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Robert McKee Irwin for Instick

In an article for Inksick Media, GMC Deputy Director Robert McKee Irwin points to the large backlog of migrants waiting to cross the US-Mexico border, and the low success rate of asylum applications initiated from migrants arriving there, many of whom do not realize that US asylum law was not designed to be a remedy for poverty, unemployment, climate disaster, domestic violence, or public health emergency. Stories of migrants from the Humanizing Deportation archive help to illustrate the predicament. 

Kevin Johnson featured by UC Davis

GMC Affiliate Kevin Johnson of UC Davis Law School was featured in a recent UC Davis press release as one of the heads of the Next Generation Campus Safety Task Force. The group's purpose is to "discuss and assess how the university’s Police Department should evolve to look, operate and engage on both the Davis and Sacramento campuses" and will deliver its final report later this month. 

To read the full UC Davis article about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, click here.

Erin Hamilton, Paola Langer, and Caitlin Patler Publish New Research in Duke University Press' Demography Journal

A publication by GMC Affiliate Erin Hamilton, GMC Graduate Student Affiliate Paola Langer, and GMC Executive Committee member Caitlin Patler was recently featured in Duke University Press' Demography journal. They discovered that "DACA was associated with improvements in the rates of low birth weight and very low birth weight, birth weight in grams, and gestational age among Mexican immigrant mothers".

Giovanni Peri for Ask an Expert by UC Davis Research

GMC Director Giovanni Peri was featured in a recent installment of UC Davis Research's Ask an Expert series. In a series of four videos, Professor Peri explains the impact of immigration on the US economy and the current state of immigration in the United States. 

Click here to find the playlist of these four videos.

Giovanni Peri, Kevin Shih, and Chad Sparber for Reason

Last week, a paper by GMC Director Giovanni Peri, GMC Visiting Scholar Chad Sparber, and former GMC Graduate Student Affiliate Kevin Shih showing the impact of immigration on the United States' aggregate productivity growth was featured by Reason magazine on an article discussing immigration reform as means for the US to outpace China's economy.  In the study they found that an inflow of foreign STEM workers accounted for 30%-50% of the aggregate productivity growth in the U.S. between 1990 and 2010.

Giovanni Peri for The Cultural Mosaic

GMC Director Giovanni Peri was recently featured on an episode of the podcast The Cultural Mosaic discussing the economic implications and impacts of Mexican immigration as well as policy recommendations for the issues Mexican immigrants face. 

To listen to the podcast, click here.

Daniel Costa for Mother Jones

Daniel Costa was interviewed by Mother Jones to discuss the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. Although the name suggests an improvement in conditions for farm laborers, Daniel Costa is dubious of its beneficence. He suggests that the tweak to the system could have an adverse consequence of lowering the pay for migrant farm workers. 

To read Costa's full analysis of the bill in Mother Jones, click here.

Our Migration History Project

On the 25th of this month, GMC program director Linn Normand and colleagues will be giving a presentation about their project titled "Our Migration History". To get an understanding of the goals of the project before attending, we encourage you to watch an animated short that describes their research.  You can find it by clicking the link below.

Our Migration History Video

Emily Vazquez in the Latin American Literary Review

GMC Affiliate Emily Vazquez was published in the Latin American Literary Review. Her paper focuses on the important facts and implications that can be extracted from the Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli. One of the ideas which she discusses is how the Sonoran Desert has been weaponized by the United States government and is used as an instrument of border control.

To read the entire analysis, click here.

Giovanni Peri and Coauthors published in The Economic Journal

Using longitudinal data from refugees in Germany, GMC Director Giovanni Peri and coauthors Michele Battisti and Agnese Romiti found that "immigrants in districts with larger co-ethnic networks are more likely to be employed soon after arrival. This advantage fades after four years, as migrants located in places with smaller co-ethnic networks catch up due to greater human capital investments." The paper was recently published in Oxford University Press' The Economic Journal.

Robert Mckee Irwin Quoted in Conexión Migrante

As coauthor of a binational proposal to address the precarious situation faced by migrants seeking to cross the US's southern border, Irwin argues that "there is not a migratory crisis" but rather that opponents of immigration reform in the US are promulgating a discourse of "crisis" in hopes of thwarting the Biden administration proposals for comprehensive immigration reform.

To read the full story, click here.

Humanizing Deportation Featured by Desinformpé

GMC Deputy Director Robert Irwin's Humanizing Deportation project was recently the subject of an op-ed by Guillermo Castillo Ramírez for Desinformpé The op-ed introduces its community based participatory method, and its robust audiovisual archive on the contemporary human consequences of contemporary migration control mechanisms in the United States and Mexico.

To read the full story, click the link here

Caitlin Patler Receives Russell Sage Foundation Grant

GMC Executive Committee member Caitlin Patler has recently received a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation along with project member Dr. Altaf Saadi of the Harvard Medical School for their project documenting the effects of migrant incarceration on wellbeing, employment, physical and mental health, and more.

The link to the award can be found here.

Robert McKee Irwin featured in La Jornada

GMC Deputy Director Robert Irwin's commentary on the state of immigration legislation was recently featured in an article by La Jornada which notes how academics are urging for the demilitarization of the border as a way to stop and prevent human rights abuse. 

To read the direct quotes from Dr. Irwin, read here

Robert Irwin's Humanizing Deportation project featured in Rebelión

GMC Deputy Director Robert Irwin's project Humanizing Deportation was recently featured by Rebelión. The article noted how the project serves to make visible the experiences of individuals in their own words, highlighting their exclusion from our increasingly globalized world and the violence they face as a result of their status.

To read about the Humanizing Deportation project, click the link here.