Director, Immigration Policy
Expertise: Immigration policy, politics, and legislation, immigrant rights, due process, judicial review
Marshall Fitz is Director of Immigration Policy at American Progress where he directs the Center’s research and analysis of economic, political, legal, and social impacts of immigration policy in America and develops policy recommendations designed to further America’s economic and security interests. Before holding his current position he served as the director of advocacy for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, where he led the education and advocacy efforts on all immigration policy issues for the 11,000-member professional bar association. He has been a leader in national and grassroots coalitions that have organized to advance progressive immigration policies.
Fitz has been one of the key legislative strategists in support of comprehensive immigration reform and has served as a media spokesperson on a broad array of immigration policy and legislative issues. He has appeared on national and regional television and radio stations including MSNBC, CNN, BBC, C-SPAN, and NPR; been quoted extensively across the spectrum of international, national, and local publications; and presented at national conferences and universities on immigration matters. He has also advised numerous members of Congress on immigration policy, politics, and strategy and helped draft major legislation. He currently serves on the boards and steering committees of other national organizations focused on immigrant rights and immigration policy.
Marshall is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and served on the Virginia Law Review. After graduation he clerked for Judge Bruce M. Selya on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In the following years he practiced immigration law in Washington, D.C. at Hogan & Hartson, LLP.
Publications: “Symposium Remarks: Changing the Face of Immigration: A Year in Transition,” St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary 19 (Fall 2004); “To Repeal or Not to Repeal: The Federal Prohibition on In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants Revisited,” West’s Education Law Reporter 168 (2) (October 24, 2002): 565-73; miscellaneous op-eds and columns in national and regional publications.