Immigration Debate: Press One For Culture War In English

This originally appeared at (03/25/2010) as part of Douglas Rivlin's Immigration Thursday's column and was cross posted at There are number of illuminating moments... Read More


Doug Rivlin

Doug took the job as Director of Communications at the National Immigration Forum shortly before we began filming the series in the summer of 2001. He had a unique perspective on the issues at hand, probably both from his Masters Degree training at the Annenberg School for Communications at the Universoty of Pennsylvania and from his constant contact with reporters. And he was always cracking us up, which isn‘t such a great thing when you are trying to hold a camera steady, but which often helped his colleagues through ups and downs.

During his nine years at the Forum, Doug was responsible for helping reporters and the public understand the immigration issue and what is at stake in the comprehensive immigration reform debate. Before taking on the immigration issue, he had worked as a Senior Advisor to the Director of the Voice of America and was the Washington Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career in advocacy and communications at the Children‘s Defense Fund and the Advocacy Institute.

Since leaving the Forum in October of 2009 spent time as a blogger and communications consultant, before joining Congressman Luis Gutierrez’ staff as his Press Secretary.

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