David FitzGerald to Speak at Barnard College

CCIS Associate Director David FitzGerald will speak at the Forum on Migration at Barnard College. Information about his talk is below.

Citizenship a la Carte: Emigration and the Mexican State

Monday, 4/26, 7 PM
Sulzberger Parlor
3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Against the claims of many scholars of globalization and transnationalism, Fitzgerald argues that the Westphalian principle of territorial sovereignty is strengthening in ways that has encouraged the Mexican government to renegotiate the terms of the social contract between emigrants and the Mexican state. This new social contract emphasizes voluntaristic ties, a menu of options for expressing membership, an emphasis on rights over obligations, and the legitimacy of plural legal and affective national affiliations.

David Scott FitzGerald is Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author, most recently, of A Nation of Emigrants: How Mexico Manages its Migration (University of California Press, 2009). His major current project examines relationships between liberalism and racism in the immigration and nationality laws of 22 countries in the Americas from 1850 to 2000.

Four Generations of Norteños Reviewed in Latino Studies

CCIS publication Four Generations of Norteños, based on research carried out under the Mexican Migration Field Research Program, was reviewed recently in Latino Studies.

Reviewer Ana María Aragonés writes that the book “provides a thoughtful overview of some determinants of migration. … Its main contribution is to raise doubts about some hypotheses presented by other studies, posing a new set of considerations to the discussion, which in turn makes it a very up-to-date presentation of current research on migration.” She concludes that the book “is written with rigorous clarity and each article is thematically connected to the book’s effort to provide an in-depth assessment of the complex migration of Tlacuitapeños. Understanding the causes and the consequences of migration is imperative not only for the Latin American community of scholars and the general public, but also for all those who live in the United States and in Mexico.”

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The Fiscal Bottom Line on Immigration Reform (Immigration Policy Center)

” … A research team led by Wayne Cornelius, Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego, has found that while unauthorized migrants from Mexico may be caught on their first attempt at crossing the border, they have an almost 100 percent chance of eventual success—particularly if they enlist the services of a coyote, or people smuggler. Moreover, as border enforcement is tightened between ports of entry along the southwest border, more migrants are being smuggled through ports of entry (sealed in a compartment within a vehicle, or as a passenger with false or borrowed documents).

Research by Cornelius and his team have also found that undocumented migration from Mexico has diminished mainly because there are fewer jobs available in the United States. …”

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Survey reveals data on illegal immigration (La Jolla Light)

UCSD professor emeritus Wayne Cornelius recently presented his survey results, facts and views regarding illegal immigration in the United States at a colloquium for the UCSD Chancellor’s Associates.

He observed that enforcement of existing immigration laws is extremely difficult, if not impossible, due to the conflicting interests of employers. That being the case, the resolution of the problem has to start with congressional action.

Cornelius’ topic for the associates event was “Toward a Smarter and More Just U.S. Immigration Policy: What Mexican Migrants Can Tell Us.”

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Some in Arizona Call for Troops Along the Border (Arizona Daily Star)

CCIS Director Emeritus Wayne Cornelius told the Arizona Daily Star:

Calls for the military, which date to the Mexican Revolution, have become politically motivated, knee-jerk overreactions to incidents, said Wayne Cornelius, director emeritus of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at University of California-San Diego. It would be best to leave border work to the Border Patrol, he said.

“They are the trained professionals in immigration law enforcement, including tracking and apprehending people-smugglers,” Cornelius wrote in an e-mail. “We should leave it to the professionals.”

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CCIS Announces Spring Research Seminar Series Schedule

All seminars start at 2:00 PM in the Eleanor Roosevelt Administration Building Conference Room

April 6

Chinese Immigrant Transnational Organizations in the U.S. and Development in China
Min Zhou, Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies, UCLA

April 27

Second Generations in Italy: Literature, Identity, and the Challenge of Citizenship
Clarissa Clo, Assistant Professor of Italian & European Studies; Visiting Research Fellow, CCIS

May 4

Immigration, Race, and Law in Italy: The Political Economy of Backlash
Kitty Calavita, Chancellor’s Professor and Professor of Criminology, Law & Society and Sociology, UC Irvine

May 18

Seminar title to be announced
Aarti Kohli, Director of Immigration Policy, Warren Institute,UC Berkeley Law School

These seminars are open to all members of the UCSD community, as well as faculty and students from other universities and the general public. For directions to CCIS, visit our website. For further information, please contact Ana Minvielle at aminvielle@ucsd.edu or 858-822-4447. Papers previously presented at CCIS seminars can also be downloaded from our website under Working Papers.

David FitzGerald Interviewed by Council on Foreign Relations

CCIS Associate Director David FitzGerald was interviewed recently by the Council on Foreign Relations. Speaking about “The Immigration Economy” FitzGerald said:

“The overall influence of unauthorized immigration on the U.S. economy is quite small, though it is signficant in sectors like agriculture, construction, and the hospitality sector, which rely on low-skilled labor. While unauthorized migration has a slighly depressive effect on the wages of unskilled native workers, only 8 percent of the total hours worked in the U.S. in 2007 were performed by people with less than a high school education. In fact, unauthorized immigrant labor is generally complementary to native-born labor. Unemployed auto workers in Michigan are not migrating to California to pick fruit.”

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