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News Posted on June 20, 2012

Dean Johnson Interviewed on Anti-Terrorism and Civil Rights

Dean Kevin R. Johnson was interviewed on the impacts of government anti-terrorism activity on civil rights for an article in Prism, an online not-for-profit magazine that provides analysis of security related issues that are often neglected in the mainstream press.

Dean Johnson said that "the post-September 11 ‘war on terror' had a serious impact on the civil rights of immigrants and certain groups of U.S. citizens," noting the immigration restrictions placed upon Arab and Muslim non-citizens, increased border enforcement efforts, and record numbers of deportations and removals of non-citizens.

"The ‘war on terror' in transforming the public view of immigration has made comprehensive immigration reform extremely difficult for Congress to pass, which has had negative impacts on Latino and Asian immigrants and their families in the United States," Dean Johnson said.

Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.