News Mentions/Interviews

Kevin R. Johnson's Commentary on Asylum Protections Featured in KQED Article

July 15, 2019
A new rule aims to make asylum claims ineligible if an asylum-seeker passes through another country first. Professor Johnson stated that "Guatemala's legal infrastructure is weak, to say the least. Mexico has offered very limited legal protections for Central Americans. That makes it very different from the safe third country agreement with Canada."

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.”

Kevin R. Johnson's Commentary Featured in Pacific Standard Article

July 05, 2019
Professor Kevin R. Johnson's commentary was recently featured in the Pacific Standard article Motel 6 will Settle a Suit Over its Cooperation with ICE. Popular budget hospitality chain Motel 6 will pay damages of $10 million to former guests with Spanish-language surnames who were targeted in the company's cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Kevin R. Johnson's Commentary Featured in Politifact Article

June 28, 2019
Professor Kevin R. Johnson's commentary was recently featured in the Politifact article "FACT CHECK: Did Kamala Harris really disagree with Obama’s deportation policy?". Kamala Harris’ news release said that two years earlier, in 2012, she issued another "information bulletin" to law enforcement agencies clarifying that federal immigration detainers "are not mandatory, but are merely requests enforceable at the discretion of the state and local agency." UC Davis Law School Dean Kevin R. Johnson expressed that "the bulletin on detainers was meaningful," and that "it allowed local law enforcement agencies" discretion "to not detain low level offenders."

Joanna Regulska's Commentary Featured in Inside Higher Ed Article

June 25, 2019
Colleges are seeing increases in processing times for international students applying for work authorization through the Optional Practical Training, or OPT, program, leaving some students with job or internship offers unable to take up their positions on time. The times increased after January 2017 when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services removed an internal rule stipulating that it would process requests for employment authorization documents within 90 days. "The bigger issue is why for goodness sakes is it taking so long," Professor Regulska said of OPT processing times.