Meet Neville W. Cramer
United States Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service (1976-2002)
After serving three years as a municipal police officer in Arizona and Florida, Neville W. Cramer began his long career in immigration law enforcement in 1976, as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent. His first duty station was in Eagle Pass, Texas, on the Rio Grande River – as close to the problem of illegal immigration as one can get!
However, soon after he arrived in West Texas, he was selected to serve in the interior of the United States as a Special Agent for the Criminal Investigations Division of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS.) For the next twenty-five years, he held multiple law enforcement, supervisory, and managerial positions, including Senior Special Agent, Special Agent-in-Charge/Office of International Affairs, Chief of the Immigration Officer Academy, and Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Enforcement.
At the time of his retirement in late 2002, he was one of the most experienced INS Special Agents to ever serve in the U.S. Department of Justice.
As a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent in the Washington, D.C. District Office, his responsibilities included conducting and supervising investigations relating to criminal and civil violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act. These investigations led to the arrest, prosecution, and deportation of hundreds of criminal aliens who were illegally in the United States. Cramer was also one of a very few Special Agents who were called upon to utilize their unique authority and assist other federal law enforcement agencies with their foreign counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations.
In 1984, Cramer was promoted to Senior Special Agent at INS Central Office (Headquarters), located only blocks from the U.S. Capitol. During his first tenure there, Cramer developed the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program. SAVE was subsequently mandated for nationwide use under the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). Almost immediately after IRCA was signed into law, Cramer was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Enforcement and given the responsibility of implementing SAVE usage, as well as several other enforcement-related portions of the IRCA legislation.
In recognition of successfully creating and implementing the SAVE System, Cramer earned one of the highest achievement awards at INS and was nominated for the Attorney General’s Award. The SAVE Program still operates to this day and serves as the foundation for Homeland Security’s E-Verify employment eligibility program.
U.S. Immigration Reform Advocate
As an active proponent and public speaker about the effective overhauling of our broken immigration system, Neville has also authored two books, the latest being Immigration Chaos – Solutions to an American Crisis (2007.) Several of Cramer’s programmatic “improvements” (described in this book) are now being considered for inclusion in future pieces of immigration reform legislation. He has also been a frequent “expert” guest commentator for the media, and is listed on the prestigious FBI National Academy Associates Speakers Bureau.
Neville Cramer now resides in South Florida with his beloved wife - and golf clubs!