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Expert on Immigration Issues

Tracey Bardorf, class of 1995Tracey Bardorf believes the illegal immigration and violence problems on our nation's borders will get better someday. She has to: she deals with it daily, whether she is traveling to Mexico for her job or just reading her e-mail. She is the assistant director of the Office of Policy for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security. Bardorf is in charge of managing a team that focuses on risk and strategic management, operations and international affairs, and management policy.

Bardorf was a Spanish major who moved to Arizona after graduating summa cum laude with minors in Latin American Studies and German. She also studied Russian. She earned a J.D. at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law. She clerked for a state Supreme Court judge and worked in private practice before moving into the complex field of immigration and human trafficking at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona.

In her current position at I.C.E., Bardorf is based in Washington, D.C. While sympathetic with migrants seeking a better life, she understands the need for a country to control and secure its borders. Bardorf prepares and promotes ICE policy that is in the best interest of the agency and the Department of Homeland Security so that she can "move issues forward in a fair and respectful way."