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Robert McKee Irwin awarded a Grant through UC Berkeley's Health Initiative of the Americas

Robert McKee Irwin and co-PI Juan Antonio Del Monte of the Observatorio de Legislación y Política Migratoria of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte have been awarded a Programa de Investigación en Migración y Salud (PIMSA) grant through UC Berkeley's Health Initiative of the Americas for their project "Migrants and Covid-19 in Tijuana: Digital Stories," which they will realize under the auspices of the Humanizing Deportation project.


Publication by Giovanni Peri and Gaetano Basso Featured by the White House

GMC Director Giovanni Peri and affiliate Gaetano Basso had their publication featured in a White House article detailing the benefits of extending permanent legal status to unauthorized immigrants. Peri and Basso discovered that immigrants in the United States have a higher mobility response to local economic conditions than natives. This, as the White House argues, could contribute to increases in productivity of local economies. 

Kevin Johnson featured in the San Francisco Chronicle

GMC affiliate Kevin Johnson was featured in a San Francisco Chronicle article which discusses the Biden administration's initiative to replace "alien" with "non-citizen" and components of the new border policy. Johnson is observed supporting the change in verbiage, pointing out that "alien" implies something which is not human and thus not entitled to human rights. The change in verbiage is the preliminary step in ensuring the fair treatment of migrants.

Angel Desai named as Stephen M Kellen Term Member for the Council on Foreign Relations

Congratulations to GMC Affiliate Dr. Angel Desai for her recent nomination as a Stephen M. Kellen Term Member for the Council of Foreign Relations! From the website, "The Stephen M. Kellen Term Member Program provides young professionals in government, media, nongovernmental organizations, law, business, finance, and academia the opportunity to participate in a sustained conversation on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy.

Brad Jones for Lifegate Italy

GMC Affiliate Brad Jones' news mentions about migrant deaths in Arizona continue to proliferate. This time he finds his comments on the situation featured in Lifegate Italy. For our readers who are fluent or aspire fluency in the Italian language, we encourage you to give it a read! 

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Santiago Perez for the Hellman Fellowship

Congratulations to GMC Affiliate Santiago Perez for being awarded a Hellman Fellowship for his joint work with Diana Moreira! The Hellman Fellows Program recognizes early-career faculty and awards grantees with funding toward their research. 

Santiago Pérez and Coauthors Featured in a New York Times Editorial by David Brooks

Research by Pérez and coauthors found itself in a recent opinion piece by David Brooks. Brooks attempts to answer a question on the minds of many individuals in the contemporary: just how racist is America? Brooks used the research by Pérez and company in his discussion of financial mobility rates for immigrants. The research revealed that children of immigrants have higher rates of upward mobility than children of the US-born. But to Brooks, is this enough to conclude that America is free of any race related sins?

Research by Justin Wiltshire Referenced in Testimony This Week Before the US Congressional Joint Economic Committee

Wiltshire's Paper "Walmart Supercenters and Monopsony Power: How a Large, Low-Wage Employer Impacts Local Labor Markets" was mentioned in a testimony by Kate Bahn before the US Congressional Joint Economic Committee last Wednesday. Wiltshire's research was used in the testimony as evidence of how large employers enjoy a greater degree of liberty in setting wages in rural, low-density areas. 

Brad Jones for BBC, Spectrum News 1, Telemundo Arizona, and KTAR News

Brad Jones was interviewed by a plethora of news outlets to discuss the historically deadly month of June for migrants in Arizona. Though June had a markedly high number of deaths for migrants, Jones suggest that the trends for June may not be anomalous: the coming summer months could prove to be equally fatal.

To hear Jones talk about the deaths of migrants in June and possible implications, find the links to the news outlets below.

BBC (minute 49:20)

Brad Jones for AZ Central

GMC Affiliate Brad Jones' commentary on Border Patrol prevention by deterrence policies was featured as part of an AZ Central article on the effect of record heat on migration deterrence policy and its alternatives.

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Caitlin Patler, Erin Hamilton, and Robin Savinar have been awarded the 2021 "Best Publication Award" from the American Sociological Association Sociology of Mental Health Section

Patler, Hamilton, and Savinar's publication "The Limits of Gaining Rights while Remaining Marginalized: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and the Psychological Wellbeing of Latina/o Undocumented Youth" has been deemed the best publication of 2021 American Sociological Association Sociology of Mental Health Section. The award ceremony will take place on Monday, August 9. The logistics of the location and time are yet to be determined, but we will be sure to provide an update when more information is released!