One Step In and One Step Out: New Book from CCIS on DACA

 CCIS Members and Affiliates – Hillary S. Kosnac; Wayne A. Cornelius; Tom K. Wong; Micah Gell-Redman; and D. Alex Hughes – have published a new book. One Step In and One Step Out: The Lived Experience of Immigrant Participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program is the first scholarly attempt to comprehensively address the question of why some age-eligible immigrants have applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program status while many more – nearly two-thirds of those estimated to be potentially eligible – have not. The study devotes special attention to the geography of DACA — how place of residence influences the likelihood of participation — and the role of social networks in transmitting knowledge about the program. Qualitative interviews illuminate life after receiving DACA status.

The interviewees report that DACA status has positively transformed their lives, especially in terms of educational and economic advancement. However, as a consequence of their tentative legal status, they continue to face significant limits and obstacles to full incorporation into the United States. They are eager to translate their three-year deferral of deportation into legal permanent residency, but Congress has not provided a path for doing so, and Obama’s executive action can be reversed by a future President. The authors draw upon five different types of data collected for the study, including a large-scale, on-line survey of undocumented millenials; a national-level dataset on DACA applicants; survey interviews with residents of a high-emigration community in Oaxaca, Mexico and a random sample of Mexican-born persons now living in San Diego County; and in-depth, semi-structured interview with undocumented youths in San Diego County who had applied for DACA. They propose fourteen policy recommendations, for increasing future participation in the DACA program and for enhancing the economic, social, and psychological integration of those who benefit from it.

Feb 23: Authors Meet Critics with David FitzGerald and Natalia Molina

Authors Meet Critics: Book Panel for Culling the Masses and How Race is Made in America

David FitzGerald, Associate Professor of Sociology, UCSD – Culling the Masses
Natalia Molina, Associate Professor of History and Urban Studies, UCSD – How Race is Made in America
Nayan Shah, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and History. USC – Discussant

Monday, February 23, 12:00pm
Eleanor Roosevelt College Administration Building
Conference Room 115, First Floor

*Lunch will be provided

Culling the MassesThe Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas questions the widely held view that in the long run democracy and racism cannot coexist. David Scott FitzGerald and David Cook-Martín show that democracies were the first countries in the Americas to select immigrants by race, and undemocratic states the first to outlaw discrimination. Through analysis of legal records from twenty-two countries between 1790 and 2010, the authors present a history of the rise and fall of racial selection in the Western Hemisphere.

The conventional claim that racism and democracy are antithetical—because democracy depends on ideals of equality and fairness, which are incompatible with the notion of racial inferiority—cannot explain why liberal democracies were leaders in promoting racist policies and laggards in eliminating them. Ultimately, the authors argue, the changed racial geopolitics of World War II and the Cold War was necessary to convince North American countries to reform their immigration and citizenship laws.

How Race Is Made in AmericaImmigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts examines Mexican Americans—from 1924, when American law drastically reduced immigration into the United States, to 1965, when many quotas were abolished—to understand how broad themes of race and citizenship are constructed. These years shaped the emergence of what Natalia Molina describes as animmigration regime, which defined the racial categories that continue to influence perceptions in the United States about Mexican Americans, race, and ethnicity.

Prof. Molina introduces and explains her central theory, racial scripts, which highlights the ways in which the lives of racialized groups are linked across time and space and thereby affect one another. How Race Is Made in America also shows that these racial scripts are easily adopted and adapted to apply to different racial groups.

David Scott FitzGerald is the Theodore E. Gildred Chair in U.S.-Mexican Relations, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He is co-author of Culling the Masses: The Democratic Roots of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas (Harvard University Press, 2014); author of A Nation of Emigrants: How Mexico Manages its Migration (University of California Press, 2009), and co-editor of six books on Mexico-U.S. migration.
FitzGerald’s work on the politics of international migration, transnationalism, and research methodology has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Sociology, International Migration Review, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Qualitative Sociology, New York University Law Review, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. His current project examines asylum policies in comparative perspective.

Natalia Associate is Professor of History and Urban Studies and Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Diversity and Equity at the University of California, San Diego. Her first book, Fit to be Citizens? Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1939, explored the ways in which race is constructed relationally and regionally. In that work, which garnered the Noris and Carol Hundley book prize of the PCB-American Historical Association, she argues that race must be understood comparatively in order to see how the laws, practices, and attitudes directed at one racial group affected others. Fit to Be Citizens?demonstrates how both science and public health shaped the meaning of race in the early twentieth century.
Professor Molina  previously served as the Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities and before that as the Director for University of California Education Abroad Program in Granada, Córdoba, and Cádiz, Spain.

Nayan Shah is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at University of Southern California. He previously worked as a professor of history at University of California, San Diego and State University of New York Binghamton. Prof. Shah’s research and teaching focuses on the struggles over state authority in relation to the politics of race and gender. His research is most well known for its reconceptualization of how racial meanings are constituted through the articulations of gender and sexuality in state politics and culture. Prof. Shah’s first book, Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco’s Chinatown, examined the history of San Francisco Chinatown through the prism of public health and policy. It won the Association of Asian American Studies History Book Prize in 2002.
In Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality, and the Law in the North American West, Prof. Shah explored the contestations over the meanings of state power and citizenship through the social relationships that arose among South Asian migrants in northwestern United States and Canada in the twentieth century. He currently serves as editor for the GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.


Feb 12: Recognizing Refugees from the Hemispheric Drug War with Everard Meade

Children of Impunity and Ignominy: Recognizing Refugees from the Hemispheric Drug War

Thursday, January 22, 12:10pm 
California Western School of Law
Room 2F

Everard MeadeDr. Everard Meade is the Director of the Trans-Border Institute (TBI) at the University of San Diego. Dr. Meade received a PhD in History from the University of Chicago and is a published scholar with extensive experience teaching courses on the history of Mexico, U.S. relations with Latin America and human rights.

He was co-founder of the Eleanor Roosevelt College Human Rights Minor Program at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Meade’s most recent research focuses on individuals and families who have fled violence in Mexico and Central America. For the past fifteen years, Dr. Meade has also served as advisor, activist, expert witness and grant writer raising funds for the Chicago-based National Immigrant Justice Center.

This presentation is a part of the Seeking Asylum in North America speaker series, co-sponsored by the California Western School of Law, the Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies and the Scholars Strategy Network.

Claire Adida’s new book “Immigrant Exclusion and Insecurity in Africa: Coethnic Strangers”

Immigrant Exclusion - AdidaClaire L. Adida, UC San Diego Assistant Professor of Political Science and CCIS Research Associate, has published a new book through Cambridge Press – Immigrant Exclusion and Insecurity in Africa: Coethnic Strangers

The book explores the diverse immigrant experiences in urban West Africa, where some groups integrate seamlessly while others face exclusion and violence. It shows, counterintuitively, that cultural similarities between immigrants and their hosts do not help immigrant integration and may, in fact, disrupt it. This book is one of the first to describe and explain in a systematic way immigrant integration in the developing world, where half of all international migrants go. It relies on intensive fieldwork tracking two immigrant groups in three host cities, and draws from in-depth interviews and survey data to paint a picture of the immigrant experience from both immigrant and host perspectives.

KNOMAD issues Call for Proposal on Internal Migration and Urbanization

 The Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) is envisaged to be a global hub of knowledge and policy expertise on migration and development issues. KNOMAD draws on experts from all parts of the world to synthesize existing knowledge and generate new knowledge for use by policy makers in sending and receiving countries. KNOMAD works in close coordination with the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and the Global Migration Group (GMG).

KNOMAD has been working on improving understanding on internal migration and urbanization. In 2014, KNOMAD worked on three aspects of internal migration: (i) drivers of internal migration, (ii) impact of internal migration, including on poverty reduction, and (iii) internal migration data. Some of the work is available as a KNOMAD Working Paper series and on KNOMAD web, .

In an effort to further enhance understanding on internal migration, the KNOMAD Thematic Working Group on Internal Migration and Urbanization plans to look into the link between internal migration and rural and urban development. It aims to identify good practices that help develop sustainable livelihoods and create jobs in rural and urban areas, while leveraging the internal migration process for poverty reduction and development.

Please click here for more information on the Call for Proposal specifying the objectives and scope of the research, together with timelines.

If interested in joining this effort, please send a research proposal to C.R. Abrar (, Rosemary Vargas-Lundius (, copying Soonhwa Yi ( by February 23, 2015. A proposal should specify (i) motivation and the main research question, (ii) brief literature review, (iii) methodology, (iv) expected findings and their policy implications, (v) team composition and budget, and (vi) timeline.


Puentes Consortium opens call for research stays

Puentes ConsortiumPuentes Consortium has opened its annual call for short-term research stays. Funds are available for professors and for PhD students from UCSD for four to six weeks stays over the summer in Mexico at the University of Monterrey, University of the Americas Puebla, and the Tecnologico de Monterrey.

Priority is given to research related to binational and border issues, but the consortium has a wider interest in issues related to energy, the environment, education and health. The deadline for proposals is March 1st and the call is attached.

Proposals can be submitted directly to but I would like to encourage prospective applicants to notify me of their application as well.

Immigrant Justice Group accepting applications for 2015 class

Immigrant Justice Corps

Immigrant Justice Corps recruits talented lawyers and college graduates from around the country and partners them with New York City’s leading non-profit legal services providers and community-based organizations to offer a broad range of immigration assistance including naturalization, deportation defense, and affirmative applications for asylum seekers, juveniles, and victims of crime, domestic violence or human trafficking.

The Community Fellowship is a 2-year program designed for recent college graduates who are interested in immigration law, social justice, and public service. We are trained in immigration law and have paralegal-type responsibilities. IJC is now accepting applications for the 2015 class.

Applications close on March 2, 2015.  More details about the fellowship and application process can be found at

IJC will be doing on-campus visits throughout the months of January and February. Visit their Facebook page for the dates and locations. We will also have two Q & A conference calls. The first will be on February 2nd at 3 p.m. EST and the second on February 18th at 5 p.m. EST. Please email to RSVP.

Erin Conners awarded grant to study migration and Chagas disease

 Erin Conners, doctoral student in Public Health-Global Health, has been awarded a dissertation research grant by UC MEXUS to study the prevalence and correlates of Chagas disease among a group of migrants at the Mexico-Guatemala border and explore whether they have a heightened vulnerability to contracting the disease. Chagas disease is a potentially life-threatening chronic illness that affects an estimated 8 million individuals in Latin America.

Alina Mendez awarded grant for Bracero-era migration study

Alina Mendez has been awarded a UC MEXUS research grant for her dissertation study entitled “Cheap for Whom? Family Migration and Labor in the Imperial-Mexicali Borderlands, 1942-1964.” The study examines the dynamics of social reproduction of transborder workers in the eastern California-Baja California borderlands during the Bracero Program era.

Alina is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at UC San Diego.