8th International Migration Conference
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At the 8th Annual University of California International Migration Conference, join us at a plenary session with a special talk on "Being Undocumented ​at UC in the Trump Era" with:

María Blanco is Executive Director of the UC Undocumented Legal Services Center, which provides immigration-related legal services for undocumented students at UC Davis, UC Merced, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, and UC Riverside. It is the only Center of its kind and serves as a model to adopt by other interested universities.  Before she assumed her current position, she was Vice President of California Community Foundation, responsible for overseeing its Immigrant Integration Initiative. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity at UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, and before that as executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. She was National Senior Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (1998–2003). She served on President Barack Obama’s transition team. Her undergraduate and law degrees are both from the University of California, Berkeley.  A graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law, Blanco has more than 20 years' experience as a litigator and advocate for immigrant rights, women's rights, and social justice.

Meng So is the founder and director of the Undocumented Student Program at UC Berkeley, coordinating efforts to initiate and enact a comprehensive agenda that responds to the needs of first-generation, low-income, undocumented students.  The program has quickly emerged as embodying best practices of support that are now being replicated at other universities in California and nationwide.  Today, Meng serves on the University of California Presidential Task Force on Undocumented Students, and the Leadership Board of Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC), and he is a Rockwood Immigrants Rights Fellow for a New California and lends his voice to national efforts to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. 

Joel Sati is a first-year Ph.D student in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy program at UC Berkeley. Sati’s research is in legal philosophy, political philosophy, epistemology, and cognitive linguistics, with a focus on normative citizenship in light of the marginalization of peoples. Sati is also the founder and Executive Editor of Undocumental, a multi-platform initiative designed to interrogate the political situation of illegalized immigrants through amplifying those who are rendered illegal by the state in one way or other. In addition, Sati is also Coblentz fellow working in the Haas Institute’s Global Justice Project, authoring a report on the status of noncitizens around the globe. In addition to academic work, Sati, an immigrant from Kenya, has also worked with local and national immigrants rights organizations such as CASA de Maryland, African Communities Together, and the New York Immigration Coalition. Sati received his B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in philosophy from the City College of New York, CUNY.

Free event.
Anna Head Alumna Hall, 2537 Haste Street. Berkeley 
Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

The following is the conference agenda: 

8:00 – 8:15 am: Welcome and Introductions

8:15 – 9:30 am: “Immigration and the State: Legality, Detention, and Social Capital”

“Gender and the Politics of the Policed: Mexican Migrants under Local Regimes of ‘Illegality,’” Abigail Andrews (UC San Diego)

“Facilitating Conditions: Information and Access to Social Services among Undocumented Women,” Dani Carrillo (UC Berkeley)

“Socioeconomic Reintegration Following Long-Term Immigration Detention,” Caitlin Patler (UC Davis)

“Legal Brokers: Navigating Illegality through Social Capital,” Vanessa Delgado (UC Irvine)

9:30 – 9:45 am: Break

9:45 am – 11:00 am: “State Policies, Immigration, and Education”

“Creating Deportee-Friendly Policies: Local and State-Level Policy Solutions to Protect California Families affected by Deportation,” Jane Lilly López (UC San Diego)

"Mediating Illegality: The Role of Federal, State, and Institutional Policies in the Educational Incorporation of Undocumented College Students,” Laura E. Enriquez (UC Irvine), Daniel Millán (UC Irvine), Martha A. Morales (UC Irvine), and Daisy Vazquez Vera

“The Battle for an Education: Growing up Illegal in Northern California,” Osiris Aníbal Gómez (UC Santa Barbara)

“Fractured Paths: Undocumented Latina/o Students’ Journey to College,” Karina Chavarria (UCLA)

“The Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Immigrant Integration,” Tom Wong (UC San Diego) 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Plenary Session, “Being Undocumented at UC in the Trump Era”

María Blanco, Executive Director, UC Undocumented Legal Services Program

Meng So, Founder and Director, UC Berkeley Undocumented Student Program

Joel Sati, Ph.D. Candidate and Founder of Undocumental

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm: “Federalism, Neoliberalism and Resistance in the Trump Era”

“Immigrant Inclusion and Federated Citizenship in the United States,” Allan Colbern (UC Riverside) and Karthick Ramakrishnan (UC Riverside)

“Sanctuary Cities and Immigrant Rights: Why the Framework Matters” Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA)

“Trumpism, Authoritarian Neoliberalism, and Subaltern Latina/o Politics,” Alfonso Gonzales (UC Riverside)

“California’s Responses to Immigration Projects: Structural and Symbolic Trajectories of Mexican Immigration in the Trump Era,” Gabriela Borge Janetti (UC Berkeley)

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm: “Refugees, Asylum, and Humanitarianism”

“The Policy and Practice of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program: Structural Constraints and Consequences,” Molly Fee (UCLA)

“Political Attitudes of Syrian Women in the U.S.,” Beyzanur Han Tuncez (UC Riverside)

“Haitian West Coast Shift: Will Southern California be the New Migration Hub for Haitians Ejected from Humanitarian Aid in Brazil?” Amanda Pinheiro de Oliveira (UC Santa Barbara)

“A Rite of Reverse Passage: The Construction of Youth Migration in the U.S. Asylum Process,” Chiara Galli (UCLA)

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm: Break

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm: “Legality, Economics, and Immigrant Self Perceptions”

“’Even though We are Born Here’: The Consequences of Legal Status on Adult Children in Mixed-Status Families,” Isabel García (UC Berkeley)

“Trust and the Social Worlds of Korean and Mexican Undocumented Adults,” Esther Yoona Cho (UC Berkeley)

“The Myth of Competing Allegiances: Transnational Economic Connections among Second-Generation Mexican and Filipino Americans,” Armand René Gutiérrez (UC San Diego)

“When We Ask, They Do Answer: Response Behavior to Questions of Citizenship and Green Card Status in the California Health Interview Survey,” Joe Viana (UCLA)

5:00 pm: Reception

Sponsored by the California Immigrant Research Initiative & the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society