2018-2019 News

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.

Santiago Perez's Research on Economic Mobility of Second-Generation Americans Featured in Vox, Irish Central, and Rio Grande Guardian

November 01, 2019
The adult children of immigrants, almost universally, show more upward economic mobility than their peers whose parents were born in the United States. Indeed, a new working paper co-authored by Santiago Pérez finds that this is especially true for the lowest-income immigrants and remains true for the most recent cohorts for which data is available.

Recent Research by Santiago Perez on Economic Success of Second Generation Immigrants

October 30, 2019

In a new working paper, joint with Ran Abramitzky, Leah Boustan and Elisa Jacome, Center Affiliate Santiago Perez analyzes millions of father-son pairs spanning more than 100 years of U.S. history to show that children of poor immigrants from nearly every sending country have had greater success climbing the economic ladder than children of similarly poor fathers born in the United States. Moreover, the analysis documents that immigrants today are no slower to move into the middle class than immigrants from 100 years ago.

Santiago Perez's Research on Immigrant Assimilation Featured in The New York Times

October 29, 2019
“The short-term perspective on immigrant assimilation that politicians tend to take might underestimate the long-run success of immigrants,” said Ran Abramitzky, a professor at Stanford and one of the paper’s authors, along with Leah Platt Boustan, Elisa Jácome and Santiago Pérez. “By the second generation, they are doing quite well.”