To Pentagon staffers, Anchorage-based immigration lawyer Margaret Stock has always been “scary smart.” But as of this week, Stock enters a select group of “geniuses,” more formally known as MacArthur fellows. The MacArthur Foundation awards each recipient a “genius grant” of $625,000 over five years for their past achievements and future projects. Stock’s passion happens to be a combination of two issues that the country is grappling with: immigration law and national security. Drawing upon her experience as an attorney, a lieutenant colonel in the Military Police Corps and a professor at West Point, Stock has dedicated herself to finding simple solutions for the nation’s millions of immigrants. She is best known for the successful implementation of the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program (MAVNI). We spoke with her on the phone.