Interpreting Mexico (LA Times)

la_times…Wayne Cornelius
Director, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC San Diego

It’s very clear that the Obama administration is not going to get to comprehensive immigration reform this year. There are simply too many distractions. So if you’re not going to do immigration reform, what do you do? You suggest that you are responsive to the drug violence and respond to very strong criticism from the Hispanic Caucus and the pro-immigration lobby’s criticism of the work-site raids that have taken place in recent years. What they’re saying, and I agree strongly, is that conducting raids affects mostly migrant workers themselves; it does not create a systematic deterrent to employers. It would be better to do more workplace audits, to ramp up the enforcement of the existing employer-sanctions law, rather than do these pinprick raids. You audit the hiring records and make sure the Social Security numbers on those forms coincide with what’s in the federal database… Read full article »

Mexican soccer team: A question of nationality, pride (Chicago Tribune)

chicago_tribune_logo…David Keyes, a researcher at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California at San Diego, said more national teams, especially those in Europe, are wrestling with these questions as their countries receive more immigrants. Keyes, who writes the Culture of Soccer blog, said the debates mirror broader social questions about immigrants assimilating into their new homelands. Mexican soccer fans, he said, want to believe their team’s players bleed red, white and green, as they do.

You almost need an Immigration hearing to determine if a player really cares about his country,” Keyes said…  Read full article »

Samuel Huntington: researcher saw religion as source of conflict (San Diego Union-Tribune)

SanDiegoUnionTribune…That brought a spirited retort from Wayne Cornelius, director of the Center of Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California San Diego. Cornelius wrote in the May/June 2004 Foreign Policy magazine that Huntington’s thesis seemed bizarre. “Young Mexicans today are all too willing to shed their own cultural traditions and embrace U.S. values, such as consumerism,” Cornelius wrote… Read Full Article »

Illegal-immigrant workers driven down hard road (San Diego Union-Tribune)


… “The vast majority of Mexican migrants who have been in the U.S. for more than a few years have nothing to return to in Mexico,” said Wayne Cornelius, director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California San Diego.

“There are no jobs in their hometowns, and most of their close relatives are already living with them here. Their economic and family bases have shifted to the U.S., so they are strongly inclined to ride out the current hard times.” …  Read full article »

State and Local Immigration Policy in the U.S.: An Interdisciplinary Workshop


A conference bringing together social scientists and legal scholars to document and explain the rising incidence of immigration policy activism among state and local governments in the United States.

State and Local Immigration Policy in the U.S.: An Interdisciplinary Workshop Agenda »

State and Local Immigration Policy in the U.S.: An Interdisciplinary Workshop Report »

Diasporic Homecomings: Ethnic Return Migrants in Comparative Perspective

This conference will examine various groups of ethnic return migrants—diasporic peoples who return to their ancestral homelands after living outside their countries of ethnic origin for generations. Conference participants will compare the ethnopolitical reception of ethnic return migrants in different East Asian and European countries and its impact on their ethnic experiences. Diasporic return migration has often been enabled by extraterritorial citizenship and immigration policies of homeland governments based on imaginings of a broader ethnic nation beyond state borders that encompasses diasporic descendants abroad. Nonetheless, ethnic return migrants frequently receive an ambivalent reception in their homelands and are often marginalized as immigrant minorities because of their cultural differences and low socioeconomic position, forcing them to reconsider their national identities and loyalties and their previously idealized images of the ethnic homeland.

Diasporic Homecomings Agenda »

Rolling Back Immigrant Rights in the United States: The Aftermath of 9/11

Academics and legal practitioners reviewed the erosion of immigrant and refugee rights caused by various national security measures implemented (and planned) by the U.S. government in the period since the September 11 terrorist attacks, including Patriot Acts I and II, the selective detention of Arab immigrants, increased border enforcement, and a Supreme Court ruling against due process for immigrants. Efforts to defend immigrants against such measures, as well as the future status of immigrant and refugee rights in the continuing “war on terrorism,” were discussed.

The International Migration of “Traditional Women”: Migrant Sex Workers, Domestic Workers, and Mail-order Brides in the Pacific Rim

CCIS hosted an interdisciplinary conference on the international migration of women filling traditional women’s roles in the Pacific Rim region. The Pacific Rim region has witnessed considerable growth in female migration over the past several decades, particularly from less developed states such as the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia into more developed states such as Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the U.S., and Canada. Many of these female migrants become domestic workers, sex workers, and mail-order brides in the receiving states, providing housecleaning, child care, cooking, elderly care, and/or sexual services. That is, there is an apparent demand in more developed states in the Pacific Rim not for generic labor, but for a certain kind of woman to provide the kinds of gendered services and caring labor historically relegated to women. Concurrently, the industries that recruit, traffic, and broker migrant women for these gendered roles have developed into multi-million dollar enterprises. These emerging markets have consequences for the social structures of both sending and receiving states in the Pacific Rim. They also have consequences for the migrants themselves, who are often subject to abuses not easily addressed through labor laws.

The International Migration of “Traditional Women” Agenda »