2018-2019 News

UC Davis IMPACT Program Invests in the Launch of the Global Migration Center

September 12, 2019
It is with much excitement that we announce the upcoming launch of the new Global Migration Center! Our proposal was selected to be one of four new IMPACT Centers on campus. The newly established IMPACT (Inter & Multidisciplinary Program to Accelerate Convergence & Translation) program was designed by the Office of Research to help support the “launch and operations of multidisciplinary centers with innovative research in topical areas expected to remain vibrant for 10 years or more.” We commend this initiative to bring to UC Davis visionary ideas to tackle important and pressing societal challenges.

Katherine Eriksson's Research on Wealth Shock Featured in CityLab Article

September 03, 2019
It will end up costing the U.S. economy as much as $1 trillion between now and 2028 for the nation to maintain its longstanding black-white racial wealth gap, according to a report released this month from the global consultancy firm McKinsey & Company.  Professor Katherine Eriksson's reasearch found that “The Intergenerational Effects of a Large Wealth Shock: White Southerners After the Civil War,” that white resilience to economic catastrophe has been almost impenetrable.

Caitlin Patler and Leah Hibel's Article on the Administration's New Guidelines for Child Detention Published in the New York Times

August 27, 2019
In this article, Professors Caitlin Patler and Leah Hibel discuss last week's announcement by the Trump administration on a new regulation that would allow the government to indefinitely detain migrant families who cross the border. If it goes into effect, it would terminate an agreement known as the Flores settlement to ensure that children are kept in the least restrictive setting possible, receive certain standards of care, have access to lawyers, and are generally released within 20 days.

Robyn Rodriguez's Commentary on California Ethnic Studies Curriculum Bill Featured in The Sacramento Bee and Breitbart News

August 23, 2019
As debates over which communities should be represented in California’s first ethnic studies curriculum intensify, a bill that would require that the curriculum be taught in high schools is being delayed. Professor Robyn Rodriguez said it appears that many groups criticizing the draft curriculum, such as Jewish, Hellenic, and Armenian groups, misunderstand the academic field by “thinking of ethnic studies as being about ethnicity.”

Kevin R. Johnson and Leticia M. Saucedo's Co-edited "From the Bookshelves: Understanding Immigration Law Third Edition" Recently Published

August 19, 2019
The third edition of Understanding Immigration Law by Kevin R. Johnson, Raquel Aldana, Bill Ong Hing, Leticia M. Saucedo, Enid Trucios-Haynes lays out the basics of U.S. immigration law in an accessible way to newcomers to the field. It offers background about the intellectual, historical, and constitutional foundations of U.S. immigration law.

Giovanni Peri's Commentary on the Employment Rate of Foreign-Born Residents Featured in KSL News

August 19, 2019
Foreign-born residents had higher rates of full-time employment than those born in the United States last year, and naturalized immigrants were more likely to have advanced degrees than the native-born. "Usually immigrants start off in the U.S. lagging behind a bit in terms of income, as they need to find the right job, learn local skills and so on and then catch up," said Professor Giovanni Peri.

Kevin R. Johnson's Commentary on New 'Public Charge' Rule Featured on Los Angeles Times

August 16, 2019
California on Friday sued the Trump administration to challenge the legality of a new “public charge” rule that could deny green cards to immigrants who receive public assistance, including food stamps, Medicaid and housing vouchers. Professor Kevin R. Johnson said that an equal protection claim generally only prevails if it can be established that the government acted with an intent to discriminate.

Giovanni Peri Interviewed on The Case for Immigration Podcast

August 16, 2019
Professor Giovanni Peri was interviewed on how immigration affects American workers on the podcast “The case for Immigration” by Nathan Bown in an episode called “Immigration and the American Workers”.