- Special counsel to the Raben Group
- Former executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Former executive director of the Palestine Solidarity Committee
- Former senior advisor to the National Immigration Forum
- Open Borders advocate
- "I don't think that [9/11] can be attributed to the failure of our immigration laws."
Jeanne Butterfield is a special counsel to the Raben Group, which "bring[s] together a diverse collection of professionals with deep roots in law and progressive public policy." Prior to that, she was executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), an organization that is part and parcel of the open borders movement that seeks to eliminate all restrictions on immigration into the United States, and advocates amnesty for those illegal aliens already residing in the U.S.
Before she was elected to head the AILA, Butterfield was the executive director of the Palestine Solidarity Committee. The PSC had acted as the political arm of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist organization in much the same way that Sinn Fein acted as a representative of the Irish Republican Army. Besides excusing PFLP terrorist attacks and campaigning against U.S. aid to Israel, the PSC under Butterfield also supported Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and was active in the antiwar movement opposing American intervention to liberate Kuwait. The PSC and PFLP are Marxist organizations. She was also a former advisor to the National Immigration Forum, a radical open borders group that seeks to legalize all illegal aliens currently in the U.S.
A few days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States, Butterfield stated, "I don't think that the events of last week can be attributed to the failure of our immigration laws." A month after the 9/11 attacks, Butterfield spoke before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, citing her proposed initiatives for "Effective Immigration Controls to Deter Terrorism." Reminding those in attendance that the U.S. is "a nation of immigrants," Butterfield suggested that immigration authorities should continue to grant entry to "legitimate asylum seekers who have no documents and who are too scared or traumatized by abuse to adequately make their claim at the border." She further suggested that authorities should "[provide] any applicant for entry or a visa, in writing, the reason for the denial of entry and an avenue for review of any denial based on this information."