Migration Research Cluster

Lizbeth De La Cruz Santana's Interactive Mural Along US-Mexico Border Featured on USA Today and Fox 40

August 11, 2019
Lizbeth De La Cruz Santana returned to the Mexican beach where her father entered the U.S. illegally before she was born to put final touches on a mural of adults who came to the U.S. illegally as young children and were deported. The project blends Mexico’s rich history of muralists with what can loosely be called interactive or performance art on the U.S.-Mexico border.

UC Davis School of Law Receives $1.15M to Help Migrant Children in Detention

August 06, 2019
Two nonprofit organizations have given University of California, Davis, School of Law a total of $1.15 million to help fund additional staff attorneys and further serve immigrants through its Immigration Law Clinic. “UC Davis School of Law greatly appreciates the support and confidence of Together Rising and the James Irvine Foundation,” said Professor Kevin R. Johnson. “Our amazing Immigration Law Clinic will have much-needed resources to provide legal assistance to immigrants in dire circumstances.”

Giovanni Peri's Research about Guest Workers Referenced in Vancouver Sun Article

July 28, 2019
A big jump in the number of guest workers is hurting low-wage employees and others across Canada, according to economists. In line with the research of Professor Giovanni Peri, the article describes how owners of a franchise often try to justify bringing in more guest workers by saying they can’t find anyone to fill the low-skill slot.

Giovanni Peri's Research on Economic Growth and Immigration in the 1990's Cited in ProPublica Article

July 19, 2019
At some points in U.S. history, notably the 1990’s, the country did see a period of high economic growth that did not depend on immigration. “The 90’s were a special decade,” Professor Peri stated. The 4 percent growth at that time had more to do with increased productivity because of technological advances, innovation, and tax policy.

Kevin R. Johnson's Commentary on Repatriation Drives featured in History Article

July 12, 2019
The deportation of U.S. citizens has always been unconstitutional, yet scholars argue the way in which “repatriation drives” deported non-citizens was unconstitutional, too. Professor Kevin R. Johnson stated that “one of the issues is the ‘repatriation’ took place without any legal protections in place or any kind of due process.”

Kevin R. Johnson's Commentary on Recent ICE Raids featured in The Mercury News

July 11, 2019
The prospect of nationwide immigration raids starting this weekend has spread fear in the Bay Area’s immigrant communities. Professor Kevin R. Johnson noted that "people are fearful of leaving their homes, fearful of going to work, fearful of going to school, fearful of going to the doctor, fearful of going to the DMV.”