Initiatives

Programs and Research

Programs

 Title Primary Partners Description
AB540 and Undocumented Student Center AB540 and Undocumented Student Center The center increases campus awareness of, and advocates for, AB540 and undocumented student issues. The center fosters a sense of belonging, community and well-being for all undocumented students on campus and educational programming for the entire campus communitiy. 
Binational Business Program  U.S. Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange, Fulbright Commission, UC Davis ICC This program is unique among Fulbright programs worldwide, and it was created in 1996 to promote mutual understanding among the business communities in Mexico and U.S. Selected students participate in a ten-month internship at a multinational company located in Mexico while taking graduate classes at one of two of Mexico’s most prestigious private universities.
Childhood Arrivals Project UC Davis School of Law The Childhood Arrivals Project provides legal support and representation to unaccompanied immigrant minors and immigrants eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Through the Immigration Law Clinic’s efforts, thousands of DACA-eligible immigrants have received critical information about the DACA program, and many have received direct assistance in preparing their DACA applications.
Immigrant Integration and Citizenship Project UC Davis School of Law The Immigrant Integration and Citizenship Project provides education, outreach, and legal services to immigrants seeking to integrate and participate in civic and political society.
Immigration Law Clinic UC Davis School of Law The UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic  serves both documented and undocumented immigrants. Over the years, the Clinic has represented people from all over the world, including Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and Eastern Europe.
King Hall Immigration Detention Project UC Davis School of Law The King Hall Immigration Detention Project provides legal assistance to immigration detainees and litigates detention issues of national impact in immigration court and at the appellate level. In addition, counsel to public defenders is offered so that they may render effective assistance of counsel in accordance with their duties under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Padilla v. Kentucky decision.
Latino/a Health Internship Program UC Davis Study Abroad, Adela de la Torre, and Yvette Flores

This specialized program offers students the opportunity to take UC Davis classes on transnational (US-Mexico) health issues and participate in approximately 180 hours of clinical rotations through internships in hospitals and clinics in Oaxaca, Mexico. The courses offered are designed to provide students with cultural competencies that are crucial for effective health care professionals. 

The Frontiers of Immigration International Conference UC Davis Temporary Migration Cluster The Temporary Migration Cluster is a research network bringing together Economists, Sociologists, Political Scientists, Historians, Demographers and Law Scholars. This conference brings together top world scholars who have analyzed the economic, demographic, political and social consequences of migrations. Their research will provide the facts and in-depth understanding that is much needed to inform immigration policies. 
UC Comparative Immigration & Integration Program  UC Davis Faculty Member Philip Martin is Chair of the Program The Comparative Immigration and Integration Program, supported by the Center for German and European Studies, enables UC faculty and graduate students interested in comparative migration issues to discuss their research with colleagues in periodic seminars. The Comparative Policy Research Center supported briefings on migration issues for state legislators and researchers in Sacramento.
UC Davis Alumni Reception in Mexico City Cal Aggie Alumni Association, UC Davis Student Affairs This reception served to assist the university in identifying potential funding partners to support cooperative research and student exchange programs of mutual interest. Distinguished Mexican national leaders in higher education, business, and government, as well as UC Davis alumni living in Mexico were in attendance.
UCD-CONACYT Fellowship Visits Program  CONACYT, UC Davis Global Affairs, UC Davis Student Affairs The National Council for Science and Technology of the United Mexican States and UC Davis are currently in the final stages of formalizing an agreement to create a variety of short fellowship visit programs with the aim of offering scholastic visiting opportunities to graduate student and postdoctoral fellows from Mexico to the University of California, Davis. This agreement is coupled with the UC Education Abroad Reciprocal Exchanges Program with regards to UNAM graduate students visiting UC Davis.  
UndocuAlly Program for Educators AB540 and Undocumented Student Center UndocuAlly is a term used to identify campus allies for undocumented students.  The UndocuAlly Program for Educators is a professional learning opportunity for educators to develop and enhance their working knowledge regarding supporting undocumented student populations at UC Davis.

Research 

Title Primary Partners Description
"End of Farm Labor Abundance” Project Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics, UC Davis, El Colegio de Mexico

The downward trend in farm labor supply is pervasive across Mexico’s five census regions. The transition of Mexican workers away from agriculture will have profound impacts for the U.S. farm sector, which historically has depended on an elastic supply of Mexican farm labor and will now have to compete with Mexican farms for a dwindling supply of labor. In the short run, the ramifications of a lower agricultural labor supply are partly mitigated by a decreased labor demand because of the California drought. 

Civil Rights and Immigration Law Research Center for Poverty Research Multiple presentations throughout the year on Immigration Law are coordinated by Professor Emeritus Cruz Reynoso.
Climate Change and Labor Markets in Rural Mexico: Evidence From Annual Fluctuations in Weather (Paper & Presentation in Istanbul Co-authored by UC Davis faculty) Fifth World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, Colorado State University, UC Davis

This paper and presentation evaluates the effects of annual fluctuations in temperature and precipitation on labor allocation in rural Mexico. We use a 28-year individual panel dataset to investigate how people adjust their sector and location of work in response to year-to-year variation in weather. These results provide an important example of how climate change might impact rural labor markets in developing countries.

Haiti Project California International Law Center, UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic Participants in the Haiti Project plan to report on the status of humanitarian parole, an emergency legal mechanism used in the past to bring needy persons temporarily into the United States. Clinic Lecturer Holly S. Cooper, along with attorneys from the San Francisco law firm of Reed Smith LLP and elsewhere, did the fieldwork for the report.
International Migration, Remittances, and the Impacts of the Great Recession in Rural Mexico   This research provides an interesting real-world application and extension of basic project models. The applications include evaluations of the impacts on rural Mexico of cash transfers for the poor, ecotourism, global food-price shocks, irrigation projects, migration, and corruption.
Making Invisible Carceral Spaces Visible: Immigration, Detention, and Activism inside the El Centro INS Service Processing Center UC Davis Temporary Migration Cluster This work seeks to historicize immigrant detention centers in the United States post-1952. She investigates how undocumented and incarcerated immigrants make claims on the state.
Managing Migration in the 21st Century
The Future of Labor Migration in Asia
Comparative Immigration and Integration Program, UC Davis School of Law This research is focused on two major elements of migration policy: effective limitation of immigration and - simultaneously - effective integration of those who immigrated. Concerns the effectiveness of the integration of immigrants.
Migration and Fuel Use in Rural Mexico Research Project University of California, Davis, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics,  Colorado State University, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

This research explores the reliance of renewable natural resources in developing countries. A transition from traditional to modern fuels can benefit households by reducing these negative effects. Migration, a quintessential feature of development, may facilitate this transition, but its impacts on fuel choice are theoretically ambiguous. 

PRECESAM (Program for the Study of Economic Change and Sustainability in Mexican Agriculture) Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis, El Colegio de Mexico (COLMEX) The Program for the Study of Economic Change and Sustainability in Mexican Agriculture is a special research program that is a part of the Center of Economic Studies at El Colegio de México. Its fundamental objective is to carry out studies of the Mexican rural sector and contribute towards understanding the effects of economic changes currently underway on rural economic livelihoods and the environment.
Rural Household Survey (ENHRUM) Center of Economic Studies at El Colegio de Mexico, UC Davis, CONACYT, Ford Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, UC Mexus The Mexican National Rural Household Survey (ENHRUM for the Spanish acronym) is a PRECESAM and a Rural Economies of the Americas Program's (REAP) project. PRECESAM belongs to the Center of Economic Studies at El Colegio de Mexico and REAP is at the University of California-Davis. The ENHRUM has been funded by the National Council on Science and Technology (CONACYT for the Spanish acronym), Ford Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and UC-Mexus.
The Frontiers of Immigration International Conference UC Davis Temporary Migration Cluster The Temporary Migration Cluster is a research network bringing together Economists, Sociologists, Political Scientists, Historians, Demographers and Law Scholars. Immigration has a deep impact on the economy, society and culture in the US and in the World. This conference brings together top world scholars who have analyzed the economic, demographic, political and social consequences of migrations. 
The Impact of International Graduate Students on US Graduate Education/The Effects of Immigration on Household Services, Labor Supply, and Fertility Institute for Employment Research, UC Davis Economics This is a research presentation series coordinated through the UC Davis Temporary Migration Cluster
UC Comparative Immigration & Integration Program  UC Davis Faculty Member Philip Martin is Chair of the Program The Comparative Immigration and Integration Program, supported by the Center for German and European Studies, enables UC faculty and graduate students interested in comparative migration issues to discuss their research with colleagues in periodic seminars. The Comparative Policy Research Center supports briefings on migration issues for state legislators and researchers in Sacramento.
US-Mexico Working Group on Arts and Culture Co-Chaired by UC Davis faculty Robert Irvin In addition to establishing research collaborations, these working groups are expected to develop opportunities for increased student (undergraduate and graduate) and academic (faculty and postdoctoral fellow) exchanges. Migration between Mexico and the US will play a fundamental part in the activities of this working group.
US-Mexico Working Group on the Environment Chaired by UC Davis Faculty J. Edward Taylor The five initial working groups have been identified as energy, education, environment, health, and arts and culture. Within these broad areas, working group members will identify key issues of mutual interest, on which research and scholarly activities can be brought to bear. For the Group on Environment, Chaired by UC Davis, interactions among climate change, migration, and the environment between Mexico and the US will be a central focus.