Mark Krikorian

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This article is about the immigration activist. For the soccer coach, see Mark Krikorian (soccer).

Mark Krikorian has been the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a think-tank in Washington, D.C since 1995. The Center describes itself as an "independent, non-partisan research organization" in Washington, D.C. that examines and critiques the impact of immigration on the United States. Animated by a "pro-immigrant, low-immigration vision which seeks fewer immigrants but a warmer welcome for those admitted," the Center was established in 1985 to provide immigration research.[1] Krikorian is a regular contributor to the conservative publication National Review, and is as a regular participant at National Review Online's "The Corner."[2]

Krikorian frequently testifies before Congress and has been quoted in and writes articles in The Washington Post,[3] The New York Times,[4] Commentary,[5] National Review,[2] and elsewhere. He has appeared on 60 Minutes,[6] Nightline, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,[7] CNN,[8] National Public Radio[9] and many other television and radio programs.

Krikorian is credited with popularizing the concept of illegal immigrant self-deportation with the term, "attrition through enforcement."[10]

Childhood, education, and early career[edit]

Kirkorian was born in the United States to American-born parents of Armenian descent. His father worked as a chef and restaurant manager, moving his family from New Haven, to Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, and then Boston again, always living in densely Armenian neighborhoods.[11] His parents spoke to their children in Armenian but to each other in English. Krikorian knew only Armenian when he entered kindergarten.[11]

He lost his right eye to a retinal blastoma while still a baby.[11]

He earned his B.A. at Georgetown University, and a master’s at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, also spending two years studying at the Yerevan State University in then-Soviet Armenia.[1][11]

Before joining CIS in February 1995, Krikorian was an editor at the Winchester Star, and worked as editor of an electronic media publication on marketing. He wrote for the monthly newsletter of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.[12]



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