News Mentions/Interviews

Kevin Johnson Event and forthcoming paper features in ImmigrationProf Blog

April 14, 2021

On April 2nd, Kevin Johnson delivered the Jerome Hall lecture at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law. His lecture was centered around his pending paper titled "Bringing Justice to Immigration Law", which is soon to be published in Northwestern University Law Review. 

The paper focuses on the ascension of a strong immigration rights movement, as well as the Trump administration's opposition to it. The paper also focuses on the recent attempts to bring racial justice to immigration law.

David Kyle Featured in PolitiFact Article

April 13, 2021

With an expertise in the area of human smuggling, David Kyle was asked to comment about Katie Pavlich's claim that "the Biden administration is engaging in human trafficking...". One thing Kyle finds problematic with this statement is the misattribution of the word "trafficking". As Kyle explains, the situation is more reminiscent of smuggling rather than trafficking. 

Lizbeth De La Cruz featured in Podcast Series

April 13, 2021

Lizbeth De La Cruz has been gathering and illustrating stories for the Humanizing Deportation storytelling project since 2016. Recently she was featured on this month's episode of The Backdrop podcast. During her interview she discusses the origins of the project, its goals, and the role she plays in gathering and documenting stories. 

To find the link to the podcast for your preferred listening platform, click here.

Daniel Costa Featured in Mercury News

March 29, 2021

After recent rule change by the Biden administration, foreign workers under an H-1B visa will have to wait until 2023 for a boost in the minimum wage. This rule has proved to be quite controversial. One area of controversy is that "companies would be allowed to set H-1B wages based on purchased survey data rather than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage estimates". Daniel Costa takes issue with this, claiming that allowing companies to set wages based on private estimates is an attempt at permitting companies to set lower wages.

Kevin Johnson featured in the Sacramento Bee

March 29, 2021

The article discusses the recent increase in asylum seekers arriving at the United States. Tragically, many of these migrants are unaccompanied children under the age of 18. Ultimately, the responsibility to house these unaccompanied children will fall on the shoulders of Southern California cities such as San Diego. Johnson’s comments are found numerous times throughout the article.

To find out about what Kevin Johnson said, read the full article here.


David Kyle Featured in the Los Angeles Times and NBC Sand Diego

March 10, 2021

The article is an anecdote of a young, Guatemalan woman who was killed in a car crash on her way to find a better life in the United States. David Kyle, an expertise on human smuggling, was called upon to share his thoughts about the conditions for passengers in the vehicle.

To read David Kyle's comments in the LA Times, go to the main article here

Daniel Costa featured in Politico

February 25, 2021

Daniel Costa, director of Immigration Law and Policy Research at the Economic Policy Institute and a UC Davis Global Migration Center affiliate, was featured in a Politico article discussing the recently proposed US Citizenship Act of 2021. Costa was cited discussing the current climate for immigrant farm laborers, pointing out that their lack of legal status leads to their mistreatment in the work force.

Daniel Costa Featured in the Wall Street Journal

February 24, 2021

In a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, Costa was able to express his sentiments on the current situation of job vacancies created by restrictions on new foreign labor. An observable phenomenon during the pandemic is that unemployed Americans are largely disinterested in filling vacant job positions caused by a previous United States ban on new foreign workers. 

Ashish Shenoy Featured in WAMU Article

February 24, 2021

The study "Falling living standards during the COVID-19 crisis: Quantitative evidence from nine developing countries", co-authored by Ashish Shenoy, was the topic of discussion in a recent WAMU article about day-to-day life during the pandemic for countries across the globe. The study gathered data from 9 countries and 30,000 individuals. Its findings are key to understanding the impact of COVID-19 on developing countries.

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Natalia-Deeb Sossa Featured in the Davis Enterprise

February 24, 2021

Natalia-Deeb Sossa's research on immigrant farmworkers in the local county was featured heavily in an article on the Davis Enterprise. The testimonies she received from immigrant farm laborers paints a daunting image of the fear that these essential workers are facing during the pandemic. 

Giovanni Peri, Kevin Shih and Chad Sparber featured in Forbes

February 08, 2021

Research by GMC Director Giovanni Peri, former Graduate Student Affiliate Kevin Shih, and External Affiliate Chad Sparber that shows foreign stem workers as responsible for 30 to 50 percent of the aggregate productivity growth in the US over a 20 year period was featured in a Forbes piece detailing the Trump administration's attempt at imposing restrictions on H1-B visas. 

Read the piece here

Giovanni Peri featured on Immigration Chats with Tejas and Kalpana

February 08, 2021

GMC Director Giovanni Peri was featured on the latest episode of Immigration Chats with Tejas and Kalpana, where he cites his research to provide a framework for the labor market impacts of immigration and dispels misconceptions related to the topic. 

Listen to the podcast here.

Giovanni Peri and Justin Wiltshire Featured in a Uniontrack Article

January 25, 2021

Giovanni Peri and Justin Wiltshire were featured in an article discussing the potential impacts of the Biden presidency on undocumented immigrants. The research produced from the UC Davis Global Migration was vital to showing that undocumented immigrants are over-represented in many industries deemed to be essential during the Covid-19 pandemic. Giovanni Peri and Justin Wiltshire comment about this research and offer other insights on labor contributions from immigrant workers during the pandemic. 

Research featured in New Zealand Initiative

January 05, 2021

Research on the labor market impacts of migrant workers by GMC Director Giovanni Peri was featured by New Zealand Initiative in an article debating the consequences of banning seasonal agricultural workers in New Zealand. 

Read the article here.