Doris Meissner

Senior Fellow and Director, US Immigration Policy Program
Migration Policy Institute

Doris Meissner, former Commissioner of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), is a Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), where she directs MPI’s U.S. immigration policy work.

Her responsibilities focus in particular on the role of immigration in America’s future and on administering the nation’s immigration laws, systems and government agencies.  Her work and expertise also include immigration and politics, immigration enforcement, border control, cooperation with other countries, and immigration and national security. She has authored and co-authored numerous reports, articles, and op-eds and is frequently quoted in the media.

From 1993 - 2000, she served in the Clinton administration as Commissioner of the INS, then a bureau in the U.S. Department of Justice.   Her accomplishments included reforming the nation's asylum system; creating new strategies for managing US borders; improving naturalization and other services for immigrants; shaping new responses to migration and humanitarian emergencies;  strengthening cooperation and joint initiatives with Mexico, Canada, and other countries; and managing growth that doubled the agency’s personnel and tripled its budget.

She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned BA and MA degrees.