Daniel N. Vara Jr. served 22 years with this country's immigration service. He is currently in private practice and a board member for the Center for Immigration Studies.
As the Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service's Chief Legal Officer in Miami, Florida from 1990 until 2003, and the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief Counsel in Orlando, Florida from 2003 until 2006, Mr. Vara worked with the FBI, CIA, and other U.S. Government Agencies on immigration cases involving alien smuggling, human trafficking, human rights violations, organized crime and counter-terrorism.
He was involved in the government response to the 1998 Nicaraguan influx, the prosecution of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, and was the architect of the government strategy used to resolve the Cuban Mass Migration Crisis of 1994. Mr. Vara trained state and local law enforcement officials on national security enforcement and developed and successfully litigated the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) strategy used to counter foreign espionage activities in the U.S.