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Robert Irwin's coedited issue of Tabula Rasa "Global Border Industrial Complexes: Genealogies, Epistemologies, Sexualities", available in its entirety here:

January 07, 2020
Complejos industriales fronterizos globales: genealogías, epistemologías, sexualidades Coeditors: Cristina Jo Pérez, Robert McKee Irwin, John Guzmán Aguilar This portfolio brings together essays focusing on the notion of the Border Industrial Complex from a variety of comparative historical and geographical perspectives that look beyond the most obvious collaborations of the state and private sectors in comparative border securitization, identifying a wide range of elements that contribute to and benefit from systems of border control.

Philip Martin's Commentary on CA Minimun Wage Increases and Agricultural Workers featured in BakersfieldNow Article

December 30, 2019
California's minimum wage will increase by one dollar on January 1, 2020, paying $13 an hour for larger businesses, and $12 an hour for businesses employing fewer than 25 employees. As wages rise, agricultural growers anticipate cutting back on overtime hours for their workers. Philip Martin, an agricultural labor economist at UC Davis, estimates that by 2022 for the average grocery bill of $45, a shopper would be about a dollar more a month.

Giovanni Peri and Annie Hines' Article on the Effect of Deportation on Crime Featured in Econofact

December 13, 2019
Giovanni Peri and Annie Hines' Article "Does Deporting Immigrants Lower Crime? Evidence from Secure Communities" was recently featured in Econofact. The goal of reducing crime has been cited as one justification for policies that increase the government's ability to deport immigrants. But there are different — and conflicting — ways in which increasing deportations could impact crime.

Gabriel (Jack) Chin's Commentary on Trump's Travel Ban Featured in Spring Hill Insider

December 07, 2019
Gabriel “Jack” Chin, a UC Davis law professor and expert on immigration law, said that Robart could preclude an evidentiary hearing by deciding whether the executive order is discriminatory on its face, one way or the other. He said the Seattle judge will be moving onto “very, very tricky terrain” if he sides with the state of Washington’s lawyers that the president’s thinking needs to be investigated.

Santiago Perez Awarded Best Article Published by a Young Researcher

December 06, 2019
Santiago Perez's article "The (South) American Dream: Mobility and Economic Outcomes of First- and Second-Generation Immigrants in Nineteenth-Century Argentina" was recently awarded Best Article Published by a Young Researcher, by the National Academy of Economic Sciences of Argentina.

Giovanni Peri Interviewed about Global Migration on The Economist

November 29, 2019
Many of the recent political shifts in the West—the election of Donald Trump, the rise of populism in Europe and Brexit—can be partially attributed to the fear of mass migration. Yet increasing migration is one of the quickest ways to make the world richer.

Santiago Perez and Katherine Eriksson's Research on Immigrant Families' Success Featured in Davis Enterprise

November 12, 2019
Since taking office, President Donald Trump has made it a priority to restrict legal immigration to the United States. To bolster its anti-immigration policies, the Trump administration has pushed the narrative that poor immigrants are a drain on government resources. New research by UC Davis professor Santiago Pérez sheds light on the economic mobility of immigrants and suggests the government’s view may be shortsighted.

Lizbeth De La Cruz Santana Interviewed on her Interactive Mural Along US-Mexico Border on Slate News

November 11, 2019
The mural is a community project conceived by Lizbeth De La Cruz Santana, as part of her dissertation at UC–Davis. Santana said she wanted specifically to tell stories of those who had been removed by President Barack Obama’s Department of Homeland Security, which set records for the number of deportations that even the Trump administration has not surpassed. “Anyone is vulnerable to deportation if you’re a noncitizen,” Santana said.