Rudy Giuliani is moving swiftly to rebut the notion that he’s soft on immigration, a line of attack opened by Mitt Romney today.
A few minutes ago, Giuliani announced his members of his “Immigration Advisory Board,” which include George W. Bush’s Commissioner U.S. Customs Service, Robert Bonner.
Here’s the complete roster:
Bonner is a partner in the Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. offices of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, where he is a member of the firm's White Collar Defense and Investigations and Public Policy Practice Groups.
Bonner served as the first Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection from 2003 to 2005, the agency of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for managing, controlling and securing the United States' borders while facilitating global trade and travel.
Bonner was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service in September 2001. Before that, his government service included serving as Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from 1990 to 1993, as U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California, and as the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California. Bonner was also a litigation partner in Gibson Dunn's Los Angeles office from 1993 to 2001, when he served as Co-Chair of the Business Crimes and Investigations Practice Group.
Bonner is a graduate of Georgetown Law School.
C. Stewart Verdery, Jr., Senior Immigration Advisor
Verdery founded the Monument Policy Group in 2006.
Verdery served as the first Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from 2003 to 2005. He helped develop and implement policies related to immigration, visas, and travel facilitation; cargo security and international trade; transportation security; and law enforcement, while supervising policy development at agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration. Among the major DHS policy initiatives Verdery spearheaded were the deployment of the U.S.-VISIT entry-exit program for foreign visitors, negotiation of an international data-sharing agreement with the European Union for airline passengers, development of U.S. immigration enforcement and visa policy.
Verdery served as general counsel to Sen. Don Nickles (R-OK), Assistant Senate Majority Leader, and as counsel to Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on the Senate Judiciary Committee and directed the committee’s crime unit. He also worked for the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Verdery was also senior legislative counsel for Vivendi Universal Entertainment, an associate at the Washington office of law firm Baker & Hostetler, and a media analyst at the Media Research Center.
Verdery is an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a member of the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America’s Future at the Migration Policy Institute. He received his B.A. from Williams College and his J.D. from the University of Virginia, and is class officer for his law school class.
Victor Cerda, Member, Immigration Advisory Board
Cerda practices immigration law in Washington D.C., focusing his practice on complex immigration matters including employer worksite enforcement, executive and entertainment visas, removal proceedings, and litigation.
Cerda concluded a 10-year government career in immigration where he served as the Acting Chief of Staff and Counsel to the Assistant Secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security. He also served as the Acting Director of the Office of Detention and Removal Operations, where he managed DHS’ national detention and removal operations and directed the work of approximately 4,000 employees, including over 2,000 sworn federal law enforcement officers.
Cerda also served as the Acting General Counsel for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Cerda is a native of Chicago and a graduate of Brown University. He received his Juris Doctorate from DePaul University. Cerda is the recipient of the Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Award for Exemplary Service.
Michael Petrucelli, Member, Immigration Advisory Board
Michael J. Petrucelli is currently the Vice President of Government & International Affairs at GridPoint, Inc. Before joining GridPoint, he served at the Department of Homeland Security as the Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services after previously working for two years as Deputy Director.
Petrucelli worked as the Senior Vice President for Operations and Chief of Staff of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. He has also worked at the Federal Communications Commission in both the Office of the Commissioner and the Satellite & Radio Communications Division of the FCC's International Bureau. He has served as the Executive Director of the U.S.-Thailand Business Council and as Director for Thailand, Burma and Financial Services at the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.
Petrucelli served as a U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officer from 1992 to 1996. He is a graduate of Trinity College and has a master's degree in business administration from Goizueta Business School of Emory University and also studied international business at Nijenrode University in The Netherlands.
Nicolle Sciara Rippeon, Member, Immigration Advisory Board
Rippeon is currently a partner at ABM LLC, an advisory services firm specializing in federal strategic sales advice, marketing and message delivery, and government procurement techniques and policies. Previously she served as the Chief of Staff to Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security.
Rippeon was the Director for the Office of Policy and Planning and Deputy Chief of Staff for Commissioner Robert C. Bonner at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. She also worked for the law firm of Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher in Washington and served as Law Clerk to U.S. District Court Judge, the Honorable Jorge Solis in Dallas, Texas.
Rippeon is a graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Ray Shepherd, Member, Immigration Advisory Board
Shepherd is a partner in the law firm of Venable, LLC, where he serves as the Chairman of the firm’s Congressional Investigation Practice Group. Previously, he was the Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
Shepherd advised private-practice clients on legal and political aspects of congressional and agency investigations. He gained significant trial experience through support of white collar litigation and pro bono work in the DC Superior Court.
Shepherd is a graduate of Yale College and received a law degree from George Washington University Law School.
Jan Ting, Member, Immigration Advisory Board
Jan Ting is a Professor of Law at Temple University, having joined the faculty in 1977. He served as the Director of the Graduate Tax Program from 1994 to 2001.
Ting worked under President George H.W. Bush as Assistant Commissioner at the Immigration & Naturalization Service of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has written and researched extensively about national security and immigration law. Ting is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Center for Immigration Studies and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He was also the 2006 Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Delaware.
Ting is a graduate of Oberlin College and received a MA degree from the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii and a law degree from Harvard Law School.