UC Riverside Hosts International Migration Conference

The theme is "Immigration Policy at Varying Scales."

Conference poster

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — UC Riverside will host a high level policy conversation about immigration from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 at the Alumni and Visitor’s Center. This is the sixth annual conference, but the first time it has been hosted in Riverside.

Aimed at invited scholars from around the University of California, the Sixth Annual UC International Migration Conference will feature a keynote talk at 11 a.m. by State Sen. Ricardo Lara, who has been an advocate for laws that promote immigrant integration.

“This conference is important because it explores immigration policy at different levels of government,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of political science and associate dean of UCR’s School of Public Policy, the conference host. “We are used to thinking only about immigrant immigration policy at the national level, but especially in California there has been a lot of innovation in how we integrate immigrants in to our society.”

Sen. Lara introduced and co-authored some of the most talked about laws in California, including the law that authorizes undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and to earn professional licenses verifying skills and classes taken.President Barack Obama named Lara a “Champion of Change” at the White House and The Los Angeles Times called him “point man in the push for immigrant rights.” in California.

He chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee and is immediate past chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. He was elected in 2012, becoming the first openly gay person of color elected to the California Senate. Ricardo earned his B.A. in Journalism and Spanish with a minor in Chicano Studies from San Diego State University.

“A conversation about the future of California cannot be had without first addressing immigration realities through forward-looking policy solutions,” said Lara. “I am honored to attend this timely and relevant convening at UC Riverside to discuss immigrant integration legislation that benefits noncitizens and citizens alike.”

“We are fortunate to be able to hear from Senator Lara, and to think more deeply about how state and local efforts might intersect with national developments on immigration,” said Ramakrishnan. His research focuses on a wide variety of projects related to immigrants, including AAPIData.com and the National Asian American Survey. Ramakrishnan has also been appointed by the National Research Council to a panel studying immigrant integration, and is the co-author of a book “The New Immigration Federalism” (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in Fall 2015).

The UC International Migration Conference is part of a larger group of events showcasing engaged scholarship on immigration and U.S. Latinos, with the Tomás Rivera Conference happening the same day.

Conference Schedule:
The Sixth Annual UC International Migration Conference
“Immigration Policy at Varying Scales”

Hosted by the University of California Riverside
School of Public Policy (SPP at UCR)

Friday, February 20, 2015
8am to 5pm
UCR Alumni Center

Link to RSVP

8 am: Breakfast, introductions

8:15 am
“Doing the State’s Work on the Local Level: Border Patrol Agents in Arizona”
Irene Vega, UCLA

8:45 am
“Refugees and Immigration Policy in the Middle East”
Rawan Arar, UC San Diego

9:15 am
“Desde la Raya: Fast Food and Immigration in Orange County, California”
Eudelio P. Martinez Jr., UC Irvine

10 am
“Community-Based Responses to Central American Immigrants: The Arrival of Unaccompanied Minors at the U.S.-Mexico Border”

Adalberto Aguirre, Julisa McCoy, Amy Perry, UC Riverside

10:30 am
“A Crisis of Media Proportions: News Coverage and Agenda Setting on the Child Migrant Problem”
Andrea Silva and Karthick Ramakrishnan, UC Riverside

11 am
Keynote Remarks by State Senator Ricardo Lara, sponsor of landmark legislation on immigrant integration in California

Noon to 1:15pm
Lunch and Poster Session

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Roundtable on Undocumented Status and Its Relevance for Politics and Policy
Caitlin Patler, UC Irvine
Angela Garcia, UC San Diego
Maria-Elena DeTrinidad Young, UCLA
Jane Lilly López, UC San Diego

2:15 pm
“Enrolling ‘Good Immigrants’: Soft Logics of Marginality in the Undocumented Underclass”
Abigail Andrews, UC San Diego

2:45 pm
“The Implications Of Fertility And Socio-Demographic Change For U.S. Immigration Policies On Less-Skilled Immigrants”
Frank Bean, UC Irvine

3:15 pm
“The Great Recession and Health Spending Among Citizens and Noncitizens”
Arturo Vargas Bustamante, UCLA

4 pm
“Organizing Migration: Examining Exploitation and Innovation Hypotheses for Guest Worker Sponsorship”
Peter Norlander, UC Berkeley

4:30 pm
“Changes in the Transnational Family Practices of Mexican Farm Workers in the Era of Border Militarization”
Erin Hamilton and Joanna Hale, UC Davis

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