Dean Johnson Comments on Immigration Reform Proposal for NPR
Dean Kevin R. Johnson commented for a news report on local National Public Radio affiliate KQED on details of the immigration reform bill recently unveiled by a bipartisan group of eight senators. Dean Johnson discussed the lengthy process involved in the path to citizenship offered to undocumented immigrants, provisions in the bill that apply specifically to immigrants working in agriculture or tech-related industries, and other aspects of the proposed reforms. He said he is "cautiously optimistic" about the bill.
"I think the senators have put forth a good faith effort, and there is room for discussion and debate, criticism and dialogue," Dean Johnson said. "In these hard, difficult issues, in some ways that's where we have to start."
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.