Peter K. Nunez

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Peter K. Nunez is currently a spokesman for the anti-illegal immigration coalition "You Don't Speak for Me!", which was organized in April 2006 by Dan Stein, president of the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR). [1]


Nunez was born August 31, 1942, in West Reading, PA. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, 1964-1966, and graduated from Duke University (B.A., 1964) and the University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., 1970). [2]

After two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Gordon Thompson, Jr., U.S. district judge for the Southern District of California (1970-1972), Nunez served as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of California beginning in 1972 and continued service as the United States Attorney (San Diego) during the Ronald Reagan administration (1982-1988). [3]

Nunez was Assistant Secretary for Enforcement in the U.S. Department of the Treasury under President George H.W. Bush (1990-1993) [4], "responsible for all the law enforcement activities of the Treasury Department components, including the Customs Service, the Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and the criminal investigations functions of the Internal Revenue Service." [5]

Nunez also "served as the Chairman of what was then called the Southwest Border Committee, which consisted of the Commissioners of Customs and INS and the Administrator of DEA, with the responsibility of coordinating all of the federal law enforcement activities along the southwest border with Mexico." He also "presided over the initiation of Project NorthStar, a multi-agency coordinating mechanism on the U.S./Canadian border including the border law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada." [6]

When he was nominated by President Bush to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement and Tariff Affairs in 1989, Nunez was a partner in the litigation department of the law firm of Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison.

A "lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of San Diego," where he has taught on "Transnational Crime and Terrorism" and the "Politics of Immigration Policy," Nunez served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Center for Immigration Studies in 2004. [7]

"Since 1998 he has been involved in providing training, advice, and technical assistance to various foreign governments with respect to legal reform and the improvement of their criminal justice systems. He has been a law enforcement advisor to the Governments of Armenia and El Salvador under a program sponsored by the Treasury Department. He has also worked with government officials in Georgia, Ukraine, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, Turkey and Israel in the development of legal reforms in the criminal justice and law enforcement systems. Mr. Nuñez graduated from Duke University in 1964, served in the U.S. Navy, and attended law school at the University of San Diego, graduating cum laude in 1970." [1]

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  1. Peter K. Nunez, University of San Diego, accessed September 17, 2008.