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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.

Click here to read the article.

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! 

Franciscans International presenting "African, Extracontinental, and Afro-Descent Migration in Latin America"

Franciscans International, an organization which collaborates with the UC Davis Global Migration Center, is hosting an event focused on African, extracontinental, and Afro-descent migration in Latin America. Specifically, they will cross-examine the discriminatory practices of different countries in migration control towards these groups. We encourage anyone who was interested in the previous events hosted by the GMC to consider attending this event on July 7th at 8:00 am PT. For more information about the event, find the attached poster below.


Daniel Costa for Yubanet

GMC Visiting Scholar Daniel Costa was recently featured as a guest writer for YubaNet, giving his commentary on a Supreme Court order that makes it more difficult for farmworkers to unionize. 

To understand his stance in full, click here,

Raquel Aldana for ImmigrationProf Blog

GMC Affiliate Raquel Aldana was recently featured on ImmigrationProf giving her commentary on US immigration policies amid the backdrop of her experiences providing legal orientation to asylum seekers at the border.

To read her entire analysis, click here.

Giovanni Peri for the LA Times

recent study by GMC Director Giovanni Peri and GMC Graduate Student Affiliate Reem Zaiour that notes the economic effects of four different scenarios for the legalization of undocumented migrants was featured as part of an LA Times Op-Ed arguing for the halting of deportations and the opening of pathways to citizenship.

New Migrant Narrative by Robert McKee Irwin

"Bringing Deported Migrants Home to the US" is a new migrant narrative written by Robert Irwin which discusses the process for deported migrants to return legally to the United States. We encourage you to head over to the "Migrant Narratives" section under our Resources page to check it out!

Giovanni Peri and Reem Zaiour for the Center for American Progress

A new report by GMC Director Giovanni Peri and GMC Graduate Student Affiliate Reem Zaiour finds that four different scenarios involving a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants would lead to up to an additional $1.7 trillion dollars to the nation's GDP and the creation of up to 440 thousand jobs.

To read the article, click here.

Bradford Jones for the Marshall Project

GMC Affiliate Bradford Jones' commentary on Title 42 was featured in an article by The Marshall Project. Jones notes that Title 42 is part of a series of policy measures that lead to more death and harm to those crossing the border by creating incentive to cross. Title 42 allows for the immediate deportation of individuals without prior screening for potential asylum protection, leading more people to attempt to cross the border and risk their lives.