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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.”

Online Certificate on Psychological First Aid for Migrants, Refugees and Displaced Persons

August 02, 2019
The UC Berkeley Health Initiative of the Americas is collaborating with the Citizen Initiative for the Promotion of Dialogue Culture and other entities in Mexico in the implementation of an Online Certificate on Psychological First Aid for Migrants, Refugees and Displaced Persons. Online sessions begin on August 14 for the Spanish version and August 22 for the English version and both end on December 5, 2019.

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.

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."