Andrew R. Arthur

Resident Fellow in Law and Policy

Andrew “Art” Arthur, an internationally recognized national-security and immigration expert, is the Center’s Resident Fellow in Law and Policy.

Prior to joining the Center in April 2017, he served as the staff director for the National Security Subcommittee at the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, under committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and subcommittee Chairman Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) between January 2015 and September 2016.

It was his second assignment on Capitol Hill, having previously served as oversight counsel for immigration for Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wisc.), on the House Judiciary Committee beginning in July 2001. In that position, he assisted in the drafting of several major immigration bills, including the Homeland Security Act, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, the REAL ID Act, and the Secure Fence Act.

Arthur left the Judiciary Committee in November 2006 to serve as an Immigration Judge at the York Immigration Court in York, Pennsylvania. There, he heard thousands of deportation, removal, exclusion, and bond cases, and considered applications for asylum and other forms of immigration-related relief.

He began his legal career through the Attorney General’s Honors Program at the U.S. Department of Justice, first as a law clerk to the Hon. Joseph E. McGuire at the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, and then—following a second Honors Program appointment-- as a trial attorney and Associate General Counsel at the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

While at the INS General Counsel’s Office, Arthur served as the Acting Chief of the National Security Law Division, where he oversaw prosecutions of alien terrorists, persecutors, and spies. In that capacity, he advised multiple INS commissioners and Attorney General Janet Reno on immigration and national-security matters.

Over the course of his career, he has participated at symposia on immigration in both the United States and Europe; has testified before Congress on more than 10 occasions; has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, the New Yorker, and numerous other publications; and has appeared on multiple television networks, both in the United States and worldwide.

A native of Towson, Maryland, he is a graduate of the University of Virginia and received his Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University.