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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Participants
    as a Senate cosponsor and caught the White House s eye Becky started working on Capitol Hill in 2001 for Sen McCain then went to the House side to work for Congressman Kolbe In 2005 Becky and Margaret were reunited when the first bicameral bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill was introduced That bill brought together several offices we d been filming with including Sen McCain Sen Kennedy and Rep Gutierrez

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/participants/becky-jensen-tallent (2016-04-27)
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  • Twelve Stories: How Democracy Works Now | Participants
    powerful lobbies were in agreement about almost everything that day that was our introduction to Randy and to the Business point of view on immigration reform Randy is Senior Vice President for Labor Immigration and Employee Benefits at the U S Chamber of Commerce he s a Business Lobbyist In the popular imagination of what happens in Washington it s fair to say that the Business Lobbyist occupies a special space and Randy does reflect that image in the sense that he s a hard nosed negotiator quick witted and charming We even filmed a few meetings of him and his colleagues in a book lined wood paneled conference room that looks like a movie set but once he starts explaining why Business needs immigration reform and what particular policies they support once again the reality of DC is so much more nuanced and fascinating than we imagine Randy joined the Chamber in 1997 Before that he was the Republican labor counsel and coordinator for the U S House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce He graduated from Denison University and the University of Maryland School of Law and received his Master of Laws in labor relations from

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/participants/randy-johnson (2016-04-27)
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    already had a lot of experience on the Hill he d worked for Sen Connie Mack and Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison He had his JD but he was also an officer in the Navy and ready to fight for his boss point of view Before we met Joe many of the staffers we knew worked for Senators who were passionate about immigration issues but that was not the case for Sen Chambliss who was assigned to the committee by Republican Leadership Watching Joe and Sen Chambliss work together was a great lesson in how the Senate works and how powerful staffers truly are Joe stayed on the Judiciary Committee even after Sen Chambliss left it the new full committee Chairman Sen Arlen Specter hired Joe as his Deputy Chief Counsel When Sen Specter held a dramatic series of immigration mark ups in 2006 Joe was at the center of the action again In 2007 he left DC and returned to his home state where he is now the Deputy Attorney General of Florida and Chief of Staff to Attorney General Bill McCollum In that capacity Joe oversees 1 200 employees and a dozen offices throughout Florida to handle the state

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/participants/joe-jacquot (2016-04-27)
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    Republicans certainly But her interest in and take on the question of immigration reform seemed to be very much in line with EWIC s and Demetri s and Frank s She was excited by the idea of a rational immigration system that would be fair and would actually work for all the parties involved At first she simply wrote about the issue over time she edged closer to the line separating reporters from advocates As fissures in the Republican party over immigration started to open after 9 11 Tamar argued vigorously for the benefits to the country and especially to American business of staying the course begun by President Bush earlier that summer Her January 2002 essay Distinguishing Terrorists from Busboys How to Think about Immigration even helped re energize discouraged advocates gathered for the National Immigration Forum s conference shortly afterward By the summer of 2004 when she went to Arizona to help with the NO ON 200 campaign against an anti immigrant state ballot initiative Tamar had moved over to become an advocate entirely She remained a brilliant voice for comprehensive reform though In fact one of her Wall Street Journal opinion pieces was xeroxed into thousands of flyers for the NO ON 200 campaigners to hand out as they went door to door As the Republican party continued to splinter over immigration reform Tamar s role in articulating the pro immigrant conservative point of view became more crucial She eventually moved to Washington to do it full time and her work helped form a much broader pro reform coalition for the big Senate fights of 2006 and 2007 In some sense Tamar s trajectory from the abstract think tank world into a political street fight mirrors the path Comprehensive Immigration Reform has taken since 2001 After the

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/participants/tamar-jacoby (2016-04-27)
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    esteem they held for each other was clear and Janice was a very welcome addition to Club Judich It s not uncommon for staffers to put in a few years on the Hill and then join the private sector but many of Sen Kennedy s staffers stayed with him for years as Janice and Esther did Janice s path to working on the Hill and particularly for Senator Kennedy helped us understand what keeps a long term staffer so devoted to their work Janice s parents are immigrants and when her father was finishing up medical school he did his residency in Massachusetts but his visa was about to end and he was going to be deported back to the Philippines He asked Sen Kennedy to help him and he got workers like now me and Esther to work on his case Her dad got a visa extension to avoid deportation and years later he and Janice s mother came back to the United States for good So her path was very personal cinematic even but Janice s talent and devotion to her policy work was every bit as impressive Her directness and sense of humor made her a great

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/participants/janice-kaguyutan (2016-04-27)
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    Hill Anybody there who wasn t running for office was almost always camera shy just didn t have a good feeling about it period And staffers most of all are trained and socialized to stay in the shadows always ceding the limelight and its sometimes punishing glare to their bosses But Margaret was a natural quite obviously we re sure that camera presence was the farthest thing from her mind She was completely absorbed in the daunting task that drew us to her boss in the first place He d asked her to do something that sounded pretty reasonable and turned out to be revolutionary In fact Jeff Flake s early guestworker bill the one Margaret wrote with Becky Jensen in Rep Kolbe s office in 2003 turned out to be a pivotal moment in the big story of the fight for comprehensive immigration reform legislation When we first learned about the these two kids across the hill from the Senate side the Kolbe Flake bill seemed to have come out of the blue Who were these young staffers And on top of that the original draft language all 33 pages outlined an idea that was either radical or radically sensible depending on your perspective But it was immediately controversial It would be a while before the genius of the idea was recognized by people in the immigration field Over the next couple of years Margaret and Becky learned much about the tricky and sometimes uncomfortable intersection of politics and policy Their original draft attracted all kinds of attention positive in the press and intensely negative attention from restrictionist groups like FAIR and Numbers USA as well as a lot of pro immigration advocacy organizations The most interesting response probably came from the White House which adopted a lot of

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/participants/margaret-klessig (2016-04-27)
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    staffer in the Democratic Leader s office working on the US Mexico initiative Then 9 11 happened before we even managed to introduce ourselves to Daschle s office and Andrea left the Senate soon afterward to join the private sector As a lobbyist for the Nueva Vista Group one of Andrea s early clients was the UFW the United Farm Workers Union She was always crossing paths with staffers and advocates we were filming Many of them were her old friends and since friendship is the key to so many things on the Hill we were happy to see more and more of her as we got further into the story But it really wasn t until 2006 when Kennedy and McCain s Grand Bargain became a serious possibility in the Senate that Andrea became a big character for us She was everywhere then the super smart voice on countless conference calls who could always explain what on earth was happening on the Hill She always seemed to understand it As a former staffer who d stayed on top of things she d kept up with people she d known for years who were now senior staff all over the Hill And just as importantly having spent time with the Rules Committee she had an encyclopedic understanding of Senate rules and floor procedure Andrea s savvy about how the Senate actually works and what goes on in a Majority Leader s office or a Chief of Staff s head not to mention the Democratic Party made her an indispensable ally for the advocates In all the convoluted scenarios we had the good luck to be around to follow even the strange weeks of the Clay Pigeon in June 2007 we never saw a situation she couldn t explain It was

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/participants/andrea-larue (2016-04-27)
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    on the Hill but the size and diversity of the AFL CIO made that job extremely complicated Over the course of the next year Gerron participated in a lengthy process to develop a comprehensive reform bill led by Sen Kennedy s staffer Esther Olavarria That fall the Immigrant Worker Freedom Rides brought a new level of attention to immigration reform and to the Labor Movement s position on immigration It was hard to say where Labor really stood on the issue partly because Labor is such a giant entity and partly because the internal workings of the labor movement are mysterious to put it mildly What was very clear was that Gerron was a political force to be reckoned with we saw a lot of talented people at work on this issue but Gerron s performance in a very tough position truly stands out Gerron was born in Chicago and started her career on the Hill as a staffer for Rep Gus Savage D IL and Sen Dianne Feinstein D CA She worked as a lobbyist for the Laborers International Union before joining the AFL CIO s lobbying staff These days she is also a member of the Maryland House

    Original URL path: http://www.howdemocracyworksnow.com/participants/gerron-levi (2016-04-27)
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