1977 to increase racial diversity in U.S. news media. He reported and edited for The Associated Press, Vietnam Bureau of Pacific Stars and Stripes, Arizona Daily Star and Los Angeles Times, and served as deputy press secretary for the 1984 Olympics and vice president of the LA84 Foundation, created with Olympic surplus funds. He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a founding member of CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California. A 1969 journalism graduate of the University of Arizona, Montiel taught there as an assistant professor of journalism from 1979 to 1981.
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JULIO CÉSAR ORTIZ
JULIO CÉSAR ORTIZ is an award-winning television reporter who specializes in immigration coverage for KMEX–34 Univision in Los Angeles. His stories and his involvement with the immigrant community have been recognized at the local, state and national levels. He has received 17 Emmys, including best writer, best on-air talent, journalistic reporter of the year and best series coverage. Ortiz, 34, is the youngest of 11 siblings and the only one in his family to attend college. He received two associate degrees from Santa Barbara City College before transferring to California State University, Northridge, where he earned a double-major bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication studies. While still a student in 1998, he founded the first 30-minute weekly Spanish newscast in the California State University system. Ortiz is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the College of Urban Education at the University of Southern California. After five years as a reporter for Univision in Arizona, he went to work for KMEX-34 Univision in Los Angeles. Ortiz is known among government officials and the immigrant community for his intense coverage of Hispanic immigration issues. His reports have been featured in “Noticias Univision” news coverage. His stories have taken him from Phoenix to the U.S.-Mexico border, from Los Angeles to small towns in the heart of Mexico where emigration to the United States has taken its toll. In 2005, Ortiz received the Edward Murrow Regional Award for best writer. He is the first Mexican immigrant journalist to receive two consecutive Associated Press awards for writer of the year in the Western United States. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists has recognized Ortiz four times since 2002 for best news feature, investigative and human interest reporter. An immigrant himself, he has dedicated his career to not just informing his audience about the challenges of immigration, but also describing its human face.
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Field Office Director Nuria T. Prendes has been a U.S. law enforcement officer for more than 25 years. In 1984, Prendes received her first appointment as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent in Eagle Pass, Texas, under the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). She served in this capacity for more than 4½ years, gaining experience in all facets of border operations, including anti-smuggling and prosecution experience as well as U.S. Border Patrol academy instructor. Prendes was promoted to deportation officer in 1988 where she served carrying out docket-management duties, overseas escorts, and fugitive apprehension operations. Prendes was promoted to supervisory detention and deportation officer in 1995. She served as first-line supervisor for a unit of deportation officers, supervisory detention enforcement officers and journeyman personnel. She was promoted in 2000 to assistant district director for detention and removal at the Dallas district office. She supervised day-to-day operations of the program which included coordinating complex mass removals of criminal aliens from the United States. Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was established in March, 2003, under the newly created Department of Homeland Security. In June, 2003, Prendes was appointed as interim field office director for the Dallas Field Office, Office of Detention and Removal Operations. In this capacity, she directed field operations in the Dallas area of responsibility, which comprises 128 counties in north Texas and the state of Oklahoma. In January, 2004, Prendes was officially selected as the field office director for the Dallas Field Office. Prendes is a native of Cuba who immigrated to the United States when she was 9 years old, along with her parents and sister to flee the totalitarian Castro regime. Prendes resides in Denton County, Texas, with her husband, a retired ICE special agent, and their three children.
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JASON RILEY is a member of the editorial board at the Wall Street Journal, where he’s worked for 15 years. He started at the paper six months after graduation from the University at Buffalo in upstate New York, where he was born and raised. Prior to joining the Journal, Riley worked at USA Today and his hometown paper, the Buffalo News. He’s primarily an editorialist, but he also writes op-eds and book reviews for the paper and appears regularly on the Journal’s TV show on Fox News to discuss current events. Riley writes on a wide range of topics, including economics, telecommunications, education and race. He also writes about politics in general at the federal, state and local level. Over the past nine years, one of the subjects he’s covered extensively for the paper is immigration. He’s written about its effects on the economy, the culture and the political debate in the United States. He’s written about both high-skill and low-skill immigrants. He’s reported from both Silicon Valley and the Mexican border. He is the author of a book on U.S. immigration policy, “Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders.”
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SHARON ROUSENHAUSE was the Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Journalism Ethics at the Cronkite School at Arizona State University last semester. In 2009, Rosenhause also directed New America Media’s Veterans Project, an ethnic-mainstream collaboration in Los Angeles supported by the McCormick Foundation.Rosenhause retired in July 2008 as managing editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She prevously was managing editor of the San Francisco Examiner, editor of the San Francisco Chornicle’s PM Edition and worked at the New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times and Bergen (N.J.) Record. A four-time Pulitzer Prize juror, Rosenhause served five years as a board member of the American Society of News Editors and on the boards of the Associatd Press Managing Editors, the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and the Journalism and Women Symposium. She is currently secretary and board member of the Institute for Justice and Journalism and a member of the selection committee for the Kaiser Media Fellowships. Rosenhause is the 2006 winner of the Robert G. McGruder Award for Leadership in Diversity, given by ASNE, APME and the Freedom Forum. She also was given the Career Achievement Award by the Columbia Journalism School Workshop on Race and Diversity in 2005.
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JOHN SCHMELTZER is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who joined the faculty of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma in August 2009. Schmeltzer spent most of his professional career at the Chicago Tribune, where he helped direct the newspaper’s west suburban coverage for 15 years before returning to reporting as a business writer. It was there that he helped direct the Tribune’s aviation project, “Gateway to Gridlock,” which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism. Two years later he was named a finalist for the UCLA Anderson School of Management Gerald Loeb award for stories about the bankruptcy of United Airlines. Prior to joining the Tribune, he worked at daily newspapers in Iowa, Illinois and Virginia.
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CHARLES SELF is a Gaylord chair and professor. Professional experience includes editor at U.S. Army Newspapers and reporter for United Press International. Administrative experience includes chair of department of journalism at the University of Alabama and head of department of journalism at Texas A&M University. Research interests include alliances between media outlets and schools and departments of journalism and mass communication.
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DIANNE SOLÍS is a senior writer at the Dallas Morning News, reporting on immigration. Her stories have probed the lives of a Honduran family split by deportation, a retiree who crusades against immigration, the victims of identity theft, and Guatemalans who endure low wages and dangerous working conditions in the Texas meatpacking industry. Solís has also written about the rise of drug cartels in Mexico, violence against migrants along the Guatemalan-Mexico border and deportees who have been forcibly sedated with powerful psychotropic drugs. She formerly covered immigration for The Wall Street Journal from the Journal’s Houston and Mexico City bureaus, and has written for public radio and television. Solís, a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, was raised in the San Joaquin Valley of California where all her grandparents settled after fleeing the violence of the Mexican Revolution.
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FRANK O. SOTOMAYOR
FRANK O. SOTOMAYOR is an IJJ senior fellow and formerly was associate director of the Institute when it was affiliated with USC. He’s now also a USC adjunct faculty member. He was a Los Angeles Times editor for 35 years, including 18 years as assistant metro editor. He was co-editor and a writer on a Times series “Latinos in Southern California,” which won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Sotomayor was a co-founder of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, the California Chicano News Media Association and the National Association for Hispanic Journalists. In 2002, he was named to NAHJ’s Hall of Fame. He authored “Para los Niños, Improving Education for Mexican Americans” and co-edited the book “Frank del Olmo: Commentaries on His Times.” He majored in journalism at the University of Arizona and got a master’s in communication from Stanford. He has studied at Harvard as a Nieman Fellow. He also worked at the Arizona Daily Star, Philadelphia Inquirer and Pacific Stars and Stripes.
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DANIEL STEIN is the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. Prior to joining FAIR in 1982, Dan was executive director of the Immigration Reform Law Institute. His legal experience consists of working in a private practice and as a congressional staffer. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress. Cited in the media as “America’s best known immigration reformer,” he has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.
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T. DOUGLAS STUMP
T. Douglas Stump, founder and senior attorney at Stump & Associates, P.C., is an attorney with more than 27 years of experience in a practice limited exclusively to immigration law. His practice focuses on employment-based immigration law, complex deportation, federal court litigation, and family immigration matters. He currently serves as the national treasurer of the 11,500-member American Immigration Lawyers Association, the nation’s largest organization of immigration attorneys. He is also the only Oklahoma attorney ever elected to serve on the AILA Executive Committee. He has been listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers since 1996 and is listed in Best Lawyers in America for immigration law. Stump was recently recognized in Oklahoma Magazine as one of the Top 50 Super Lawyers in Oklahoma and is listed in Who’s Who of International Corporate Immigration Attorneys. He has co-edited over 20 books on immigration law and spoken at more than 75 national and international conferences on immigration law. He frequently serves in an advisory capacity on legislative efforts to draft new immigration laws. Stump is former general counsel for the Oklahoma State Council for Human Resource Management.
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WARREN VIETH is a senior fellow of the Institute for Justice and Journalism and director of its Immigration in the Heartland program. He is a visiting professor of journalism at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. From 1989 through 2005, Vieth worked in the Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau as a White House correspondent, national economics correspondent, feature writer, general assignment reporter, assistant national editor, assignment editor, project editor and night news editor. A native of Kingfisher, Okla., Vieth previously worked for newspapers in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Dallas and Orange County, Calif. He received a journalism degree with honors from OU in 1977, and was editor in chief of the Oklahoma Daily student newspaper. Since returning to OU as a visiting professor, he has designed and launched new courses in state Capitol reporting, in-depth reporting and investigative reporting. He also has taught feature writing, news editing and multimedia journalism. Vieth raises tomatoes and okra with his wife Kathy. He plays drums poorly in his spare time. Phone: (405) 501-3374. E-mail: email@example.com. Website: